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Audi Q3 gets the RS Performance treatment

Audi Q3 gets the RS Performanc...
The Audi RS Q3 Performance has 362 hp on tap
The Audi RS Q3 Performance has 362 hp on tap
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The RS Q3 Performance interior
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The RS Q3 Performance interior
Inside the new RS Q3 Performance
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Inside the new RS Q3 Performance
The new Performance Q3 rides on 20-in five-spoke wheels
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The new Performance Q3 rides on 20-in five-spoke wheels
The brake calipers can be ordered in red or black
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The brake calipers can be ordered in red or black
The RS Q3 Performance has matte titanium-look accents to distinguish it
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The RS Q3 Performance has matte titanium-look accents to distinguish it
The latest Q3 hits 62 mph in 4.4 seconds
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The latest Q3 hits 62 mph in 4.4 seconds
Audi will debut the RS Q3 Performance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March
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Audi will debut the RS Q3 Performance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March
Audi RS Q3 Performance
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The Audi RS Q3 Performance has 362 hp on tap
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The Audi RS Q3 Performance has 362 hp on tap
Audi RS Q3 Performance
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Designed for folks that like the RS Q3 but want a touch more oomph, the all-new RS Q3 Performance joins the RS6 and RS7 Performance models in the growing RS Performance family. It packs more of everything an RS owner wants: power, speed and acceleration. This compact crossover has the soul of a hot hatch.

Using a modified fuel pump and increased cooling capacity, Audi gives the RS Q3's 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder an extra 27 hp over the standard RS. That means the engine is good for 362 hp, along with 343 lb-ft of torque (up from 332 lb-ft on the RS Q3).

The extra output channeling through the sport-tuned seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent AWD equates to a claimed 4.4-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time, cutting four-tenths of a second off the standard RS Q3's time. The RS Q3 Performance is able to reach 168 mph (270 km/h) and manages an estimated 27.4 mpg US (8.6 l/100 km).

The new Performance Q3 rides on 20-in five-spoke wheels
The new Performance Q3 rides on 20-in five-spoke wheels

Subtle exterior tweaks distinguish the RS Q3 Performance from the standard RS Q3. The car is available in Performance-exclusive Ascari blue metallic paint and features a slew of matte titanium-look accents around the front grille, air inlets, side window trim, mirror caps, roof rails, diffuser and roof-edge spoiler. It rides on Performance-exclusive matte titanium-finish 20-in RS wheels.

The RS Q3 Performance interior
The RS Q3 Performance interior

The RS Q3 Performance's sporty interior includes sport seats; instruments with gray faces, white dials and red needles; blue stitching; and carbon twill blue inlays.

The RS Q3 performance will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and is available for order in Germany now from €61,000 (approx. US$68,300). Deliveries will begin in the second quarter.

Source: Audi

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