Audi has just made the school run a heap more exciting, unveiling its first Q model to be given the full quattro GmbH treatment.
The quattro performance division, responsible for all of Audi’s monstrous RS models, hasn’t held back with the new RS Q3, either.
It might offer a slightly taller view of the road than regular RS cars, but under the bonnet you’ll find the same 2.5-litre, five-cylinder TFSI petrol engine that powers both the TT RS and the Audi RS3.
That means there’s 310 PS available and 420 Nm of torque, all delivered through Audi’s iconic quattro all-wheel drive system. It’s all controlled by a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, and flappy paddles behind the steering wheel let you choose your own gears.
How fast? Officially, 62 mph will pass you by in 5.5 seconds, and top speed is pegged at 155 mph. Despite all this performance, combined economy is a not-completely-terrifying 32.1 mpg, and the RS Q3 even features a stop-start system for saving fuel in town.
The interior is glitzed up with the usual RS accoutrements, including diamond-stiched leather seats, an RS flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, aluminium pedal faces and more. A BOSE surround-sound system with 14 speakers is on the options list.
The MMI multimedia system also features the RS logo on startup, and allows you to monitor boost pressure, oil temperature and all those other functions that nobody really thinks about any more. Amusingly, a lap timer is also included, should you ever take your searing-hot crossover on a circuit.
The RS Q3’s exterior is also dripping with RS addenda, from the deep front bumper and rear diffuser, to large alloy wheels, contrasting silver trim and slick LED running lights.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Order summer, deliveries late 2013