Audi has ramped up its high performance RS Q3 crossover with a new range-topping RS Q3 performance edition. As its name suggests, the enhancements to the German carmaker’s smallest SUV have been made with performance in mind – its five-cylinder turbocharged engine now makes 27 extra horsepower for a total of 362hp.
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Audi RS Q3 performance – driving and engine
The car is fitted with the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo petrol engine as the standard RS Q3 but Audi has upped its output giving it an additional 27hp and 15Nm of torque – matching the figures from the latest RS3 Sportback.
The RS Q3 performance will sprint from 0-62mph in an impressive 4.4 seconds and will reach a top speed of 167mph – a 0.4 second and 12mph improvement respectively. Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox also come fitted as standard.
Audi RS Q3 performance – styling
On top of upping the power, the new performance model has been treated to several exterior design revisions including a titanium style finish on the front grille, air intakes, roof rails, rear diffuser and roof mounted spoiler.
In addition, buyers can fit 20-inch alloy wheels exclusive to the RS Q3 performance – these come in matt titanium as standard with a black finish as a no-cost option. The Ascari blue metallic paint is also exclusive to the performance model.
Audi RS Q3 performance – spec
Other features that come fitted as standard on the Q3 performance include racing red brake calipers and sports seats. A design package including an RS sport leather steering wheel, gear lever selector, centre armrest and floor mats with blue contrast stitching can be added at no extra charge.
Audi RS Q3 performance – price and release date
The Audi RS Q3 performance is on sale now with costing from £49,175 – a £3,365 premium over the standard RS Q3. First deliveries are expected in spring 2016.
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