Following this afternoon's leak, Audi has officially unveiled the 2014 RS Q3.
Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the first RS Q variant has an aggressive appearance with new bumpers, revised side skirts and honeycomb grille inserts. There's also matte aluminum trim, a roof-mounted spoiler, a rear diffuser and an elliptical tailpipe. Other highlights include a 25mm reduced ride height, high-performance brakes (with painted black eight-piston calipers) and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The sporty styling carries over to the cabin as the crossover features leather / Alcantara sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and alloy pedals. Upon closer inspection, buyers will also discover an RS-specific MMI infotainment system and piano black, aluminum race or carbon fiber trim. If that isn't impressive enough, customers can order GPS navigation, a WLAN hotspot and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.
Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder petrol engine that develops 310 HP (228 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system. This enables the 1,730 kg (3,814 lb) crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, the model averages 8.8 L/100km (26.7 mpg US / 32.1 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 206 g/km.
The Audi RS Q3 will go on sale this fall and German pricing starts at €54,600.