Audi has taken the wraps off the RS Q3 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Previewed by a similarly named concept, the production model has an aggressive body kit with modified bumpers, revised side skirts and a rear diffuser. The crossover has also been equipped with honeycomb grille inserts, matte aluminum trim and a single elliptical tailpipe. There's also high-performance brakes, a 25mm reduced ride height and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.
Moving on to the interior, the RS Q3 comes nicely equipped with leather / Alcantara sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and alloy pedals. Other highlights include an RS-specific infotainment system and piano black, aluminum race or carbon fiber trim.
A turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine resides under the hood and develops 310 HP (228 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. It is paired to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system which enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 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.