PERFORMANCE STAR: Small SUV will hit 100kmh in 4.4 seconds and on to 270kmh; arrives here by year's end with a price tag around the $90k mark.
PERFORMANCE STAR: Small SUV will hit 100kmh in 4.4 seconds and on to 270kmh; arrives here by year's end with a price tag around the $90k mark.

Audi decides 250kW isn't enough for its RS Q3 small SUV

DO WE really need a small SUV with 250kW and 450Nm that can hit 100kmh in 4.8 seconds?

Of course we don't, but that's not to say we don't like them.

The Audi RS Q3 achieves such performance duties admirably, and does so for just over $80,000. But what if those figures don't quite cut it? You know, when you need a faster baby SUV than that?

Behold the Audi RS Q3 Performance model - which in a roundabout way suggests you boggo RS Q3 owners aren't in charge of a performance car. Funny old world.

Audi RS Q3 Performance. Photo: Contributed
Audi RS Q3 Performance. Photo: Contributed

Set to arrive late this year, this new ultimate Q3 offers 270kW and 465Nm from its 2.5-litre TFSI engine, helping it crack 100kmh in 4.4-seconds (quicker than a Porsche Macan Turbo, don't you know), and ups the top speed from 250kmh to 270kmh.

The Performance model also brings exclusive equipment that "clearly elevates the respective model above the rest of the portfolio," Audi said.

Expect the price to elevate in a similar manner, and although prices haven't been revealed, good luck seeing much change from $100k once you've paid your on-roads.

Audi said the power increase was thanks to an increase in the cooling capacity of the main radiator, and by optimising the fuel pump feeding jungle juice to the turbocharged five-cylinder.

But fuel consumption remains at 8.6-litres/ 100km, just like the "normal" RS Q3.

Audi RS Q3 Performance. Photo: Contributed
Audi RS Q3 Performance. Photo: Contributed

The standard seven-speed S tronic gearbox has been tuned for extra sportiness, with each gear change when in dynamic mode (in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system) accompanied by double-declutching. And yes, it will do this very, very fast indeed.

Exterior changes for the permanent all-wheel drive SUV include add-on parts in a matt titanium-look finish exclusive to the Performance, matt titanium-look 20-inch RS wheels, while the Ascari blue metallic colour seen in the pictures is RS Performance only.

Inside, Audi offers sport seats in the colour combination black and blue, with the optional RS performance design package at no extra charge.

The RS Q3 Performance will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and full specification and pricing will be revealed closer to its Australian on-sale date near the end of the year.

Vital statistics

Model: Audi RS Q3 Performance.

Engine: 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI turbo.

Power and torque: 270kW @ 5300rpm and 465Nm @ 1625rpm.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 4.4seconds. Top speed 270kmh.

Economy: 8.6-litres/100km.

Price: $90,000 (estimated).

On sale: Late 2016.



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