Ahead of its public unveiling at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the first details of the production-ready Audi RS Q3 have been released.
The vehicle represents a first for the German manufacturer, seeing as though an Audi SUV has never been handed over to experts at the firm's high performance subsidiary quattro GmbH for development until now.
In an attempt to create an instant impact, the Audi RS Q3 is being fitted with a 2.5-litre TFSI engine that is able to boast peak power of 310PS and maximum torque of 420 Nm between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm.
The motor, which has previously been installed onto the Audi RS 3 and TT RS models, also enables the car to hit 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds and then reach a limited top speed of 155mph.
Drivers are also sure to be in awe of the RS Q3's bespoke bumpers and high-gloss front grille design, which work to give the vehicle's exterior plenty of character.
Franciscus van Meel, the managing director of quattro GmbH, underlined: "The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class."
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