362bhp Audi RS Q3 Performance unleashed

Audi RS Q3 Performance front tracking

Audi has introduced a new range-topping version of its smallest SUV; called the RS Q3 Performance, it packs 362bhp and 465Nm of torque making it the most powerful version of the Q3 ever produced.

It will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and costs from £49,175 in the UK. Fitted with the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI engine as the standard RS Q3, Audi has extracted an additional 27bhp and 15Nm of torque to bring it into line with the latest RS 3 hatch.

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Audi RS Q3 Performance rear side

That means 0-62mph takes 4.4 seconds – four tenths faster than before – while the top speed has also increased to 167mph. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox come fitted as standard.

Aside from the power boost the new Performance model also gets several exterior design tweaks; a matt-titanium finish has been added to the frame of the front grille and air inlet duct, while the roof rails, upper edge of the rear diffuser and fins of the roof mounted spoiler also feature the same unique finish.

Audi RS Q3 Performance dash

Other standard features include bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and sports seats, while a RS performance design package including RS sport leather steering wheel, gear lever selector, center armrest and floor mats with blue contrast stitching can be added at no extra charge.

The RS Q3 Performance is on sale now at a £3,365 premium over the standard RS Q3 – with first deliveries expected in the spring.