Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Audi RS Q3 image

Audi is presenting the RS Q3 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the first RS model for its Q line-up.

Combining everyday practicality with dynamic driving performance, the RS Q3 takes just 5.5 seconds to complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, with its top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The RS Q3 is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 310 hp and 420 Nm of torque (available between 1,500 and 5,200 rpm). It is the same engine from the TT RS and RS3 Sportback and its power is delivered to all four wheels via the quattro AWD system. Average fuel consumption is rated at 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km.

Developed by quattro GmbH, the Audi RS Q3 features a standard start-stop system for the first time in combination with Audi’s 2.5-liter engine. The engine is coupled to a standard seven-speed S tronic gearbox that allows drivers to choose between the D and S modes for automatic shifting of the dual clutch transmission, or to shift manually – using the shift paddles on the steering wheel or the selector lever. The RS Q3 is also fitted with a Launch Control function.

The RS sports suspension lowers the body of the Q3 by 25 mm, while the battery is located in the luggage compartment to achieve better weight distribution. The base price of the RS Q3 is €54,600 in Germany, with deliveries beginning in fall 2013.