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Published on February 5th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Audi unveils an even more extreme RS Q3

The new Audi RS Q3 performance joins the RS 6 Avant performance and the RS 7 Sportback performance as the third member of the RS performance family. As the sporty subsidiary of AUDI AG, quattro GmbH is responsible for these high-performance models.

Static photo, Colour: Ascari blue metallic

The output of the 2.5 TFSI engine has been increased to 367 hp, helping the RS Q3 performance to a standard top speed of 270 km/h. 465 Nm of torque is available from 1,625 to 5,500 rpm; the RS Q3 performance sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Even more impressive is that it retains its Euro 6 compliance despite these performance bumps.

Dynamic photo, Colour: Ascari blue metallic

Channeling power to all wheels is a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox with some tweaked ratios for better performance. Lower gears are spaced more closely to aid with acceleration and keeping the car in the power band, while the seventh gear is used solely for cruising and efficiency. quattro is standard as expected, in transverse configuration

Static photo, Colour: Ascari blue metallic

Besides the performance tweaks, this more extreme RS Q3 model gets interior and exterior modifications that are specific to the model. Front and rear bumpers are slightly different, but there are also a number of matte titanium pieces that are specific to the model. The Ascari blue hero-colour is also specific to this performance variant.

Dynamic photo, Colour: Ascari blue metallic

On the inside, Audi is offering exclusive materials and embossing for the sport seats. The seats can also be ordered in black or lunar silver fine Nappa leather with stone gray contrasting stitching. With the black variant, a diamond pattern in stone gray is also available. Carbon inlays are standard, with aluminum race or piano black available as an option.

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