AUDI RSQ3 REVEALED
The German carmaker has also confirmed the RS Q3 will hit Australia in early 2014, arriving as the most affordable RS model to date.
Appearing as a concept early last year, the RS Q3 carries over into production form with very few tweaks - except for a slight dip in power.
In production form, the RS Q3's 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo engine produces 228kW and 420Nm, compared to 250kW and 450Nm in concept trim.
The difference is unlikely to perturb the turboheads however, with the RS-powered SUV's 0-100km/h sprint time growing from 5.2 to 5.5 seconds - hardly a blowout.
That time also makes the RS Q3 the quickest compact SUV around, and with a 250km/h electronically-limited top speed, it might also be the overall fastest in the segment.
As with all RS models, this new Q3 variant features Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Mix in a stop-start system - added to Audi's 2.5 turbo engine for the first time - and fuel consumption is listed at a low 8.8 l/100km.
All of this rides on a 25mm lower sports suspension system and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch hoops available), matched with a pair of 365mm vented discs and eight-piston calipers.
Speaking with TMR today, Audi Australia's Shaun Cleary confirmed a first quarter 2014 debut for the RS Q3.
Local specifications and pricing are still to be revealed, although Mr Cleary did add one juicy tip for buyers.
"We can't confirm full details at this point, but I can say that the RS Q3 will be the first RS model in Australia to debut below $100,000."
Importantly, this means that when Mercedes-Benz' inevitable GLA 45 AMG compact SUV flagship debuts, it will have a serious price fight on its hands.