AUDI RSQ3 AUSTRALIA
Priced at $81,900 plus on-road costs, the RS Q3 hot-SUV debuts as the brand's first 'RS Q' offering.
The petrol-driven RS Q3's debut follows the launch last year of the $89,400 SQ5 230kW diesel performer, packing big power into an even smaller body.
The RS Q3 is powered by Audi's 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo engine, delivering 228kW and 420Nm.
Audi says the RS-badged compact SUV will hit 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, making it the quickest compact SUV around, and faster than more than a few hot hatches.
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.
Standard features with the Australian-delivered RS Q3 will include the familiar upgraded styling, along with RS performance brakes, with the 'wave disc' design at the front end.
There's also Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights.
Inside, there's Audi's MMI Navigation Plus system with touch-sensitive 'writing' controls, 20gb music storage and two SD card memory slots. Bluetooth calling and audio streaming is standard.
Audi's Parking System Plus is featured, including a rear-view camera, and there's also RS sports seats with Fine Nappa leather.
Watch for Tony's review of the RS Q3 this week - and then stay tuned for the July arrival of the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG rival.