Audi has been steadily releasing new versions of its RS-badged models with the “Performance” badge added to them. As if the RS lineup wasn’t performance enough already, these models feature increased output, uprated chassis, and more for buyers who happen to find the RS lineup not quite potent enough. Today, Audi has revealed the latest of these models with its RS Q3 Performance.
The standard RS Q3 was already badass enough, thanks to its 340 PS (335 horsepower) 2.5-liter TFSI engine, but that just wasn’t enough. Audi tweaked this engine, releasing an extra 27 PS (27 horsepower) and 15 Nm (11 pound-feet) of torque, putting it at a grand total of 367 PS (362 horsepower) and 465 Nm (343 pound-feet) of twist. This added power drops the small crossover’s 0-to-62 mph time by 0.4 seconds to 4.4 ticks and increases its top speed from 155 to 167 mph.
Like the standard RS Q3, this Performance variant uses a seven-speed S tronic transmission with paddle shifters. It also makes use of Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system to deliver optimal grip when ripping off the line.
In addition to its increase in ponies, the Performance badge also includes small tweaks to its looks that a close eye can pick out. These mild updates include additional matte-titanium-look details on the air inlet frame, the Singleframe grille, the lateral flaps in the air inlets, the window surrounds, the mirror housings, the roof rails, and more. There is also an exclusive Ascari Blue Metallic hue available on the Performance model.
Inside the cabin, the RS Q3 Performance is essentially standard RS Q3 spec, save for its diamond-tufted seat centers. It includes grey-faced gauges with red needles, Alcantara- and leather-wrapped sports seats with blue stitching, and various blue accents throughout the cabin.
The 2016 Audi RS Q3 Performance will hit U.K. dealers in February at a starting price of £49,175 ($71,675). Given the RS Q3 is not yet available in the U.S., chances are about nil that this more-potent model will make its way across the pond. We can dream, right?