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2014 Audi RS Q3 Officially Unveiled Ahead of Its Debut in Geneva

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The Audi Q3 crossover has yet to make to our shores, but Audi has unveiled the hot RS version, the 2014 RS Q3, which is the first ever RS Q model. The 2014 RS Q3 is going to debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be powered by a 310-hp 2.5L five-cylinder turbo.

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"The RS Q3 transfers the performance philosophy of Audi to the compact SUV segment, thereby creating a new performance class," says Franciscus van Meel, Managing Director of quattro GmbH. "In addition to the RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback, the RS Q3 is the fourth RS model that we are launching on the market in 2013."

The RS Q3 borrows its 2.5L five-cylinder engine from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback. In the RS Q3 the turbocharged engine generates 310 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque. The RS Q3 will reach 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The five-cylinder engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

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The 2014 RS Q3 stands out from the other Q3 models with body accents and roof rails in matte aluminum, special door sill plates and door trim strips, a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille, RS front bumper and a quattro emblem in the front air intake. A large roof spoiler, rear bumper with distinctive diffuser insert, large elliptical tailpipe and an RS Q3 logo accentuate the rear.

In Germany, the base price is €54,600, and deliveries begin in fall 2013.

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