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Audi's newest forbidden fruit is the 367hp RS Q3 performance

Audi will travel to the Geneva Auto Show that will open its doors next month to introduce a hot-rodded crossover called RS Q3 performance. As its name implies, the company’s newest RS-badged model is positioned at the very top of the Q3 lineup.

At the heart of the RS Q3 performance is a turbocharged five-cylinder engine that has been massaged by Audi’s go-fast Quattro division to produce 367 horsepower — 27 more than the stock RS Q3 — and a generous 343 pound-feet of torque over a broad range that stretches from 1,625 to 5,550 rpm. The crossover consequently sprints from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, meaning it’s about as fast as a Porsche 911 Targa 4, and it goes on to a top speed of 167 mph. Surprisingly, the RS Q3 performance delivers over 27 mpg in a mixed European cycle when it’s driven with a light right foot.

The RS Q3 performance rides lower than the model it’s based on because its suspension system has been re-tuned. It also gains a more muscular front fascia with titanium-look trim, gloss black inserts in the grille, and bigger air vents. The rear fascia receives a wider air diffuser, while dark gray 20-inch alloy wheels wrap up the track-inspired look.

Audi has spruced up the cabin by adding a specific instrument cluster with gray faces, white dials, and red needles, as well as black leather upholstery with dark blue contrast stitching on the seats and on the three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel. Carbon fiber trim on the door panels, on the center console, and on the dashboard adds an additional dash of sportiness to the cockpit.

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The 2016 Audi RS Q3 performance is on sale now in Germany where it carries a base price of €61,000, a figure that converts to approximately $68,200. Want one? You’re out of luck if you live in the United States, because it doesn’t sound like Audi’s newest pocket rocket will embark on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean anytime soon.