Geneva 2013: Audi’s 2014 RS Q3 is as mean as they come, first SUV to receive go-fast treatment

2014 Audi RS Q3

We’re just one week out from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and we’re all sorts of excited about Audi’s plans to show off its newest performance machine.  You see, while we’re still a few months away from getting our hands on the new Audi Q3 in the States, the brand is already showing us exactly how much potential the small crossover possesses.  For the first time ever in its SUV lineup, the brand will introduce the RS badge to the 2014 Audi RS Q3.

There aren’t any official plans to bring the RS Q3 to the US yet, but Audi hasn’t ruled out the possibility, either.  In place of the Q3’s standard 168-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, the RS Q3 shares the same turbo 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and quattro AWD systems from the RS3 hatchback and TT-RS sports coupe.  The only transmission available is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. In this small crossover, that combination is good for 306 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, worthy of a 0-60 time in less than 5.5 seconds.  That’s quick.

The RS Q3 also comes with upgraded brakes, specially tuned suspension and steering, and Audi Drive Select.  Audi Drive Select allows the driver to customize the sport or comfort settings for the throttle and transmission.  For those wanting to stand out in a crowd of Q3s, the RS model also comes equipped with several cosmetic additions to set you apart.  Those same R8-esque exhaust pipes found on the the RS5 and TT-RS should let everyone know you’re coming, and the black grille and rear diffuser will likely earn you a front row seat with the valet.

Pricing hasn’t been announced on the RS Q3 yet, so we’re going to cross our fingers that the brand finds a reason to send it to North America.  Stay tuned for more information on this monster mini-crossover when it makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next week.