Audi has unveiled a performance-boosting RS concept based on the Q3 compact SUV.
The first official images have been published just a week before its public debut at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show this April.
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The Audi RS Q3 sports more aggressive styling compared to the standard model. The updated exterior now includes larger bumpers and wheelarches, a rear spoiler and large air intakes at the front.
A rear diffuser is also attached and the front grille is deeper and now features Quattro lettering. The Ordos Blue body paint and 20" alloy wheels completes the new exterior look.
Inside the interior also features a blue and black colour scheme, as well as leather seats and a pop-out display monitor.
The ride height of the RS Q3 is lower compared to the standard model, a change made to increase downforce and reduce body roll, improving the overall handling.
Under the bonnet the RS Q3 uses a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the same unit found in both the Audi TT RS and the Audi RS3.
For the Q3 however the power output has been increase from 335bhp to 355bhp.
The engine is connected to a four-wheel drive powertrain and a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
With this set up, the Audi Q3 RS can clear the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.2 seconds and the top speed is 165mph.
Although Audi haven't officially confirmed whether the RS Q3 will hit production, numerous reports say it almost certainly will and it could hit the UK market by early 2013.
The standard Audi Q3 is still on sale now from an on-the-road price of £25,065.