The brand new 306 brake horsepower Audi Q3 RS SUV has been unveiled ahead of it’s official debut at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March. The model is the very first Audi SUV to be wearing the RS badge and it is the fourth model that Audi will be launching in 2013, after the Audi RS6 avant, RS7 and RS5 Cabriolet models. The new model will be powered by the same engine as the RS3 which was discontinued, a 2.5 litre 5 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, though with a 306 brake horsepower. The Q3 RS will be debuting at The Geneva Motor Show next month and first deliveries of the vehicle will be taking place towards the end of 2013.

What does the new Audi model entail?

The new Audi model can complete the sprint of 0-62 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds and can hit top speeds (limited) of 155 miles per hour. The engine produces 420 Nm of torque from 1,500rpm, which equals over the four wheels via the standard 7 speed S tronic, dual clutch gearbox. The engine has stop start as standard, so Audi claim a 32.1 mpg average and CO2 emissions of 206g.

The standard Audi Drive select is also fitted on the model, which allows the driver of the vehicle to adjust the throttle characteristics and exhaust sound from either auto, comfort of dynamic mode. The car is lowered by 25mm in comparison to the standrd Audi Q3, due to sports suspension. The ESP has a sport model and is able to be completely deactivated. Front brake discs are uprated and also have wave shaped edges, they are apparently be inspired by those of high performance superbikes, they are said to dissipate heat batter whilst also shaving 1kg of weight from each wheel.

What else does the Audi have to offer?

The model features a full RS bodykit, which increases the vehicle in length by 25mm. The SUV comes in at 1,730kg and with 19 inch alloys, though a 20 inch alloy option is available for those who so desire them. Options for Interior upgrades are sports seats and a wide variety of RS badges. This model is apprehended to cost about £11,000 more than the current Q3 S Line, at about £42,000. There have been said to be no direct rivals for the new Audi at it’s launch at The Geneva Motor show, though will soon be competing with a 355 brakehorsepower 2.0 litre turbocharged Mercedes GLA, which will be arriving next year.