A hand-built, 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder engine powers the RS Q3 Performance.

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Despite an output of 367 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, Audi claims the ute will achieve a combined fuel economy of 27.4 US mpg on the European NEDC cycle.

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For those keeping track at home, that's 27 horsepower more than the standard RS Q3.

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Combined with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the RS Q3 Performance will scoot to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds.

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The body is 0.8 inch lower than the standard Q3, and optional dynamic dampers can adjust between comfort, dynamic and automatic modes.

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It wouldn't be an RS model without a little visual flash, so Audi's upgraded this one with gloss-black grilles and a number of matte-titanium-look bits.

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The color you see here, Ascari blue metallic, is only available on RS Performance models.

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While red brake calipers are standard, folks that prefer to fly under the radar a bit can opt for black units at no additional cost.

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Inside, it's packing sport seats with embossed RS Q3 logos.

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Other interior upgrades include a flat-bottom steering wheel and unique gray gauge faces.

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Buyers with an eye for uniqueness can opt for two different Nappa leather seat upgrades, as well as a two-tone RS Performance Design package in black and blue.

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If you're hoping to buy one in the US, we hate to break it to you, but it's not coming here...for now.

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The RS Q3 Performance, however, will be shown off at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.

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European buyers can place orders for the car starting today.

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The base price is set at €61,000 (about $68,000), and deliveries should take place in the second quarter of this year.

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