The new $81,900 Audi RS Q3 is the first ever RS model sold here under $100,000, and the first ever RS-badged SUV.

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It comes with a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine producing 228kW of power between 5200-6700rpm, and 420Nm of torque at 1500-5200rpm. Fuel use is rated at 8.8L/100km, and it boasts a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.2 seconds. Getting the power to the ground via all four wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission.

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Optional packages available for the RS Q3 include the RS performance package ($5250) which adds sports seats with nappa leather and diamond stitching, interior carbon fibre inlays, a 14-speaker Bose stereo with digital radio reception, red brake calipers and 20-inch alloys.

The assistance package ($2490) includes lane-keeping and blind spot assistance, adaptive headlights, auto high beam and hill descent and hill hold assistance. Two $1300 styling packs are available: the black high-gloss and the matte aluminium styling packages add interior and exterior trim highlights.

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There are seven colour choices, six of which use metallic paint ($1495). Other options include tinted glass ($910), a panoramic sunroof ($3250), and heated front seats ($780).

Audi Australia is forecasting sales of about 100 units per year, about 3.0 per cent of the number of Q3s it is expected to sell in 2014.

2014 Audi RS Q3 Key Features:

2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine

Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic

19-inch alloy wheels

Reverse-view camera

Seven airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain and driver’s knee)

Xenon headlights

Multi-mode Drive Select system

Smart key with push-button start

Electric adjustment and lumbar for front seats

Auto lights and wipers

Dual-zone climate control

Cruise control system

Audi MMI navigation system with 7.0-inch screen, Bluetooth phone and audio, 20-gigabyte hard-drive, 10 speaker stereo

Nappa leather trim

2014 Audi Q3 range

  • 1.4 TFSI 90kW 7-speed dual-clutch auto FWD - $42,300
  • 2.0 TDI 103kW 7-speed dual-clutch auto AWD - $47,500
  • 2.0 TFSI 125kW 7-speed dual-clutch auto AWD - $49,450
  • 2.0 TDI 130kW 7-speed dual-clutch auto AWD - $55,000
  • 2.0 TFSI 155kW 7-speed dual-clutch auto AWD - $56,500
  • RS Q3 2.5L 7-speed dual-clutch auto - $81,900