Audi Q3 Red Track Concept

Audi is exhibiting concept vehicles for lifestyle, action and sport on the Wörthersee Tour. A center of focus for Audi at this year’s Wörthersee Tour are the three Q3-based themed cars: the new Audi Q3 red track (a slightly modified version of the Audi Q3 Vail Concept), the Audi Q3 jinlong yufeng or ‘Golden Dragon in the Wind’ and the Audi RS Q3 concept. All three add new but quite different aspects to the character of this compact SUV: leisure-oriented, sturdy, dynamic. They are powered by five-cylinder TFSI engines developing between 228 kW (310 hp) and 265 kW (360 hp).

The Audi Q3 red track will appeal to winter-sport enthusiasts. On its roof it carries two pairs of Audi skis made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. Stored in the load area are two hand lamps with radiant heating elements and a thermos flask, all supplied inductively with electric power. Heatable seat cushions are integrated into the reversible load-area mat.

This concept car has an Energy Red paint finish that has been given additional luster by golden pearl-effect particles. Add-on body elements are finished in matt grey quartz paint; some of these items will soon be appearing in the Audi accessories program. In the Singleframe radiator grille the aluminum struts are vertical and red panels partially blank off the air inlets. The high-gloss package accentuates the window areas. Two compact LED headlights are installed in the roof rack and back up the beams from the xenon headlights after dark. The tailpipes of the dual-branch exhaust system are integrated into the rear diffuser. Inside the headlights the zones in the lower part of the daytime running light strips are painted in the body color.

Inside the Audi Q3 red track the dominant colors are black, grey and red. The seats are upholstered in an innovative combination of leather and cloth: Narrow strips of leather only a few tenths of a millimeter in width are woven together with the yarn. Smaller segments of the upholstery are made from Velvet leather, a strong material that is given a fascinating appearance and feel by a special treatment process. The large inlays make use of a three-dimensional stainless steel mesh.

The Audi Q3 red track features a powerful engine: the turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI with a displacement of 2.5 liters, a power output of 250 kW (340 hp) and a maximum torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft). With this power and torque, the Q3 red track accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 263 km/h (163.42 mph). A 7-speed S tronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive deliver the power to all four road wheels. The 20-inch wheels are fitted with size 255/45 offroad tires. Compared with the standard Q3 model the front and rear tracks are both 40 mm (1.57 in) wider and the ground clearance has been increased by 30 mm (1.18 in).

Only a few weeks ago the Audi Q3 jinlong yufeng (Golden Dragon in the Wind) and the Audi RS Q3 concept made their debut at the Auto China exhibition in Peking. The Audi Q3 jinlong yufeng, with a brilliant Liuli Yellow paint finish and yellow interior decor, conjures up a close link with windsurfing. Its 2.5 TFSI engine has an output of 228 kW (310 hp).

Even more power is available in the RS Q3 concept: Its 2.5 TFSI engine develops 265 kW (360 hp) – top performance for maximum dynamism. The body, with its flared wheel arches and blue paint finish, has been lowered by 25 mm (0.98 in). The add-on body elements are made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, with either a black or a blue lacquered finish. The individual honeycombs in the Singleframe grille are slightly offset. Inside the car, a cool black finish has been adopted. The seats have sport seat cushions and backs with the integral head restraints that are normally reserved for the S sport seats.

Source: Audi press

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