Worthersee Tour 2012: Audi Q3 Red Track Concept

Article by Christian A., on May 17, 2012

At this year’s Wörthersee Tour, Audi will bring three custom Q3 models: the new Audi Q3 Red Track, the Audi Q3 Jinlong Yufeng or ‘Golden Dragon in the Wind’ and the Audi RS Q3 Concept. These models are quite different but their ”heart”remains the same: a five-cylinder TFSI engine delivering between 228 kW (310 hp) and 265 kW (360 hp).

The Audi Q3 Red Track was designed for winter-sport enthusiasts and features two pairs of Audi skis made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, found on the roof. Moreover, the vehicle comes with two hand lamps radiant heating elements and a thermos flask in the load area and the most interesting part is that these are supplied inductively with electric power.

Heatable seat cushions are integrated into the reversible load-area mat. The first visual impact with the car shows an Energy Red paint finish with golden pearl-effect particles. Furthermore, we see add-on body elements finished in matt grey quartz paint.

In the Singleframe radiator grille the aluminum struts are vertical and red panels partially blank off the air inlets. In the roof track we find two LED headlights. The interior is dominated by three colors – black, grey and red – and features seats upholstered in an innovative combination of leather and cloth.

Under the hood we find the powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine delivering 250 kW (340 hp) and a maximum torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft). With these numbers, the vehicle is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 263 km/h (163.42 mph). As expected, the engine is bolted to a 7-speed S tronic transmission and the power is delivered to the wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

A chorus audio system, air conditioning and a comprehensive package of restraint system – these are just a few of the standard equipment installed into the Audi Q3. Optional equipment taken from the luxury class are also offered for the Q3; this includes the adaptive light system used for the xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant, the panoramic glass roof, the LED interior lighting package and power-adjustable front seats.

The Audi Q3 features a range of driver assistance systems, redefining what it is to be in the compact SUV class. It has a park assist system that helps those who have trouble parking by maneuvering the vehicle into tight parking spaces autonomously. No sweat. The driver only has to apply the gas and the brakes, and voila, the car snuggles up easily even in the tightest parking spaces.

Also, the system is equipped with a device that is capable of detecting obstacles and warns the driver. Having a hard time changing lanes? The Audi side assist is here to the rescue, where a radar is activated to help change lanes. To help stay in the lane, the Q3 comes with an Audi active lane assist that will automatically make steering corrections. Moreover, important traffic signs are recognized and “presented” by the speed limit display.

Aside from that, there are also various modular infotainment components that come with the Q3. The main attraction is the hard-drive navigation system MMI navigation plus, where high-resolution 3D graphics is displayed on a fold-out 7.0-inch color monitor. Also, the Q3 comes with a 465-watt Bose surround sound system with 14 speakers.

A Bluetooth online car phone paired with a WLAN hotspot will be featured soon to provide internet connectivity for the Q3 passengers. Also, to provide real-time traffic information including the location and current status (how heavy traffic is) on the selected route, the Q3 will be provided with a new Audi traffic information service.

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