As expected, Audi unveiled today the Q3 Vail at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a vehicle named after the famous winter sports venue in the United States. Apparently, the new concept was designed for the young fans of winter sports who love skiing or snowboarding. T
he vehicle features an Energy Red which contains golden pearlescent particles, new add-on body parts finished in matt gray quartz-based paint and vertical struts made from aluminum, integrated in the single-frame grille. The restyled aluminum roof rails are specially designed for transporting skis and snowboards.
Moreover, the front roof-rail support integrates wide-angled LED lights that illuminate the area around the Audi Q3 Vail and are controlled via buttons in the roof module. The design of the car is completed by the 20-inch wheels which have visible edges have a high-gloss finish, while the inside areas feature the same matt quartz-based paint. Track width has increased 40 millimeters (1.57 inches) at the front and rear compared to series-built models, and the body is 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) higher. The interior of the Audi Q3 Vail shows three colors which offer an ambience of sophistication and sporty elegance – black, gray and red.
The headlining is made from titanium gray Alcantara; large parts of the interior, including the carpet, are black. The black, ribbed floor mats are edged with narrow strips of red velvet-finish leather. An innovative leather/fabric material is used for the upholstery – thin strips of leather just a few tenths of a millimeter wide, are interwoven with yarn.
Under the hood we find the powerful 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine delivering 231 kW (314 hp) and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque (this engine would fit perfectly on a possible Audi RS Q3). The power of the engine is transferred to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The Audi Q3 Vail is able to hit 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 262 km/h (162.80 mph).