/2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

Audi Q3 Vail 1 at 2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

Audi is paying tribute to Vail ski resort in Colorado by unveiling a winter sports-themed Q3 at Detroit Motor Show.

So as you’d expect, the car is fitted relevant features for a proper ski trip, including running boards and winter sports-specific roof rails on the outside, and induction chargeable lights,  induction warmed drinks flasks and heated cushions inload floor mats on the inside.

Audi Q3 Vail 2 at 2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

The Q3 Vail is also substantially different to look than the normal Q3, with vertical bars for grille, flared wheel arches and sills in gloss black, and revised front and rear aprons. To top it all off, it’s also painted in a specially developed Energy Red color.

The Audi Q3 Vail is fitted with 255/45 section off-road tyres and 20-inch five-arm wheels. To make it look tougher, the tracks are also widened by 40mm, and the ride height jacked up by 30mm.

Audi Q3 Vail 3 at 2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

The interior of the Audi Q3 Vail includes two practical devices for winter sports fans. The side wall of the trunk houses a charging station. It can be used for storing flashlights and charging them inductively at the same time. The same technology is used for the Thermos bottle. It is located in the cup holder between the front seats and is able to chill or warm drinks. Both devices have LEDs that show the current charge level. One attractive extra is that, in addition to LED lighting, the flashlights incorporate an infra-red heating element that can be used for warming hands or ski boots.

Audi Q3 Vail 4 at 2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

The VAil Q3 is powered 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging that generates an output of 314PS and 400 Nm of torque. That power is channeled through the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. Performance-wise, the car does 0 to 62mph in 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 163mph.

Audi Q3 Vail 5 at 2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept
Audi Q3 Vail 6 at 2012 NAIAS: Audi Q3 Vail Concept

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