Audi Q3 Red Track concept ready for the slopes

Three Audi Q3 concepts will headline Audi’s official involvement at this year’s Worthersee Tour in Austria, including the new Audi Q3 Red Track.
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If the snow-themed Q3 Red Track looks familiar, it may be because it’s actually a tweaked version of the Audi Q3 Vail concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit motor show in January.

Like the Vail concept, the Q3 Red Track concept is fitted with two pairs of carbonfibre-reinforced polymer skis, bespoke roof racks with LEDs, two hand lamps in the boot, a thermos flask, and heatable seat cushions in the reversible load-area mat.

Setting the Red Track apart, however, is its more powerful 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, which matches the Audi TT RS in producing 250kW and 450Nm of torque.

The added performance sees the Red Track concept accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 263km/h.

A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission teams with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system, which turns 20-inch wheels shod with 255/45-profile off-road tyres. The front and rear tracks are 40mm wider than the standard Q3’s and the ride height has also been bumped up 30mm.

Joining the Q3 Red Track will be two concepts that made their debut at last month’s 2012 Beijing motor show: the Q3 Jinlong Yufeng concept and the RS Q3 concept.

The Jinlong Yufeng, which means ‘golden dragon in the wind’, is finished in Liuli Yellow paint with matching interior upholstery, and was designed specifically for windsurfers.

Two kiteboards are mounted on the roof while a pair of rugged and compact ‘Audi Cams’ from the boot can be strapped to the surfers’ helmets and transmit images back to the car’s Audi connect online system.

The Jinlong Yufeng’s unique tune of the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine produces 228kW.

The RS Q3 concept is the most powerful of the three, producing 265kW of power and 465Nm of torque – mirroring the output of the flagship TT RS Plus.

Able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds, it seems just a matter of time before Audi gives the RS Q3 the green light to become its first proper sports SUV, joining the TT RS, RS3, RS5 and upcoming RS6 in its high-performance range.

The Audi Q3 concept trio will take centre stage at Worthersee from May 16-19.

Read CarAdvice's review of the Audi Q3.