Remember the Audi Q3 Jinlong Yufeng Concept that was revealed at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show? Well, it turns out the German automaker has another Q3 concept SUV in the pipeline: the Red Track Concept.
Taken from its name, the Q3 Red Track Concept has been finished with a fiery piece of Energy Red color, an ironic color choice considering that the concept SUV is being pegged as a winter vehicle. How else do you explain the carbon fiber skis on its roof?
But more than just its supposed purpose, the Q3 Red Track Concept actually looks a whole lot like the Q3 Vail Concept, except that the former has some added aesthetic touches. Either way, the SUV looks all sorts of spicy in that aforementioned Energy Red color.
Too bad there’s been no official indication as to whether the Q3 Red Track Concept is bound for production. Whatever the case may be, expect to see the concept at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour, where it is expected to be one of the front and center models in Audi’s booth.
Find out more about the Audi Q3 Red Track Concept after the jump.
Dressed in an Energy Red paint finish with matching golden pearl-effect particles, the Q3 Red Track Concept has a color that immediately catches your eye. But more than just its sparkling red hue, the SUV also has add-on body elements that have been finished in matte gray quartz paint.
In addition, the vehicle also features a Singleframe radiator grille with vertical aluminum struts and red panels that partially blank off the air inlets. The SUV also has a high-gloss package that adds a little touch of luxury to the window areas while a pair of compact LED headlights have been installed in the roof rack, serving the purpose of back-up lights to the beams of the xenon headlights. Speaking of the headlights, the Q3 Red Track Concept’s Energy Red body color is visible in the lower part of the daytime running light strips.
As a specially built winter vehicle, it comes as no surprise that the Q3 Red Track Concept carries two pairs of Audi skis on the roof, all of which are made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. As for the load area, two hand lamps with radiant heating elements and a thermos flask have been added and are all supplied inductively with electric power.
Rounding out the exterior features are a new set of 20" wheels fitted with 355/45 off road tires.
The interior of the Q3 Red Track Concept is the picture of black, gray, and red, highlighted by seats that have been upholstered in leather and cloth. The narrow strips of leather only a few tenths of a millimeter in width are woven together with yarn whereas the smaller segments of the upholstery are made from Velvet leather.
Looking the part of a production-ready concept, Audi didn’t waste any time fitting the Q3 Red Track Concept with an appropriate powertrain: a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine that’s mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission, producing a tidy output of 340 horsepower and 331 lb/ft of torque. This engine gives the SUV a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 163.42 mph.
Audi has given no indication on whether the Q3 Red Track Concept, despite it’s production-ready looks, will be sold in dealerships in the future. Thus, the German automaker has yet to give a price tag on the SUV.
This section isn’t so much about competitors for the Q3 Red Track Concept as it is for the regular Q3. In this regard, the Audi SUV faces significant competition from a number of its European rivals, including the BMW X1 and the Range Rover Evoque.
Both of those SUVs offer similar powertrain options as the Q3 - the former comes with a range of powertrains that produce anywhere from 143 horsepower to 258 horsepower while the latter has 240-horsepower engine - making the two SUVs suitable competition for the freshly-designed Q3.
But as far as looks are concerned, we’re not prepared to put the X1 in the "freshness" case which the Evoque and the Q3 belong.
Given a choice, the Q3’s combination of powertrain options and edgier design makes it a little more enticing than the other SUVs being offered by its competitors.