2012 Audi Q3 Vail


In implementing the team has operated out of the box - and the ingredients vigorously sharpened again. Under the hood of Q3 Vail put that 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine, also the TT RS and the RS3 drives. In this crossover, the power is at 231 kW/314 hp, enough  for a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 262 km / h. This presented a technology demonstrator engine is already in summer 2011 in Q3 matched Vail particularly aggressively - which the sound when accelerating impressive testimony.

The stylistic modifications to the exterior skin, for which the designer Frank Gruner are responsible, as well as tailor-effectively failed. The basis for this was provided by the optional off-road styling package, Exclusive, with the add-on parts in Q3 Vail - such as the mirrors - kept in so-called crystal lacquer, which also adorns the specially developed for the study, 20-inch wheels. The side running boards are soon to be added to the Audi accessories. The track was widened by 40 millimeters, the exhaust pipes are integrated into the aluminum diffuser, and a special roof rack offers discreet built-in LED searchlight.

Equally challenging and imaginative as the exterior is presented to the interior of the Q3 Vail. The dashboard is completely covered with leather, the decorative elements are made from polished stainless steel mesh, which stands out clearly from the other Audi models available in stainless steel. Innovative are the leather seats with special grain that may be used in some segments, suede-like velvet leather in a similar form at Audi go into production. Clever details like the trunk mat with heated seat cushions, the flashlights with integrated infrared Wärmfunktion and the thermos flask which can be heated in place in the cup holder.

Positive response

The response to the study in Detroit is positive, according to Audi, the Q3 that will almost certainly be offered in the USA. Europe in turn, can look forward to an upcoming version with the five-cylinder turbo - an S or RS model with the drive of Vail would represent the proper completion of the series up.


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