Audi to Show Trio of Q3 Concepts, e-Bike at Worthersee Festival in Austria
Red Track Concept Joins Models Unveiled in Beijing
Audi is using the Wörthersee festival in Austria to show off several Q3 concept models. The festival has become the largest gathering of VW and Audi cars in Europe; the Q3 concepts and a Volkswagen GTI Convertible concept (announced for production in Europe as a 2013 model) are just the latest VW Group vehicles to debut there.
Two of the Q3 concepts, the Jinlong Yufeng "Golden Dragon in the Wind" and Q3 RS models debuted in Beijing. The new model to be shown at the Wörthersee festival fittingly has an alpine skiing theme, and is called the Q3 Red Track concept. The Q3 Red Track comes ready to hit the slopes with two skis attached to the roof, and luggage-area inductive current space heaters. The back of the vehicle also features a thermos and pair of flashlights. All three Q3 models are powered by 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engines. Each trim level has a corresponding power level, with the "Golden Dragon" model making 310 hp, the Red Track with 340 hp, and the RS with 360 hp.
Also debuting at the festival is an Audi-designed hybrid e-bike with an ultra-lightweight frame made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, the same material used for the skis on the Red Track concept. Audi claims the bike's frame weighs only 3.5 pounds. A lithium-ion battery is housed within the bike's frame, providing power to a motor mounted to the rear wheel. Peak output of the motor is only 3 hp, but a whopping 184 lb-ft of torque. Fittingly, among the five selectable riding modes is "Power Wheelie" and "Balanced Wheelie," which seems appropriate for a bicycle with nearly 200 lb-ft of torque.