Audi Q3 Vail concept with 231kW unveiled at Detroit

Want to go for a weekend ski trip everyday but just can’t seem to find a vehicle to do it in? Meet the Audi Q3 Vail concept, which has been unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Despite it being a concept it would probably sell quite good in certain regions. It’s called Vail for a reason. You see, Vail is a skiing hotspot in Colorado. This provides a hint as to what the SUV is about. But we’ll get to that later, as the most exciting element to the Audi Q3 Vail concept is the engine.

It’s a detuned version of the Audi TT RS 2.5-litre howling turbo five cylinder, producing 231kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Audi says 0-100km/h takes just 5.5 seconds while top speed is out at 262km/h – sounds like the spec sheet of a proper supercar not that long ago.

The other interesting features include a heated rear sitting pad in the rear cargo area. This warms your bum while getting in and out of ski boots. It also comes with heated/cooled cup holders and a set of bespoke ski-ready roof racks.

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The Vail also gets a unique interior with leather-accented seats, silver mesh dash highlights, and bright red door trims to match the Energy Red exterior paintwork. A set of 20-inch alloy wheels top it all off.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.