Q3 Concepts, Hybrid e-bike Headline Audi’s Lineup at Worthersee

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Given that it’s the world’s largest gathering of Audis and Volkswagens, Austria’s Wörthersee Festival is a big deal. Audi has taken notice and is planning on bringing three Q3 SUV-based concepts and a hybrid two-wheeler to this year’s event. Those that think Audi’s recent purchase of Ducati played a factor are wrong, as the two-wheeler is merely a hybrid bicycle.

The Q3 Red Track concept was inspired by winter sports, an influence made apparent by the pair of skis mounted on the roof. The skis are made of the same Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) used in some Audi models, and accompany a number of winter-ready features. The cargo area features luggage space heaters that use inductive current to warm that portion of the cabin, along with a thermos and pair of flashlights. The rest of the interior is upholstered in thin strips of leather, which are stitched together with yarn.

The Q3 Jinlong Yufeng “Golden Dragon in the Wind” concept sports the same bright yellow paint scheme it wore at its debut in Beijing last month. The concept was designed with kite surfers in mind, and comes with two kite boards constructed from CFRP mounted on the roof and a specially-designed “kite pouch” inside the cabin.

The RS Q3 is the most performance-oriented concept of the bunch, packing a 360-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5, flared fenders, and a unique honeycomb grille. Audi estimates the compact crossover can hit 0-62 mph in 5.2 seconds, and has a top speed of roughly 165 mph. CFRP is used heavily in the cabin, while Napa leather and aluminum accents lend it a sporty character.

Much like the hybrid bikes shown off by Lexus and Smart, Audi’s e-bike is a lightweight bicycle that combines human power with a small electric motor to propel itself. Audi says the bike’s frame, which is constructed mostly of CFRP, weighs just 1600 grams (roughly 3.5 pounds). The 26-inch blade-style wheels are also made of CFRP, and weigh just over a pound each. Housed in the frame is a lithium-ion battery, which provides power to the permanent magnet synchronous motor mounted to the rear wheel. The motor generates peak power of around 3 hp and peak torque of roughly 184 lb-ft. The bike has five selectable modes, including Pure, Pedelec, eGrip, Power Wheelie, and Balanced Wheelie, each varying the distribution of electric and pedal power.

This year, the Wörthersee festival runs from May 16-31, in Reifnitz, Austria.

Source: Audi

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