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Audi Q3 Vail Concept Unveiled In Detroit

10 Jan

Audi Q3 Vail Concept: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

When you think of Vail, Colorado certain activities come to mind, namely skiing, snowboarding, and pretty much anything having to do with snow or the outdoors. Just like its name, the new Audi Q3 Vail Concept is aimed at interesting customers who enjoy the same activities for which the town has become famous for.

The exterior is painted in vehicle-specific Energy Red and has golden pearlescent particles within the clearcoat. Other eye-catching, esthetic pieces on the Q3 Vail’s exterior include matt gray quartz-based paint along the running boards, while a high-gloss package surrounds the windows with aluminum and high-gloss black.

Audi Q3 Vail Concept: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

On top of the colorful accents the special Q3 has unique stylistic elements that differentiate it from its more common counterpart. Flared wheel arches and running boards add a more aggressive look to the body lines and the roof line has added aluminum roof racks capable of carrying your skis and snowboarding to whatever winter resort you wish.

Helping you get to your destination is the Q3 Vail’s power plant, the same engine that powers the ultra, high-performance Audi TT-RS. The 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder has been tuned down from the 360 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque found in the TT-RS to a slightly more manageable 314 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for the special Q3. All 314 hp is transferred to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed S Tronic transmission.

2.5L Turbocharged Five-Cylinder Engine in the Audi Q3 Vail Concept: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

Under the hood the Q3 Vail resembles the rest of the vehicle with a number of special colors, and accents to distinguish it. The cylinder head covering the five cylinders is painted in a red, wrinkled-paint design. Rounding out the specialties in the engine compartment include a partial carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) engine cover, decorative plastic trim around the engine compartment and the acoustic mat embroidered with “Q3 Vail” in gray stitching.

Like the rest of the vehicle, the interior of the Q3 Vail continues the trend of special colors, namely red, gray and black, along with activity-orientated features, trim pieces and leather upholstery. The trunk of the Q3 Vail has a built-in charging station capable of powering up flashlights, iPods and other electronic devices. Another feature in the trunk is integrated heat seating cushions which has been incorporated into the trunk floor mat. A third feature in the interior of the Q3 Vail is a custom Thermos bottle with built-in LCDs that tell you how much battery juice is left. The Thermos is located in the center console cup holder and is able to heat or cool a drink.

Although the Q3 Vail is a concept vehicle, Audi has confirmed that the U.S. will begin to see a U.S spec Q3 beginning in late 2013.

Interior of the Audi Q3 Vail Concept: Photo Courtesy Audi USA

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Mercedes’ large, yet compact gamble

13 Sep

By Matt McCarron

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class at the 2011 NYIAS

On the same day of its world debut The New York Times Wheels page has reported Mercedes-Benz plans to bring their all-new B-Class to the United States in the coming years. This isn’t the first time Mercedes’ has toyed with bringing a compact vehicle to U.S. shores. The Concept A-Class made its world premiere at the 2011 New York International Auto Show in April.

The reasoning behind the move might seem simple enough. In the past four or five years Mercedes-Benz has fallen behind arch rivals BMW and Audi in an ongoing battle to control the compact luxury vehicle market in the U.S. BMW has the 128i, 135i and more recently, the 1M Coupe. Audi has countered BMW with their five-door A3 Sportback.

Although Mercedes’ has sold small, compact luxury vehicles in other markets for years the prospect of making them a success in the SUV-obsessed U.S. is a risky proposition. Not only does Mercedes have to contend with opposition from BMW and Audi, but they must also take into account the U.S. market as a whole. Typically U.S. drivers have been reluctant to put a premium of a small luxury vehicle. Instead of opting for the B-Class those with young families look to something family friendly like a minivan, or mid-sized SUV, while younger, performance-orientated drivers are drawn to lightning quick four-doors such as the Subaru WRX STI.

According to Mercedes the European model of the new B-Class features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection. Transmission choices include a high-tech dual clutch transmission as well as a traditional manual transmission. While many of the specifics might vary between the European and U.S. models major models aspects and options should remain relatively the same.

Only time will tell if Mercedes’ wager on bring the B-Class to America pays off. The B-Class is scheduled to arrive in European showrooms beginning in November. No arrival date for the U.S. has been set, but the Times’ article reports it should be sometime in 2013.

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POLL: Naturally Aspirated or Forced Injection?

15 Aug

By Matt McCarron

M3 Coupe or 1-Series M Coupe – Which one would you choose, and why?

26 May

By Matt McCarron

Insideline.com has dynoed the BMW 1M, and the results are impressive. According to insideline’s test, their 1M put down 331 hp 5,150 rpm and 362 lb-ft of torque from 2,500-4,500 rpm (at the wheels). In contrast to insideline’s test, BMW factory rated the 1M as having 335 hp at 5,800 rpm and 332 lb-ft from 1,500-4,500 rpm.

Now, before you go off the deep end and claim the dyno numbers are impossible because no car loses just 4 hp and 7 lb-ft from the crank to the wheels, just wait a second. There is an obvious explanation to these numbers. BMW has taken a page from the Porsche handbook and has significantly underrated the horsepower and torque numbers of the 1M.

But does it really make a compelling enough argument to warrant buying one over a M3. Well, when compared to E92 M3, which has a factory rated 414 hp at 8,300 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm, the 1M might be down on horsepower. However, it makes up for it in other areas. Based on factory numbers, the 1M has an additional 37 lb-ft than the M3 and it has the advantage of weighing 342 lbs less than the top-of-the-line 3-series.

The M3 and 1M are two completely different animals. One has a traditional M-derived 4.0-liter high-revving, naturally-aspirated v8 that needs to see high rpms to achieve its peak horsepower output. On the other hand the 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine in the 1M is a totally different power plant altogether, varying from the S65 in almost every way.

So which one would you rather have in your garage?

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Audi A3 Concept Debuts in Geneva

1 Mar

By Matt McCarron

The Audi A3 sedan concept debuted at the 81st Geneva International Auto Show earlier this morning. The A3 sedan concept takes many of its characteristics from the European-only Audi RS3 Sportback.

The chassis of the A3 concept was designed and engineered to the same specifications of the RS3. The result is a chassis featuring a McPherson front suspension with seperate axle support. Many of pieces that make up the A3 concept’s suspension are made of lighter aluminum instead of steel.

The power plant under the hood of the A3 concept is a 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder engine, capable of producing 408 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque between 1,600-5,300 rpm. All of this horsepower and torque enables the A3 concept to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Accompanying the performance figures, the fuel economy of the A3 sedan concept is equally acceptable. The A3 concept is estimated to get 25 mpg.

The A3 sedan concept will be mated with the 7-speed S tronic transmission which allows the driver to choose between automatic and manual modes, depending on the manner in which they wish to drive. The transmission also features a launch control system, allowing the driver to accelerate from a dead stop with minimal tire slip. Of course this limited tire slip can also be attributed to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.

The A3 sedan concept, as well as a wagon version will be focused to the U.S. market and could appear in dealer showrooms sometime next year.

Video Courtesy of www.insideline.com

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