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Double The Size Of Your Audi Q3 With This Space-Age Inflatable Tent

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Truck YeahThe trucks are good!

Audi has teamed up with outdoor company heimplanet to build an rough-weather-ready geodesic retractable tent for the Q3 SUV. I'm not sure how deep into the great outdoors a Q3 could really get, but you'll certainly look cool wherever you pitch this bad boy.

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The tent has just been presented at this year's Volkswagen/Audi fanfest in Wörthersee, Austria, finally ushering Audi into the ranks of elite vehicles that have also featured attachable tent options. Like, the Pontiac Aztek. And Honda Element, I think.

The tent is rolled out from the Q3's roof rack; it can be inflated and hosting your backyard sleepover extreme adventure crew in about seven minutes. The tent is rated for winds up to about 40 MPH, and has two zipper-separated rooms (three counting the car). Looks like it could sleep two comfortably plus gear.

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If you don't want to to camp right next to your Q3 (be a shame to scratch it with a sleeping bag zipper) the tent can be detached and used free-standing. Don't worry, everybody at the camp ground will still know you're rich— hemiplanet tents are about a zillion dollars (actual price range is like $600 to $1,200 and beyond).

Not sure how serious Audi is about adding this as an option box on the Q3... but even if it's a little hokey and will absolutely be overpriced, I can't help but like the idea.

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Hat tip to designboom! Images from Audi

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DISCUSSION

That is actually really cool. I formed a habit of just sleeping in the bed of trucks in the open air back in high school. It would be cool to have something similar to this for a pickup bed.

Heck, you wouldn't even have to unload all of your gear if you packed it right. It can serve as a water tight cover that works better than a tarp while traveling. When you get there, use your on-board compressor to fill it up. (Not the best idea. It takes forever to do this with just a couple air mattresses if you don't have a decent size tank. Use a normal pump.)