AUDI A3 CLUBSPORT QUATTRO
Audi is set to rev up fans at this year’s Worthersee show in Austria, revealing its latest performance concept: the A3 Clubsport Quattro sedan.
Although based on the new A3 sedan, the new concept takes more than a few cues from the recent Quattro concepts, including its arched flared guards and the huge angular grille.
Sitting 10mm lower on big 21-inch alloys, the Clubsport Quattro concept also gets new bumpers at both ends and the familiar RS-styled elliptical exhausts in the rear.
The real treat is under the bonnet however, where Audi has packed a 368kW and 600Nm version of its fan-favourite turbocharged 2.5 litre five-cylinder engine.
Far outstripping the 265kW and 465Nm outputs offered in the TT RS Plus, the uprated engine also offers a sharper acceleration town: 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, onto a top speed of 310km/h.
The new concept also outdoes the recent Golf R 400 concept, whose turbocharged four-cylinder unit produces a sizeable 295kW.
The A3 Clubsport’s powerful five-cylinder unit is matched to a larger turbocharger with up to 1.5 bar of relative boost pressure. There’s also a new intercooler, along with a larger intake and exhaust manifolds.
Power is sent to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system through a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The quattro system also benefits from a stronger multi-plate centre differential a unique final-drive ratio to the auto.
There’s also big 370mm carbon-ceramic brake discs at the front, and Audi has even added an air brake for extra stopping power.
“The Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept shows our car and tuning fans at Wörthersee just how much sporty potential there is in the A3 family and in our 2.5 TFSI," Audi board member Dr Ulrich Hackenberg said.
"We have pushed the limits in every respect with this show car: power, dynamics, sound, design.”
Is this latest concept a fresh preview of what we can expect from the next RS 3? Perhaps - although our spy photos have already caught the RS 3 Sportback testing, and it’s clear that much of this Clubsport will be left off the final product.
As for its powertrain, there have been numerous conflicting reports pointing to both a continuation of the current five-cylinder unit, or a switch to a four-cylinder plant.
Time will tell.
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