Audi unveiled the A3 clubsport quattro concept today, which will be fully revealed in public at Wörthersee (May 28-31).
Based on the S3 sedan, instead of a 4-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine of 300 PS (221 kW), the new clubsport quattro is powered by Audi’s 5-cylinder 2.5 TFSI motor taken from the RS Q3 which is tweaked to produce an impressive 525 PS (386 kW) of power and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque.
“The Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept shows our car and tuning fans at the Wörthersee just how much sporty potential there is in the A3 family and in our top of the line engines such as the 2.5 TFSI”, said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “We have pushed the limits in every respect with this show car: power, dynamics, sound, design”.
Tipping the scale at 1,527 kg (3,366 lbs), Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept can zip from 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.6 seconds only with a top-speed of 310 km/h (192.6 mph). Aiding the car to reach extreme limits, a larger turbocharger as well as a different intercooler is installed on the car. Traction to be toiled from engine to tarmacs using the Audi’s very own Quattro all-wheel drive system processing through a seven-speed S tronic gearbox equipped with launch control.
A sportier suspension setup, lowered body by 10mm, 21-inch wheels wrapped around the set with 275/25 R21 tires, carbon fiber ceramic disc brakes, are the differences spotted on A3 clubsport quattro against the Audi S3 sedan.
In the preview image, the A3 clubsport quattro concept has a Magnetic Blue exterior paintjob. Hosted of some RS badge clues as well, air curtains in the front intakes, a mesh grille, pumped fenders, and oval exhaust tips integrated with the rear bumper can be marked clearly. Audi Matrix headlamps don’t seem to be making an exception here too.
Inside cabin, the designing had done in typical Audi RS manner: the Alcantara, leather and carbon fiber can all be found here, with footrest and pedals crafted out of stainless steel.
At the time of writing, there isn’t any haywire of it to be going into production, but this could be Audi’s way of saying the upcoming RS3 will have its dose of 5-cylinder 2.5 TFSI, in a quite different way.