The concept, which features a newly developed 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine and two electrically driven turbochargers, gets aggressive styling and a total power output of 592bhp.
The transversely mounted powerplant is claimed to propel the latest in a long line of TT show cars from 0-62mph in just 3.6sec and on to a claimed top speed of 193mph.
The heavily reworked TT Coupé is described by Audi’s head of research and development, Ulrich Hackenberg, as a technology concept created to provide a glimpse into the sort of features we can expect to see appear on future models from the German car maker.
“Electric turbocharging signifies a new dimension," he said. "We are close to production readiness with this technology with our diesel engines. Now we are presenting it with a petrol engine, too. We are the first car maker to do this.”
At the heart of the TT Clubsport Turbo is a new incarnation of Audi’s traditional five-cylinder petrol engine. While retaining the same 2480cc capacity as the existing unit used in the RS3, it is described as being new from the ground up. “It is a clean sheet design,” said Hackenberg.
With the help of a new twin electric turbocharged induction system, the engine develops a specific output of 239bhp per litre. Torque swells to a peak of 479lb ft on a band of revs between 3000 and 7000rpm.
As well as previewing the German car maker’s plans to add electric turbocharging to its petrol engine line-up in the near future, the new two-seater also provides an insight into Audi’s plans for a 48V electrical system. Set to get its first airing on the upcoming SQ7, which will be the first model slated to use Audi’s electrically turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, Hackenberg hinted that it will become a regular feature on upcoming models.