Audi will make the sporty Clubsport Quattro later this year with a 300bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine
21 May 2008

This is our first look at the Audi Clubsport Quattro, which will go into production later this year powered by a 300bhp version of the firm’s 2.0-litre TFSI turbocharged petrol engine.

The car was unveiled today at the Lake Worther Tour, an annual gathering of VW and Audi enthusiasts held in Austria. The Clubsport Quattro is a near-production version of the Clubsport Speedster concept shown at last year’s Essen Motor Show.

The Clubsport Quattro does away with a roof, and replaces the windscreen with low-level speedster style glass and unusual sloping side windows. The body is 60mm wider than that of the standard TT to cover the wider front and rear tracks.

The TFSI engine drives all four wheels via Audi’s new seven-speed S-tronic dual clutch gearbox, which can be operated in both automatic and manual modes with paddles behind the steering wheel.

The unusual 19-inch turbine-blade design wheels are covered by 255/35 tyres, and behind them is the uprated braking system from the recently-launched TTS.

Inside the Audi Clubsport Quattro gets aluminium pedals, instrument bezels and door handles, wraparound race-style seats and tan leather trim.

Details of pricing – and the exact markets the Clubsport will be offered in – will be revealed later.

Daniel Stevens

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21 May 2008

Nice idea but why the increase in power? The standard 2.0T 200bhp would have sufficed for this niche model. 300bhp will make it the most powerful TT (at least until the RS arrives) so surely this engine would have been better in a lighter, stiffer, stripped out hardcore coupe model.

The extra weight of the strengthening and lack of rigidity of this open top body will hinder the potential performance of this model

21 May 2008

Maybe I'm missing something, but what's so "amazing" about this TT? Same blobby design, still got a 4-pot engine... The only thing "amazing" about it seems to be that it's pretty much useless in any country where it rains, unless you never stray more than 5 minutes away from home. Normally this kind of concept is designed to cover up inadequate engineering (Lambo Murcielago Roadster anybody?) but in this case the TT already has a well-engineered roof available!? Hmm, the Lambo's a VW group car too...maybe they've decided that since they found a few mugs to buy the Lambo they can find a few to buy the TT?

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