Audi has revealed the hot A3 clubsport quattro concept ahead of its public debut later this month at Wörthersee event (May 28-31).
The concept is based on the S3 Saloon with some really hardcore updates. The 296bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine is replaced with a 2.5-litre 5-cylinder TFSI from the RS Q3, where it produces 305bhp, but for the Wörthersee concept has been dialled up to pack an impressive 518bhp. The torque is up from 420 Nm to 600 Nm.
All this power was possible thanks to a new larger turbocharger and a different intercooler.
Power is sent to quattro all-wheel drive system through a seven-speed S tronic gearbox equipped with launch control.
Weighing at 1,577kg the A3 clubsport quattro concept needs just 3.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph, while the top speed is 192.6 mph (310 km/h).
Other updates compared to the standard S3 Saloon include a sportier suspension(10mm lower), 21-inch alloy wheels with 275/25 R21 tyres, carbon fibre ceramic disc brakes, Magnetic Blue exterior paint scheme and a more aggressive bodywork which includes CFRP front blade and side sills, new grille, as well as a big rear diffuser. At the rear are dual oval exhaust pipes.
The interior is also sportier, revealing bucket seats with four-point seatbelts, and luggage area offering room for two racing helmets.
There are no production plans at this stage, but the model is likely previewing an upcoming RS3 and possibly then engine could also make it into the new TT RS, but definitely with less power, so it does not step too close to the R8.