Have you been salivating over the new Audi TT that was officially launched here a few weeks back? Well grab the whole tissue box because here’s the TT clubsport turbo. Revealed at the annual Wörthersee festival, the wild TT clubsport has a 2.5 TFSI and electric biturbo under its bonnet.
Producing 600 hp and 650 Nm, the figures are made possible by the unique powertrain underneath. It consists of a 2,480 cc 5-cylinder turbo and an electric compressor to ensure a lag-free acceleration at all times. More interestingly, the engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends the power to all four wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
Weighing in at 1,396 kg, the TT clubsport will crack 100 km/h from standstill in just 3.6 seconds, while the top speed is 310 km/h.
Looking like a GT racer for the road, the TT clubsport is said to be inspired by the successful Audi 90 IMSA GTO of the late 1980s. The dramatic stance is the result of the widened floating fenders and the coilover suspension system, while a set of 20-inch rims wrapped in 275/30 tyres fill up the wheel arches just nicely.
The front keeps the singleframe grille and the Matrix LED headlamps, but Audi has given it a chin extension that stretches to the side fenders. Similarly at the back, the bumper gets additional vents with matching vertical splitters like the front.
You might not notice that the rear bumper is free from any tailpipes, because the exhaust outlet has been relocated to the side, just in front of the left rear wheel. However, you will not miss the huge rear wing sitting on top of the boot lid. Manually adjustable and taken from the Audi Sport TT Cup car, it has grown 20 cm wider and has been given a new geometry.
Inside, Audi’s futuristic digital virtual cockpit is offset by the old-school open-gate manual gear selector with an aluminium knob. Alcantara wraps the steering and the two bucket seats, while the rear seats have been thrown out for a chassis-strengthening titanium cage.
If you’re all excited by this pocket monster, here’s the disappointing bit of news for you. This TT clubsport turbo is only a concept car. On the bright side though, Audi said the electric turbo technology is close to production ready, so we might see it enter the production line sooner than later.