We’ve seen pictures of the 2016 Audi TT in stock form, modified form, and now we get to see an even more hopped up version – the Audi TT Clubsport Concept. As you may recall, the “Clubsport” moniker has been used for an A3 concept last year, and seems to be Audi-speak for a factory widebody, high horsepower engine, and an interior suited for track duty.
This particular concept debuted at the Wörthersee show in Austria this week, which is much like the “SEMA of Audi/VW” and showcases the best (and wildest) cars from our favorite VAG brands. The show has grown to such epic proportions that Audi & VW now debut vehicles there, especially those targeting the enthusiast market such as this masterpiece here.
The car is pure concept, but could hint at what a future TT-RS could look like. It sports an “E-Turbo” where an electric motor spools the twin turbos via electric power, rather than exhaust driven, that would eliminate turbo lag and make all 600 HP of the inline 5 engine almost immediately accessible. According to Audi, the engine technology is pretty close to production ready, which means hopefully we’ll be seeing electronic turbos within the next few years on the higher-end Audi vehicles. It is estimated this concept can hit 0-62 in 3.6 seconds, which puts it in super car territory in terms of acceleration.
Inside, the car has a titanium roll cage and racing seats but otherwise keeping everything great about the stock TT interior, making this totally drool-worthy in my book. Best of all, it has a manual transmission – sadly, the manual transmission is probably least likely to make it to production of any of these features, but that’s just my speculation – Audi, feel free to prove me wrong.
There is no pricing information, and its difficult to asses if Audi would really build this or not – it would complete directly with the R8 in terms of performance and likely also on price. But a watered down version of this could happen, which would queue inevitable comparisons against the Porsche Cayman GT4. Audi keeps growing with record sales month after month here in the US, so with that kind of funds let’s hope the brand builds more of these concepts to reward its enthusiast crowd.
Who else really wants a new TT? I can’t wait to take one for a test drive when they get to the States.