German car makers, Audi, have revealed another concept vehicle in the form of the A3 Clubsport Quattro, which is based on the sporting S3 version of the A3 saloon. The company plan to show their new vehicle at the annual Worthersee show that starts in Austria this week.
This concept is Audi's way of showing off the A3's sportiness, as well as pointing towards an RS3 saloon which has already been seen in hatch form and the next TT RS which will sit on the same platform. As such, the Clubsport Quattro concept follows on from the Audi TT Quattro Sport concept that was shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Power for the 518 brake horse power and 442 lb/ft torque model is provided by a retuned version of the 2.5 litre five cylinder unit used in the company's TT RS and RS Q3 SUV. According to the company, this allows the vehicle to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 3.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of over 190mph.With that in mind we see this car as a good potential rival for that of the Mercedes SLK.
Extensive modifications make this extreme performance possible. These include a large turbocharger with up to 1.5 bar of relative boost pressure and a modified intercooler. To deal with this extra power, the company have also retuned the suspension and packed carbon ceramic brakes inside it's 21 inch wheels.
The Clubsport car has been thoroughly engineered and the technology on board includes a seven speed dual clutch gearbox that Audi boasts has a top gear engineered for economy.
Look-wise, the company have been a bit more sensible. The Clubsport rides on massive 21 inch wheels, there is a bold ‘quattro’ written into the gaping single frame grille and round the back two outsize exhaust pipes poke through a grille above a race car inspired aerodynamic splitter. Also straight from the racetrack is a rear airbrake that raises the rear segment of the boot to the point that Audi says it reduces the stopping distance by around 12 metres at 155mph.