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#1 VaTRaXoΣ

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 11:56 AM



Audi has lifted the veil on the Clubsport Quattro, a powered-up and pared-down version of its second-generation TT. The company hints that the one-off concept may see production in some form as an extension to the second-generation TT lineup.

The new two-seater takes its inspiration from the legendary Porsche 356 speedster, boasting a chopped-down windscreen and several detailed body modifications. The look is said to hint at the bold styling treatment reserved for a secret new TT-S model currently under development. The car is rumored for introduction in early 2008 as a rival to the Porsche Cayman S.

Audi has provided the dramatically styled TT Clubsport Quattro with a new 300-horsepower version of its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine. This is a 40-hp increase over the most powerful iteration of the engine currently found in the rapid Audi S3.



For the first time, a six-speed double-shift gearbox (DSG) and Haldex multiplate clutch is available on the four-cylinder version of the TT. No performance claims are being made for the new car, although Audi insiders hint at a 0-60-mph time and top speed to challenge the Cayman S's 5.4 seconds and 171 mph.

Placing the Clubsport Quattro's power on the road is a heavily reworked version of the standard TT's suspension and a chassis that has been widened by 80mm (3.1 inches) front and rear. Wheels are substantial 20-inch items shod with 265/30 profile tires.

Along with the exterior modifications, Audi has upgraded the Clubsport Quattro's interior, giving it a set of contoured bucket seats, four-piece harnesses, revised instrument graphics, a high-end Bang & Olufsen Beo Sound 2 stereo system, and aluminum trim to differentiate it from the already stylish standard TT's cabin.

What this means to you: Audi has made the already pulchritudinous TT even more desirable. Don't expect all of the Clubsport Quattro's features to make production, but according to our usually reliable sources, it does have a future.

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 01:38 PM



Called the Clubsport quattro, it has no roof, a minimalist wraparound screen and more than 300bhp. But this styling study is no flight of fancy - bosses say it could go into production as a limited edition, costing around £35,000.

Fans of the TT will recognise the sleek headlamps and gaping grille, but designers have added huge vents in the revised front bumper and a low airdam. Race-inspired humps behind the seats and lowered roll bars provide the Clubsport with a retro profile.



The purist approach extends to the tiny side mirrors, while the door handles are removed; the doors are opened via the keyfob instead.

Engineers have tweaked Audi's 2.0-litre TFSI unit to 300bhp - up on the 260bhp it offers in the S3 - and it's mated to a six-speed S tronic sequential transmission. This drives all four wheels via the proven quattro set-up.



A clever strut brace underthe bonnet stiffens the chassis, and there's a wider track for better handling. To keep the weight down, the air-con and ABS have been ditched.

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