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Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept Revealed

 Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept Revealed
Audi A3 TDI Clusport Quattro Concept

We have already seen a demonstration of the superb diesel engine technology which was born from the world of motorsport in the Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept. Now the German premium manufacturer presents us its latest concept – the A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro which once again displays awesome diesel power but this time in a model that the “average joe” can realistically think about attaining.

Despite the looks of a pimped A3, what you see here is a high tech sports, lets start with the hub of the concept – under the hood. Closely related to the R8 TDI Le Mans Concept, a 2.0-litre, common rail fuel injected TDI unit provides the power with a maximum output of 224 horsepower and 450Nm of torque. It is mated to six-speed transmission which drives the power to the 20 inch wheels with the quattro all-wheel drive system, stopping power is provided by six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs on the front wheels. These impressive figures are well matched with its performance figures, 0-62mph is achieved in just 6.6 seconds, top speed lies at 149mph.

To compliment this powerful TDI engine, Audi have a number of technologically advanced systems incorporated with the highlight being the Audi drive select driving dynamics system which allows the driver to vary the throttle response characteristics of the exhaust sound, the level of power assistance for the steering and the cut-in thresholds for the ESP stabilization system. The dampers also deploy a magnetic ride technology which allows the system to react to changes in driving situations in lightning speed.

The exterior gets an extremely aggressive body kit which certainly gets the attention with the powerful front fascia with huge vents and the Audi signature grille whilst the rear gets a DTM-style rear spoiler and check those bolt on wheel arch extensions.

Audi describe this concept as a one-off show car, but considering we have just seen what looks like a production version of the completely unproducable (or so we thought) TT Clubsport Concept, we wouldn't be surprised to this one follow the same route.

Specifications

Engine

  • Four-cylinder TDI with common-rail injection system
  • Displacement of 1968 cc, output of 165 kW (224 hp) and torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft)
  • Optimized exhaust system
  • 0 – 62mph in 6.6 seconds, top speed 149mph

Power transmission

  • High-efficiency six-speed manual transmission with a lightweight casing, open gear lever gate made of aluminium
  • quattro all-wheel drive with extremely fast-action multi-plate clutch

Chassis

  • Four-link rear suspension for dynamic handling and good comfort
  • Power steering with highly efficient electric drive
  • Wheels measuring 9 J x 20, tyre size 265/30
  • Six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs at the front wheels
  • Audi drive select driving dynamics system with Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control

Body and interior

  • Length 4,254 millimeters (167.48 inches), width 1,825 millimeters (71.85 inches), height 1,385 millimeters (54.53 inches)
  • Motorsport-look design, large rear spoiler
  • Racing bucket seats and extra aluminium components in interior
Source: Audi
Published May 17, 2008 7:08 am By Clinton Deacon
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Comments (23)

 devlock devlock
nice..actually the front bumper had influenced from murcielago and gallardo LP-versions. never thought it could be implemented effectively on luxury segments.
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May 25, 2008 5:28 am
 DieselDog DieselDog
Another hot concept from Audi - and a diesel to boot! Perhaps this concept and and increased number of USA-spec production diesels will give us Americans increased choice for European style, sport, build quality, and diesel economy. BRING IT ON!
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May 21, 2008 2:31 pm
 unknownuser unknownuser
When did Audi audition for "The Fast & Furious" sequel? They should've left this sort of "tuning" for VW and stuck to a more grown-up and elegant concept.
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May 19, 2008 4:18 am
 Laterzzz Laterzzz
3-4 months off the pace. 123d M Sport has been out for months. I wonder how long before a Sports Utility Coupe comes from them? R8 is the only original car they have done in my opinion.
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May 19, 2008 12:55 am
 unknownuser unknownuser
not high enough torque capacity. i'm not so much a fan of the body kit, but 165kw from a 2.0 diesel is awesome. as is 450nm... stickers are crap but i'd have this any day over the s3
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May 18, 2008 11:13 am
 Michael Michael
However there is one thing missing: the new seven speed direct shift gearbox (DSG).
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May 18, 2008 9:08 am
 out4ride out4ride
You know what stillthewhizz I am fine if you bash the cars but if you do it to us who like this site then you should find other one. I hope admin will read this and won't allow you to access it no more. As I said you don't have to like it but it's no reason for you to be d... about it.
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May 18, 2008 2:51 am
 stillthewhizz stillthewhizz
I'm starting to realise who are the kind of people that read this web site. That thing is f*cking hideous. So it's yet another lairy Audi. All of you seem to piss yourselves. They could release a giant turd with a flat bottom wheel and a massive grill and you'd all fall it love with it. Oh I forgot, they've already done that, it's called the Q7 V12 TDI.
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May 18, 2008 2:18 am
 out4ride out4ride
if they won't make it I'll shoot myself
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May 17, 2008 7:44 pm
 lelu lelu
Han! Enfin une caisse d'homme, avec un vrai moteur et un vrai kit de pilote :rs:
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May 17, 2008 7:32 pm
 pscs pscs
Bad spelling... "4,254 millimeters (167.48 inches), width 1,825 millimetres" 'meters' is American and 'metres' is British, although a measuring device (e.g. voltmeter) ends with 'er' in British English too. other than that, I'm wondering what's the point of making a near-production concept from a production?
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May 17, 2008 5:42 pm
 joelynn joelynn
Very nice, why not make it?
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May 17, 2008 5:42 pm
 The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
That is one seriously sexy Audi. Please Audi...please make this beast!!!!!
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May 17, 2008 4:24 pm
 The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
wwwoooaaaahhhh!!!!!
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May 17, 2008 3:25 pm
 Kepe Kepe
Holy crap! I want one of these :P Let's hope it gets to production!
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May 17, 2008 3:09 pm
 tumbo tumbo
What a cool concept. Take that rear ving away, and those stickers, and you hav the RS3 bodykit. Love it! Loooove the front and the wheels.
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May 17, 2008 2:11 pm
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
it looks like an 18yr old has bought and a3 nd pimpd it out
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May 17, 2008 1:56 pm
 trespasser trespasser
Too bad it won't make it to the streets...
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May 17, 2008 12:47 pm
 swifthead swifthead
Wooooooooooooowww
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May 17, 2008 12:32 pm