by Tony West
I’m feeling the new Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept. The small rocket is more my style than Nissan’s 370 Nismo. Audi released their new toy at the Wrthersee Tour in Reifnitz, Australia. The most impressive part of this lil trickster is its powerful 2.5 TFST five cylinder engine and electric biturbo.
“The electric biturbo boast sprinting ability and torque and enables high peak power,” says Development Chief, Prof. Dr. Hackenberg. From 2,480 cc of displacement, the engine boasts a stuntastic 600 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque (from 3,000 – 7,000 rpm). Wowsers!
The design of the new TT Clubsport Turbo is lightweight and sporty. It weighs just 3,077 lbs and can sprint from 0-62 in 3.6 seconds thanks to an electrically powered compressor. The e-turbo will kick up from low speeds to a top speed of 192 lbs with no delay. The exhaust system is designed for a minimum back-pressure. The racing type muffler delivers a deep howl. A racing type radiator and side pipe aid cooling.
A 48 volt electrical sub-system is another Audi innovation, supplying electrical energy to the turbo charger. A compact lithium-ion battery stores energy recouped while cruising.
A 2.5 liter TFST engine, matched to a 6 speed manual transmission, has proactive gear changes and simultaneous torque delivery. A quattro permanent all-wheel drive system has a multi plate clutch mounted on the rear axle for better weight distribution. A coilover suspension enables precise body control and a commanding grip on the pavement and corners. The suspension in the TT Clubsport Turbo also works in tandem with torque vectoring and electronic stability control. Carbon ceramic 4 wheel disc brakes are lightweight and resilient.
Sporty, lightweight exterior design cues are icing on the cake for this dragster. For a compact whip that’s just 14 feet long and 6 feet wide the TT Clubsport Turbo has big kahunas. Angular fenders are open at the rear. The Singleframe grille and large air inlets are optimized for maximum air output. The TT Clubsport Turbo also has vertical fins that extend to the Matrix LED headlights
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) is used for the adjustable rear wing, air inlets, front spitter, side panels, rear diffuser, and scuff plate. The TT Clubsport Turbo Concept has 20 inch wheels with gloss and matt black.
The minimalist driver-focused interior is made with ultra-high strength titanium. Lightweight race or bucket seats are standard.
I want some of the TT Clubsport Turbo’s new performance tech to make its way into the R8.