Audi Clubsports the TT

May 16, 2007

Audi continues its quest to grab a headline every few weeks with the new TT clubsport quattro concept, a sporty rendition of the new roadster now on sale in theU.S.

The concept strips down the TT roadster to an essential racing form, most obviously by cutting away the car’s windshield and replacing it with a speedster-style windscreen. Aluminum inserts in the grille (the Audi rings are relocated to the hood) and lower roll bars behind the driver and passenger seat, Audi says, visually flatten the TT’s form, giving a more intense stance. Slim LED daytime running lights frame the nose on the concept. Gray exterior shades are highlighted by orange brake calipers.


Other details give the driving environment a flair distinct from the standard TT. The doors are operated by a remote button, not by conventional handles. Smaller mirrors and ultra-low-profile 20-series tires are twinned with a 3.2-inch wider track and larger wheel flares.


In the cabin, the orange highlights applied to the bucket seats, instrument panel and armrest pick up the theme from the brake rotors. Racing bucket seats and four-point seatbelts are outfitted to the car, and aluminum trim decorates the pedals, door pulls, and gear knob. Replacing one of the TT’s three circular air vents is a Bang & Olufsen MP3 player.


The most compelling feature of the clubsport quattro is its turbocharger four-cylinder. Tuned to produce 300 horsepower, it’s teamed to an S-tronic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.


Audi says a short production run of clubsports is being considered. We’d expect to hear confirmation of that at this year’s Frankfurt auto show.


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