One of the star performers at this week's Worthersee Tour 2011 in Reifnitz, Austria, the stunning Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro Concept is a track-focused exercise in pure possibility thinking. Its bolder exterior is matched with a full range of competition-inspired mechanical enhancements highlighted by a 496-horsepower version of Audi's 2.5-liter TFSI engine.
Created by the factory as an appropriately functional bit of eye candy for the 30th annual gathering of Audi/SEAT/Skoda/VW partisans, the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro Concept brings a whole new level of visual presence to the game. From a boldly recast front clip and air-extractor slits on the front fenders to its carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof panel, large double-element rear spoiler, functional diffuser and DTM-style behind-the-door exhaust outlet, this high-velocity wide-body one-off leaves absolutely no doubt about its evil intent.
Motivating the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro Concept is a suitably upgraded version of the automaker's direct-injected/turbocharged/intercooled five-cylinder gasoline engine that makes its maximum 496 ponies from 2,500-5,300 rpm and turns out an equally stout 487 lb-ft of peak torque. Matched with a modified six-speed manual transmission from Audi TT RS and sending force to all four wheels via a tweaked Quattro setup also culled from the TT RS, it can send the 3,064-lb Clubsport Quattro Concept from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and on to an electronically governed top end of 155 mph. On the handling front, this awesome Audi boasts a custom coilover sport suspension with adjustable compression/rebound damping, carbon-ceramic front brakes, and bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels.
As you'd expect from any proper track car, cabin appointments in the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro Concept are suitably Spartan. Dark grey dominates the color palette, whether it be leather on the sport seats borrowed from the R8 GT or the equally prominent array of matte-finish CFRP bits. While the infotainment system, MMI interface and rear seat have been sacrificed in the interest of total performance, the car does boast a set of custom gauges, stainless-steel pedal covers, four-point racing seatbelts and red-fabric pulls that replace the standard door/glovebox handles.
Audi still has no plans to bring the A1 to America, but even the Euro faithful will only be able to lust after this particular example. For now, the A1 Clubsport Quattro Concept will remain strictly a one-off.