Each May, fans of the Volkswagen Audi Group make their annual pilgrimage to the picturesque Austrian town of Wörthersee to celebrate the wonders of the parent organization and view a variety of impressive vehicles that range from classic to current to previews of potential future models. The first to surface for the Wörthersee Tour 2014 is this subtle but stunning 4-door, the Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept. One of two could-be road warriors the automaker will present at Wörthersee later this month, it reportedly offers an early look at what we can expect to see in the upcoming 2016 Audi RS3 Sedan due to launch sometime next year.
Based on the current Audi S3 Sedan, the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept matches distinctive visual enhancements with serious performance upgrades. At its core is Audi's 2.5-liter turbocharged TFSI 5-cylinder engine tuned to make a massive 518 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, much of it due to a larger T-charger and intercooler, more boost and freer-flowing intake/exhaust plumbing. Those formidable stats reflect gains of 183 and 112 respective output units compared to what this motivator develops in the production Audi RS Q3 and TT RS models. The engine is backed by a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and ships power to all four wheels via a performance version of the automaker's legendary Quattro AWD system. Audi says that prodigious muscle allows the Clubsport Quattro Concept to streak from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and top out at 193 mph.
As expected, the A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept also features a full-on chassis recasting that drops ride height by nearly half an inch and includes a taut to super-taut 3-setting electronically controlled coil-over suspension, progressive-ratio power steering, a multi-mode ESC stability control system that can be switched off completely, torque-vectoring capabilities, carbon-ceramic disc brakes and superlight 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in sticky 275/25 performance tires.
Finished in Magnetic Blue with black CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) aero-enhancing elements and a painted CFRP hood, the Clubsport Quattro Concept further raises its visual profile with demonstrably bolder front/rear fascia treatments, full LED head/tail lamps, a "blister-style" fender treatment and an auto-deploying rear airbrake. Inside, the 4-passenger cabin reprises the black-and-blue motif with noir-look leather and Ancantara set off with light-gray piping and Sepang Blue contrast stitching. Other tweaks include a unique multifunction sport steering wheel, custom graphics for the gauge faces and MMI display screen, various CFRP and brushed aluminum bits plus stainless-steel sport pedals.
"The Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept shows our car and tuning fans at the Wörthersee just how much sporty potential there is in the A3 family and in our top-of-the-line engines such as the 2.5 TFSI," noted Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at the car's reveal. "We have pushed the limits in every respect with this show car: power, dynamics, sound, design."
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