Attendees at Austria’s Wörtherseetour, the annual meet for fans of all Volkswagen Group cars held June 1 through June 4, will be privy to a special concept car from Audi. The A1 Clubsport Quattro shows a vision of a high-performance, highly stylized version of Audi’s compact hatchback.
To be Wörtherseetour worthy, the A1 received the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine from the TT RS and RS 3 Sportback. In this application, revisions to the turbocharger, intake, exhaust, and intercooler help power jump to 496 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. As with the TT RS, a six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive help get the power to the pavement.
That much power in such a small platform means the Clubsport Quattro can run from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and from 0 to 124 mph in just 10.9 seconds. That makes it quicker than Audi’s supercar: The burly R8 5.2 V10 accomplishes the 0-to-60-mph dash in 3.7 seconds, and requires 12.0 seconds to run from 0 to 124 mph.
As the Clubsport Quattro was designed to be an all-out track car, Audi deleted the radio and rear seats, instead fitting the interior with a chassis brace, roll cage, and the carbon-fiber bucket seats from the R8 GT.Most of the interior controls have been replaced by toggle switches, and Audi has installed additional gauges for monitoring oil pressure, turbocharger boost, and the electrical voltage. The modified A1 rides on adjustable coilover suspension, wide 19-inch wheels, and carbon-ceramic front brake discs gripped by a six-piston caliper.
A big roof spoiler and side-exit exhaust boldly demonstrate the car’s sporting premise. The car has been widened 2.3 inches, with flared wheel arches intended to recall those of the Audi Quattro. A new rear splitter, lower front fascia with gaping air intakes, and a vented hood all complete the A1’s transformation from commuter to competitor.
There are, obviously, no plans to make this concept car into a series production model. However, Audi fans who want a turn at the wheel can drive the car virtually in Need for Speed World from June 1 through June 4.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Wörthersee event and, coincidentally, Volkswagen will debut a Europe-only, 35th Anniversary edition of the GTI there. Last year Audi debuted tamer A1 concepts at Wörthersee, but those were primarily visually modified cars that showcased Audi’s collection of add-on components.