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Audi's new 'driving machine'

2007-05-17 07:44

Audi TT Clubsport Quattro

Meet the Audi TT clubsport Quattro. This concept car transforms the TT Roadster to a pure driving machine. It comes with a powerful engine and state-of-the-art technology showcasing what a track-ready TT could look like.

The spiced-up TT features a massive, gaping grille, though Audi says the size is necessary in order to feed sufficient air to the more powerful engine.

The speedster's front end takes cues from the Audi R8 too and also has LED daytime running lights.

Typical speedster styling cues include a flat, slightly tinted window strip that surrounds the cockpit and a panoramic windscreen while two humps located behind the interior in place of the bonnet compartment are reminiscent of a racing car.

The rollover bars familiar from the TT Roadster are kept flatter and are the same height as the sports bucket seats. The exterior mirrors are smaller while 20-inch wheels compliment the muscular look.

On the inside there is plenty of aluminum trip, both for aesthetic and weight-reduction reasons.

The Audi designers came up with a special idea in the field of entertainment. Instead of the middle of the three round air vents in the upper part of the dashboard, they integrated an interface here, designed among other things for the B&O MP3 player BeoSound 2.

The instrument cluster is very different from the one in a production model. The clock and odometer have been omitted in keeping with the car's "underlying purist philosophy".

Power comes from the familiar 2.0 TFSI engine with even more power than the 191KW from the Audi S3.

The turbocharged four-cylinder unit with petrol direct injection breaks the magic 220kW barrier. Thanks to a modified intake manifold, it has been possible to get even more power out of this highly efficient engine

The transmission is also new in this performance category. Thanks to its dual clutch, the S tronic direct-shift gearbox changes gear virtually without interrupting the flow of power, a process that goes unnoticed by the driver. The six gears can, however, also be changed manually, with gearshifts taking just fractions of a second.

There are also ceramic brakes, which are non-fading and enable countless sharp braking maneuvers without any loss of stopping power.

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