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Audi's 224-kW TT clubsport

2008-05-22 08:39
Audi has unleashed a production-like version of its TT clubsport quattro on a group of Audi and VW enthusiasts in Austria.

A progression of the TT clubsport quattro seen at last year's Essen motor show, this car was built with the purist in mind.

Described as "uncompromising", the showcar has a low, flat windshield, near invisible A-pillars, beefy rollover bars followed by two humps where the soft top would usually be stored.

Mean machine

In typical Audi form, the front end is dominated by a single-frame grille finished in high-gloss black and perfectly offsetting the Suzuka Grey paintwork of the showcar.

Beneath the headlamps are large air inlets covered by horizontally split black grills, while a spoiler lip optimises downforce. The rear bumper doubles as a diffuser.

The car's track is wider by 66 mm over the production TT and the wheelarches are filled with a set of striking 19-inch wheels.

The purist attitude is carried across to the interior, where the driver and passenger are ensconced in racing bucket seats. Aluminium is used generally throughout the cabin, and can be seen adorning the door handles and foot pedals.

Clockwork Orange

Another distinguishing feature is the use of orange throughout the cabin. Orange leather inserts are visible on the arm rests and on the side of the centre tunnel, while the instrument cluster is a mix of orange and white graphics.

Powering this sports car is another version of the seemingly indefatigable 2.0 TFSI engine - this time with an astounding 224 kW on tap.

This power is channeled to the four wheels via an S tronic transmission, allowing manual or fully automatic shifts, while the performance brake system lifted from the new TTS provides the stopping power.

This machine is being made available to ogling Audi and VW fans at the annual Wörthersee Tour being held in Austria this week.


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