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Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept

Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept



Audi is presenting the A3 clubsport quattro concept at this year's Wörthersee Meeting in Reifnitz (Kärnten) from May 28–31. The concept study is based on the S3 Sedan* and has a five-cylinder TFSI engine under the hood producing 386 kW (525 hp).

In the show car, the 2,480 cc five‑cylinder produces 386 kW (525 hp) for a specific output of 155.6 kW (211.7 hp) per litre. With a total weight of 1,527 kilograms (3,366.5 lb), this corresponds to a power-to-weight ratio of 2.9 kilograms (6.4 lb)/hp. Maximum torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) is available between 2,300 and 6,000 rpm. The Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h (192.6 mph).  

Extensive modifications make this extreme performance possible. These include a large turbocharger with up to 1.5 bar of relative boost pressure and a modified intercooler.

The basic concept behind the five‑cylinder already makes it a special engine. The 1‑2‑4‑5‑3 ignition sequence gives it its own unique rhythm, which in the A3 clubsport quattro concept is reinforced by an intake and exhaust system designed for maximum throughput. The characteristic sound of this TFSI engine is a throaty snarl. In addition to earning top marks for sound and technology, the 2.5 TFSI is also visually stunning. The engine in the show car is only covered by a hood made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP).



The Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept features a seven‑speed S tronic with a compact three‑shaft layout. Its tall seventh gear reduces fuel consumption, and the final gear ratio has been modified accordingly. The driver can allow the dual‑clutch transmission to work fully automatically in modes D and S or choose to change gears manually using the paddles on the steering wheel or the shift lever. A launch control function manages starts with maximum power and controlled wheel slip.

The heart of the quattro all‑wheel drive system is a hydraulically activated, multi‑plate clutch on the rear axle that has been specially designed for the high torque of the powerful five‑cylinder. Like the engine management system, its electronic controller is integrated into the Audi drive select driving dynamics system and takes the combination of “fun to drive” and safety to a whole new level.

The clutch can direct a portion of the torque from the front to the rear axle if the driver turns sportily into a corner.



Its advanced chassis enables the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept to deliver its tremendous power to the asphalt dynamically and safely. Aluminum components in the front McPherson suspension reduce the weight of the unsprung masses. The four‑link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The steering rack of the progressive steering system is designed so that the steering ratio becomes more direct with increasing steering input. In addition, steering boost decreases as speed increases.

Compared to the production Audi S3 Sedan*, the body has been lowered 10 millimeters (0.4 in) and both the springs and dampers are very taut. All three parameters can be adjusted via the struts of the coilover suspension so that the show car can be perfectly adapted to the task at hand, be it on the road or the race track.

The Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept rolls on 9.5 J x 21 wheels shod with size 275/25 R21 tires. The internally vented front brake discs measure 370 millimeters (14.6 in) in diameter. All four discs are made of carbon fiber‑ceramic, making them extremely lightweight and abrasion-resistant.




The ESC electronic stabilization control, which can be partly or completely deactivated, supports the show car's dynamic handling with lightning-fast reactions. At the cornering limit, torque vectoring via brief applications of the brakes of the inside wheels ensures that the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept turns easily into the corner. It provides maximum control and reliability for drifts, with the front axle straightening the show car out again as it exits the corner.

The Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). This enables a low center of gravity and a finely balanced distribution of axle loads, which is a prerequisite for the car's dynamic handling. Hot‑shaped steel components in the floor of the passenger cell form a strong structure. The extreme strength of the steel allows for thin walls and thus very low weights.

The lightweight body lays the foundation for the show car's low curb weight (without driver) of just 1,527 kilograms (3,366.5 lb). The result is a race car‑like power-to-weight ratio of just 2.9 kilograms (6.4 lb) per hp.




The side view of the sedan has also gained some sharp accents. Two straight edges above the wheels that end in the doors contour the fender and the rear sidewall. The “blisters” give the body broad shoulders while also evoking the classic quattro models from Audi and the current RS 4 Avant*. The round fuel cover in the C‑pillars and the reduced side mirrors are further typical Audi sports car elements. The side sill trims are made entirely of CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced polymer).

At the rear, a large diffuser that extends upward in the middle makes a bold statement. Three fins divide its high-gloss black honeycomb insert; two additional grilles joined by a blade conceal the tailpipes of the exhaust system.

When the driver of the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept applies the brakes at high speed, the air brake is activated. Electronically actuated, the rear segment of the trunk goes from the spoiler position to nearly vertical in the blink of an eye. At 250 km/h (155.3 mph), the air brake reduces the stopping distance by around twelve meters (39.4 ft), in part because the ESC can allocate more braking power to the rear axle thanks to the increased downforce.

The cabin of the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept seats four persons comfortably. Racing seats with high side bolsters await the driver and front passenger. The backrests are open-worked below the integrated head restraints and CFRP shells cover the backs – a visual expression of Audi's lightweight construction concept.

Black faces, red needles and white numbers define the look of the instrument cluster. A shift light in the tachometer indicates when the rev limit of 6,900 rpm is reached, and the seven‑inch monitor of the MMI navigation plus system displays a special graphic when the engine is started. Two large, separate buttons on the three‑spoke, multifunction sport steering wheel are used to start and stop the engine as well as to choose Audi drive select modes.

Black is the dominant color in the show car's interior. The seat covers feature light gray piping and contrast stitching in Sepang Blue. The headlining and the pillars are covered in black Alcantara, and the decorative inlays are brushed aluminum.



Fine details underscore the sportiness of the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept. The footrest and pedals are made of stainless steel; two open-worked bars form the handles for the door openers. The selector lever of the seven‑speed S tronic sports a red ring, a CFRP badge and a Clubsport logo. The badge with the name of the show car can also be found on the instrument cluster and on the door sill trims.
guymcc

Stunning in every way! Les hope the rs3 is something close to this!
Challice

Offft!! Thats lush...
marc1

Looks a bit like a cross between a b7 rs4 and b8 s4 but with a turbo five pot. I doubt they'll make it like that though sadly. Looks great though.
C J

marc1 wrote:
Looks a bit like a cross between a b7 rs4 and b8 s4 but with a turbo five pot. I doubt they'll make it like that though sadly. Looks great though.


Yeah your defo right. Especially with our shite rules regarding front number plates. Where would it go on the front of that without spoiling it?!
ScottR

That looks a dream package.
quattrokid

That's.....    stunning !!!

Hopefully Looksmart diecast models will have that in 1/43 scale like they did with the A1 Clubsport

The RS3 saloon when it comes is reputed to sport ~380 bhp from its 5 pot engine  
UrielsMachine

That looks ace  

Jas  
RACK

I'd sell both kidneys for that!
Norrs2

Don't see how they could have done a better job on that!!!!  5 pot too!!!

Dream car!!

Please make that Audi.
PMJ

Where do I sign up for one. I would drop my S4 for that in a heartbeat.
Noggymike

I think the oversized front grill lets it down IMHO, but apart from that it looks a tool
Marc R

WANT!    I'd sell the RS4 for this baby....

Mugello blue and cream leather please.
buzzard

loving that………………..

i still think the RS3 will also be a belting car.
DavidT

What a machine that is. I would love to see it in the flesh
Alps

Audi, sod the concept lark and just put it into full production. Even if it rolls like a turd, I'd have it for the looks!
Graham

Look out for live footage of the A3 clubsport test drive tomorrow from 9am on Audi Media TV:

"Just ahead of its presentation at the Wörthersee Meet (May 28 to June 1 in Reifnitz, Carinthia) Audi is putting its latest concept car, the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept, through a tough test: Racing driver Marc Basseng, who has already brought Audi one World Champion title in the FIA-GT1 World Championship and one win in the 24 Hours Race at the Nürburgring, is driving the roll-out of the A3 clubsport quattro concept exclusively for Audi MediaTV."

May 28, 2014 10:00 CEST

http://www.audimedia.tv
genegammage

pure perfection, looks to be about the same size as a B5
sleeper_avant

i saw an A3 on the M25 on saturday gone and even in "normal" form on a 14 plate it looked georgous in dark blue.


tried to get a picture but i turned off at Brentwood and it was going way to quick for me to get a snap of it

lovely cars and i do not like new stuff usually!

This was the saloon/sedan variant i have never ever seen before and it was stunning.

i would 100% own one
pjbRs

Not sure about the front grill, but the rest looks ace. The interior is lush, certainly worth a closer look, if it goes into production.
Graham

Graham wrote:
Look out for live footage of the A3 clubsport test drive tomorrow from 9am on Audi Media TV:

"Just ahead of its presentation at the Wörthersee Meet (May 28 to June 1 in Reifnitz, Carinthia) Audi is putting its latest concept car, the Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept, through a tough test: Racing driver Marc Basseng, who has already brought Audi one World Champion title in the FIA-GT1 World Championship and one win in the 24 Hours Race at the Nürburgring, is driving the roll-out of the A3 clubsport quattro concept exclusively for Audi MediaTV."

May 28, 2014 10:00 CEST

http://www.audimedia.tv


Streaming now  
Cheempeej

God damn work PC restrictions!
Graham

The Media TV broadcast was good, if only to see it for real rather than the CGI, but verrry short.

I like this video as well:


Link
Noggymike

[quote="Graham:612180"]The Media TV broadcast was good, if only to see it for real rather than the CGI, but verrry short.

I like this video as well:

guymcc

Wow, very cool video!  This car looks amazing!
S4Player

They have to make that 👍
quattrokid

Concidering Audi ran 720bhp in the imsa 200 & 90 quattro's waaaay back in ...1989 ish, I feel a bit seen off that all these years later they didn't drop that engine in this A3 Clubsport, suddenly ~525bhp seems tightfisted  
Nez

Looks great  
valver

Audi have to make that - its awesome!!  
arotished

beautiful car....but its not a A3...its a f**** A4....
Norrs2

arotished wrote:
beautiful car....but its not a A3...its a f**** A4....


 half a pint of what your having mate!
arotished

Norrs2 wrote:
arotished wrote:
beautiful car....but its not a A3...its a f**** A4....


 half a pint of what your having mate!


I dont see why they need to make the A3 just as the A4 is now. Why cant the A3 be a 2 door sport short car?
Alps

There's an S3 version of this parked round the corner from me. Looks OK. But not remotely as nice as the concept car.

Ain't Audi great at adverts.
Graham

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-new...ept-worthersee-meeting-2014-05-15
CliveH

I'd have one of these if it ever went into production without hesitation. As said above, it looks to be more the size of a B5 and also a bit of the looks, which would bring back happy memories
Graham

The A3 saloon interior feels a bit smaller than the B5, but not massively.
buzzard

I would love to see the RS3 saloon in the flesh when it comes out……….

I think the S3 saloon looked great, had a good look round one at stafford audi.
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