Thanks to the fact that Audi is part of the biggest car manufacturers in the World, the VW group, they have the budget to get on the market some of the craziest cars out there and the Worthersee gathering has to be the most important even of the year for both VW and Audi. This year they released the 2015 Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept, a car which has some of the newest technologies in the car industry to date such as an impressive engine, a state of the art interior for circuit racing as well as one of the most balanced chassis out there. While this sports model is still a concept and it will very likely not going to see the showroom any time soon, Audi is likely going to transplant part of the drivetrain to the next generation TT-RS which is expected to hit the market some time at the end of next year.
Just like its name suggest, the car is based on the usual TT model, so it still has the same floor-pan and a very similar look to it. However, this is where most similarities end. The car’s running gear is all new, offering adjustable shocks and springs all around the car, massive 20-inch rims with 275/30 high performance tires, carbon ceramic brakes which are needed on the track because they usually never fade as well as a lot of aerodynamic treatment.
Engine, Specs, Performance
Engine wise, the 2015 Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept is a rare beast these days, offering a turbocharged 2.5L Inline-5 engine which Audi says it can provide up to 600 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque on a very wide rev range. While it may not sound that impressive, this is the second engine on the market to feature an electric supercharger which the automaker says it will eliminate most lag from the actual turbocharging, allowing the car to deliver its power in a linear fashion rather than offering a no power zone like most other turbocharged cars.
This electric supercharger is fed by a dedicated 48 volt system which will get its energy from the regenerative braking system and it will store it in a small lithium ion battery in the trunk which also acts as the car’s battery through a converter. It is unknown just yet what type of gearbox the 2015 Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept has, but it may use a 6-speed manual unit which sends all of its power to an all wheel drive system, allowing for a 0 to 62 MPH time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 193 MPH. These are just estimates and when it is going to be launched, the car is expected to hit 60 MPH in well under 3 seconds.
2015 Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept Design
On the exterior, the concept is just as impressive as its engine. It features a completely redesigned front end similar to that of the R8, wider wheel arches, a massive rear wing as well as a front splitter and rear diffuser, all needed to keep the car in check during high speed cornering. Unlike on the usual car, the exhaust is on the side while on the rear quarters it features air intakes, needed to cool the regenerative braking system.
When you sit inside the 2015 Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept, you can notice that the whole interior is designed in a racing style. Just take a look at the picture below. The interior is quite simple with a titanium roll-cage, two sport seats wrapped in Alcantara, 4-point harnesses, as well as a multifunctional screen where the instrument cluster would be, and a multifunctional steering wheel similar to those found on all the current Ferrari cars.
Production Model Release Date, Price
The actual production model will be quite a bit more different and it will likely not get the looks of the 2015 Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept. The price is likely going to be as much as $80,000, making it just as expensive as the entry level version of the R8. You may also be interested in the 2016 Audi TT and TTS models.