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(from Audi Press
Release) The Audi TT clubsport quattro: The TT in its
Every Audi TT is noted for its clear lines, unmistakable dynamism
and the driving characteristics of a sports car. Audi now presents
the TT in its most purist form: the Clubsport Quattro Study.
The Audi TT clubsport quattro study reduces the TT Roadster to a
pure driving machine. A powerful engine, state-of-the-art technology
and numerous traits borrowed from the world of motorsport are the
dominant features of the TT clubsport quattro.
The goal that the development engineers set themselves for this
vehicle study was to achieve purism at a premium level. No hood, no
A-post – instead, a wraparound windscreen kept extremely low which
deliberately evokes images of a speedster. The flat, slightly tinted
window strip surrounds the cockpit. The panoramic windscreen and the
two humps located behind the interior in place of the hood
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 front end is dominated by the single-frame grille which has
aluminium inserts to give its design a horizontal emphasis. This
makes the TT clubsport quattro appear even flatter than it already
is. The four rings of the logo are not located in the grille as on
most Audi models, but on the bonnet. The large air inlets in the
front end supply additional air to the more potent TFSI engine. LED
daytime running lights provide an eye-catching highlight at all
times of day. The visible stainless steel rear silencer is the
striking feature in the rear bumper, while the blade under the rear
silencer visibly underscores the vehicle’s sports character. The
dual-branch exhaust system with its oval tailpipes calls to mind the
sporty Audi production models such as the RS 4.
There is a deliberate lack of visual interruptions in the side line
and you will look in vain for door handles. The TT clubsport quattro
is opened by remote control: the doors spring open at the press of a
button. The size of the two exterior mirrors has also been minimised.
20-inch wheels with tyres of size 265/30 R20 emphasise the car’s
muscular appearance, as does its track width which has been
increased by a total of 80 millimetres compared with a production TT.
Not only that, but the wheel arches have also been enlarged
The car is painted Daytona Grey, a colour that Audi used for the
first time on the RS 4 and the S8. The exterior design features dark
shades of grey. This forms a contrast with the metallic elements,
with the grille and side grille in Gun Metal, a steely colour which
imbues the TT clubsport quattro with a look which is both sporty and
pure. The brake callipers, the orange colour of which links the
exterior design to the interior, provide a visual contrast. These
bright colour highlights also provide attractive visual touches in
the interior, on elements such as the instrument cowl, the armrest
and on the back of the bucket seats. The black leather seat itself
also boasts a special feature in the shape of a laser pattern worked
into the seat. This was specially designed for the TT clubsport
quattro and plays on the TT logo.
The sports character demonstrated by the exterior design is
continued inside the car, where purism was also the driving element.
Racing bucket seats are provided for both occupants. Together with
four-point belts that are three inches wide, these offer both driver
and passenger excellent support, even in extreme driving situations
– on the racetrack, for example. The generous use of aluminium is
characteristic of Audi. This starts with the steering wheel which is
adorned with a twin spoke crafted from this lightweight metal. The
pedals are also made of aluminium and exhibit a grooved structure.
They consequently not only afford a better grip, but also help to
save weight. Foot rests are provided for both driver and passenger
in the TT clubsport quattro.
The gear lever gate adopted from the new mid-engined sports car, the
Audi R8, and the aluminium gear knob are a joy to behold. This
lightweight metal is also used for the door pull and the door
opener, both of which are cut-out, a feature which further
underlines the interior’s purist character.
The sill area has also been restyled compared with the production
model. Rather than being interrupted by a sill strip, it now
emphasises the width of the car. A new door sill trim located
further inside the car, along with floor mats sporting the TT logo
as an aluminium inlay provide further visual highlights. The
surrounding strip on the top shoulder is also made of this
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
round player built by Audi’s premium partner fits exactly into the
circular opening and is a sheer delight for the senses, both
visually and acoustically.
The instrument cluster is very different from the one in a
production model. The vertical needles and colour graphics are the
eye-catching features. The clock and odometer have been omitted in
keeping with the car’s underlying purist philosophy.
The racing character of the Audi TT clubsport quattro is underscored
by its technology. The Audi engineers have packed the 2.0 TFSI
engine with even more power than the 260 bhp familiar from the Audi
S3. The turbocharged four-cylinder unit with petrol direct injection
breaks the magic 300 bhp barrier. Thanks to a modified intake
manifold, it has been possible to get even more power out of this
highly efficient engine (which was “Engine of the Year” in its class
in 2005 and 2006). Power is transferred to all four wheels, making
the TT clubsport quattro the first new-generation TT with
four-cylinder engine and quattro permanent four-wheel drive.
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.
Anyone opening the bonnet will be met by a fascinating sight. Thanks
to a lack of cables and auxiliaries, the engine compartment looks
extremely clean. The engine has deliberately not been hidden under a
cover. The cross brace running above the engine is a technical
stroke of genius. It not only makes the car more rigid, but also
contains the coolant expansion tank. The ABS system has been moved
from the engine compartment to the interior. The air conditioning
and activated charcoal filter are not to be found in the engine
compartment either. A racing air filter ensures that the engine
takes in a sufficient amount of air. The exhaust system has been
adapted to suit the car’s sporty performance: the specially tuned
exhaust emits the genuine sound of motor racing.
Ceramic brakes are fitted in the TT for the first time. These are
absolutely non-fading and enable countless sharp braking manoeuvres
without any loss of stopping power. Once again, Audi has taken
advantage of its superior wealth of experience: ceramic brakes are
already offered for the RS 4, the A8 and S8, for example, and are
enjoying increasing popularity with customers.
The Audi TT clubsport quattro is a purist driving machine that
combines the performance of a sports car with a unique design
language. It consequently remains a TT on the one hand, while at the
same time demonstrating just what is possible with such a
fascinating production vehicle. The possible small-series production
of this model is being considered.