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A3 clubsport quattro - OFFICIAL information - embargo just lifted

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by FactionOne, May 17, 2008.

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    [May 17, 2008]
    Hi folks,

    Just a quick one...

    There has been quite a lot of work at the rumour-mill about the A3 clubsport quattro, and I just wanted to let you all know that at 00:00 today the embargo lifted on official news from Audi about this car.

    A sample will be shown for the first time at this year's Lake Wörther Tour in Austria; and there are confirmed details about its specification from the Audi Press Office.

    Here's the full release...

    Regards,

    Rob.

    Intense TDI power

    Audi, the inventor of TDI, is about to blaze another trail in the field of engine manufacture with the A3 TDI clubsport quattro, a one-off show car featuring the most extreme incarnation to date of its advanced four-cylinder TDI engine. One of the stars of the forthcoming 27th annual Lake Wörther Tour in Austria, the A3 TDI clubsport quattro extracts an incredible 450Nm of torque and maximum power of 224PS from its 2.0-litre, common rail fuel injected TDI unit, allowing it to race from rest to 62mph in just 6.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 149mph.

    The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro will leave show-goers in no doubt as to its capabilities, emphasizing them both acoustically through its sonorous exhaust and visually with a series of exclusive parts mounted on the body and in the interior. Exterior components such as the large DTM-look rear spoiler and the bolt-on wheel arch extensions give the car a dynamic air, while the racing bucket seats and open gear lever gate in aluminium form the highlights of the interior.

    The show car is a true high-tech sports car. Power is directed to the 20-inch wheels via a six-speed transmission and the quattro all-wheel-drive system. At the front wheels, stopping power is provided by six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs. The Audi drive select driving dynamics system allows the driver to vary the throttle response characteristics, the exhaust sound, the level of power assistance for the steering, the cut-in thresholds for the ESP stabilization system and the operating mode of the dampers. The dampers deploy Audi magnetic ride technology, enabling them to react to changes in the driving situation with lightning speed.

    Audi – the trailblazer of engine manufacture

    Audi is the trailblazer of engine manufacture. Since their debut back in 1989, the TDI engines have long since established themselves helped by their powerful, refined and efficient character. The success that the diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI racing car has been enjoying for two years now in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the American Le Mans Series is clear testimony to this technology's tremendous potential.

    The engine in the R8 TDI Le Mans study is closely related to the diesel race engine technically speaking – the high-performance sports car is equipped with a six-litre V12 power unit whose output of 500PS and torque of 1,000 Nm (737.56 lb-ft) are good for a top speed comfortably in excess of 186mph. The R8 TDI can also be seen at the Lake Wörther Tour, as the major annual gathering of Audi and VW enthusiasts is known. Audi has already transferred the superior power of the TDI engines into its road-going cars: the TT and TT Roadster both feature a 2.0-litre common rail TDI unit delivering 170PS and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of peak torque, coupled to the quattro all-wheel-drive system. As is plain to see, Audi continues to build on its lead in the technology stakes.

    At a glance

    The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro

    Engine

    - Four-cylinder TDI with common-rail injection system
    - Displacement of 1968 cc, output of 165 kW (224 hp) and torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft)
    - Optimized exhaust system
    - 0 – 62mph in 6.6 seconds, top speed 149mph


    Power Transmission

    - High-efficiency six-speed manual transmission with a lightweight casing, open gear lever gate made of aluminium
    - quattro all-wheel drive with extremely fast-action multi-plate clutch


    Chassis

    - Four-link rear suspension for dynamic handling and good comfort
    - Power steering with highly efficient electric drive
    - Wheels measuring 9 J x 20, tyre size 265/30
    - Six-piston brake calipers and ceramic discs at the front wheels
    - Audi drive select driving dynamics system with Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper control


    Body and Interior

    - Length 4,254 millimeters (167.48 inches), width 1,825 millimetres (71.85 inches), height 1,385 millimetres (54.53 inches)
    - Motorsport-look design, large rear spoiler
    - Racing bucket seats and extra aluminium components in interior
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    [May 17, 2008]
    A lot of the German car blogs are showing the TT Clubsport today. Are they talking about the same thing?

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    [May 17, 2008]
    Man...you get up way too early on a Saturday...
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    [May 17, 2008]
    yeah but the original post was probably midday in Oz ! sound interesting, I wouln't mind a A3 with an engine like that, but it would be the wrong side of 30k for me. In fact anything above 18k is the wrong side for me :)
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Now, build a petrol version, call it the RS3, and I promise, I'll buy it!!
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Good lord that TT clubsport is ugly... Totally over-styled in my opinion.
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Seriously?? You'd pay the thick end of 40K for a car based on the 8P platform? I think Audi know it's limitations hence no RS3. For me, my 2.0TFSI quattro at £27K takes the A3 model as far as i'd want it to go. Anything more powerful than that and costing £30K i'm looking at a lightly used A5 or 3 series coupe.
    Thats just me though, i'd never say anyone was 'wrong' in their choice of car, you take your choice and pay your money!
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Yeah, the idea of a properly hard core A3 does appeal to me.

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    Although you are right, at £40k or so, I'd probably steer towards a 2nd hand 996 turbo.
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    [May 17, 2008]
    LOL! I'm South Wales as in a short distance from Swansea, alas not a short distance from Sydney!

    I only posted early because we'd had the press release from Audi and I was updating the front page as the embargo lifted, thought I'd stick a note in here too.

    Apologies for not posting a pic in here btw, it's just that Audi haven't actually released any press photos yet - I had to improvise for the front page!

    Regards,

    Rob
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    Love the gear stick look in the pics, not sure about the tail fin but might get used to it!!
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    [May 17, 2008]
    That interior looks the absolute nuts.

    Rich
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Looks slightly better than the TT one I posted earlier. The interior shot looks nice.

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    [May 17, 2008]
    Don't like the grill, the rear splitter, or the holes on the arches. LOVE the interior!!
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Thats some serious power out of the 2l lump! Not too sure on looks. Hope they have toned it down a bit on the production model but that interior is lovely!
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    [May 17, 2008]
    to echo others, interior looks great! Audi do have some of the best interiors of any cars
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    [May 17, 2008]
    That interior is beautiful.
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    [May 17, 2008]
    Thoe just look like computer renders, are there any photos of the real car?
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    [May 17, 2008]
    beautiful interior
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    [May 18, 2008]
    The styling isn't exactly subtle and the start button on the steering wheel will start another thread!
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    [May 18, 2008]
    The interior looks fantastic!!:iagree:
    Can't make up my mind about the exterior (too VXR ish??)
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    [May 18, 2008]
    Tis a bit too loud but toned down would be a nice motor.
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    [May 19, 2008]
    On paper it sounds great... then I saw those renders and felt sick. I'm afraid neither the interior or the exterior do it for me.
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