The Audi TT Clubsport Turbo has been revealed for the Wörthersee tuning festival in Austria. This concept has been given a new 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine with two electric turbochargers adding up to 592bhp, that’s right, almost 600bhp in a TT. This immense power makes for very impressive performance figures – 0-62mph is dealt with in just 3.6 seconds and it will go on all the way up to 193mph.
This eye-watering performance is backed by the company’s head of research and development, Ulrich Hackenberg, saying “Electric turbocharging signifies a new dimension… We are close to production readiness with this technology in our diesel engines. Now we are presenting it with a petrol engine, too. We are the first car maker to do this.” This eagerness for this new technology from Audi means we may not have to wait too long for these systems to be in our production cars.
This system will first be seen in production in the SQ7’s electrically turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine and then will become more likely to sweep it’s way across the range. Hackenberg claims that this 2.5-litre unit in this TT Clubsport has been completely designed from scratch, saying it is a “clean sheet design”.
Despite just being a design piece for now, the Audi TT Clubsport does give us a good idea not only for the future of hardened TT models, but for the future engine designs we will be seeing in Audi’s to come – and with those performance figures, it cannot come soon enough.