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Friday, June 3, 2011

Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro Concept at Worthersee festival, held in Reifnitz, Austria

Every year, fans of the Volkswagen Group get together at the Wörthersee festival, held in Reifnitz, Austria. Each year, Volkswagen creates  a unique concept for their fans. This year they went berserk with the all new Audi A1 supermini. Its called the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro and it is definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Don’t be fooled by the cute looks because this small city car packs close to 500 bhp. That’s right, 500 horsepower in a car the size of a supermarket trolley. It employs the same 2.5 litre 5 cylinder engine from the Audi TT RS and the Audi RS3. In standard guise, the 2500cc motor delivers up to 330 bhp. In the Audi A1 Clubsport, the Audi engineers have added a bigger intercooler and a redesigned exhaust. Add to that higher boost pressure and you have a monster of an engine.

All these modification result in a power boost of 166 bhp to 496 bhp. Thankfully, Audi engineers have fitted the A1 Clubsport with their patent ‘Quattro’ four wheel drive system without which handling all that power would’ve been impossible. The four wheel drive system has had an effect on the weight of the car but who care, when you’ve got 500 horses doing the job of lugging. The car weighs close to 1400 kg giving it a power to weight ratio of around 357 bhp per tonne.

Power delivered to all four wheels via a six speed manual transmission which employs a tweaked multi plate clutch from the Audi TT RS. Performance figures, as you’d expect would make most supercars look dull and boring. Audi claims, the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro can go from standstill to 100 kph in 3.7 sec but, unfortunately, like all Audis the A1 Clubsport too is limited to 155 mph/ 250 kph.The car also features adjustable suspension and 19 inch wheels. Brakes are carbon ceramic which is actually a good thing as, with all that power under the hood anybody would carried away.


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