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Audi unveils TT clubsport turbo technology concept

by Ronan Glon

The hot-rodded TT features an electric bi-turbo setup and a 48-volt electrical sub-system.

Audi will travel to next week's Wörthersee show to introduce a futuristic concept called TT clubsport turbo technology.

Inspired by the successful Audi 90 IMSA GTO that tore up race tracks in the late 1980s, the concept is powered by an experimental 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder engine that makes 600 horsepower and 479 lb-ft. of torque from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm. The five-cylinder is the first TFSI mill to use a pair of electric turbos, a technology that will soon be found in Audi's regular-production vehicles.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The juiced-up turbos virtually eliminate turbo lag, helping the TT reach 62 mph from a stop in 3.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 192 mph. Power for the turbos is provided by a custom-built 48-volt electrical sub-system, another feature that will equip Audis in the near future.

Much wider than a stock TT, the clubsport turbo technology concept has been upgraded with a more aerodynamic front bumper, vented fender flares designed to help cool the brakes, LED headlights, a carbon fiber air diffuser and an evolution of the rear wing found on the Audi Sport TT Cup. The concept rides on 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Pirelli P Zero tires.

The interior features bucket seats upholstered in orange Alcantara, four-point harnesses, a fully configurable digital instrument cluster and a race-inspired multi-function steering wheel. Carbon fiber trim on the door panels, the dashboard and the center console hints at the coupe's lightweight construction.

The Audi TT clubsport turbo technology concept will not make the jump to production as-is, but expect to find its electric bi-turbo setup and its 48-volt electrical sub-system under the hood of a production-bound Audi in the coming months.

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