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2008 Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro

2008 Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro

A TDI from Audi is more than just another diesel – it is, in fact, a dynamic power unit and a rich source of driving pleasure. At the 27th annual Lake Wörther Tour being held in the Austria province of Carinthia from May 21-25, Audi is demonstrating the potential of TDI technology with a very special concept study: the Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro is powered by an engine delivering a whole 165 kW (224 hp) from its displacement of two liters. And with a torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft), it endows the premium compact model with the pulling power of a sports car.

The show car races from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 6.6 seconds and attains a top speed of 240 km/h (149.13 mph).

The Audi A3 TDI clubsport quattro projects its power with supreme confidence – both acoustically courtesy of 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 aluminum form the highlights of the interior.

The show car is a true high-tech sports car. The drive 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 at will the throttle response characteristic, the exhaust sound, the level of power assistance for the steering, the cut-in thresholds for the ESP stabilization system, as well as 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.

Story by Ausi

In Detail

engine Inline-4
position Front Longitudinal
displacement 1968 cc / 120.09 in³
power 167 kw / 224 bhp
specific output 113.82 bhp per litre
torque 450 nm / 331.9 ft lbs
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Quattro AWD
front tires 265/30
rear tires 265/30
front brakes Discs w/6-Piston Calipersq
front wheels F 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 22.9 cm / 20 x 9 in
r suspension 4-Link Mulit-Link w/Magnetic Ride Adaptive Damper Control
length 4254 mm / 167.5 in
width 1825 mm / 71.9 in
height 1385 mm / 54.5 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
top speed ~240 kph / 149.04 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.5 seconds