Of all the Audi-related things to see at this year’s SEMA Show, the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept was by far and away the best. Not only did it look epic and have gobs of power, but it payed homage to one of Audi’s greatest race cars of all time — the Audi 90 IMSA GTO.
Made to honor that aforementioned race car, the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo has the same sort of massive fender flares, huge gaping mouth and giant fixed wing. It looks every bit as extreme as the Audi 90 IMSA GTO. And it looks fantastic.
We love that the wing is about the same size as a Boeing 757’s, we love how the body work is so much wider than the actual car’s and we love how all of the air intakes look functional and aggressive. Even if we didn’t tell you that the TT Clubsport Turbo was built in homage to the 90 IMSA GTO, it would be quite clear. Audi has done a great job paying tribute to original.
What’s even better is what lies under the hood. The same 2.5 liter, all-aluminum, turbocharged cylinder engine as the standard TT RS remains, though it’s been revised. Not only has it been given an engine tune but it’s also been given an EPC (Electrically-Powered Compressor). An EPC is, for lack of a better term, an electric turbocharger that adds small amounts of boost at zero rpm, thus reducing turbo-lag. Altogether, the new turbo five-pot makes 600 hp.
According to Audi, the TT Clubsport Turbo Concept is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. We think it will be faster than that, though, considering the standard TT RS can do the same sprint in 3.7 and the Clubsport has 200 hp more while also weighing less. Throw in less turbo-lag, thanks to its EPC and even stickier tires, it could threaten breaking the three second mark.
More importantly, it looks incredible and, thankfully, we were there to bring you live photos of the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept.