The Wörthersee meet in Reifnitz, Austria is a popular gathering for Volkswagen Auto Group (VAG) enthusiasts. Now two-decades strong, this meet by a charming lakeside village often brings the factory folks peddling their wares for you and me to see. If you’re in that part of the world from May 28-31, you may be able to check out the Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept.
This concept should give Audi fans a preview of the RS3 will be like. Here in the States the A3 is starting to appear on our roads, so even the S3 would be fantastic to American enthusiasts, but the RS3 would be a whole other animal. Instead of the venerable 2.0L turbo-four, the Clubsport Quattro Concept receives a five-cylinder TFSI producing 525 horsepower.
“The Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept shows our car and tuning fans at the Wörthersee just how much sporty potential there is in the A3 family and in our top‑of‑the‑line engines such as the 2.5 TFSI. We have pushed the limits in every respect with this show car: power, dynamics, sound, design,” says Audi’s Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg.
Weighing in at 3,366 pounds, the Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 192.6 mph. Shifting chores are handled by a seven‑speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. As to be expected in a car of this caliber, a driver can allow the transmission to work fully automatically in modes D and S or choose to change gears manually using the paddles on the steering wheel or the shift lever. Launch control controls starts with maximum power and manageable wheel slip.
Aluminum components in the front McPherson suspension reduce the weight of the unsprung masses. The four‑link rear suspension is capable of processing longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The steering rack of the progressive steering system means the steering ratio becomes more direct with increasing steering input; steering boost also decreases as speed increases.
Keep up with Motrolix for more news on this possible RS3 when it happens.