Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro (518 HP) to take on the future BMW M2

Interesting | May 18th, 2014 by 13

Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi will unvei at VW’s annual Wörthersee meeting in Germany a new performance concept. The Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro concept builds atop the …

Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi will unvei at VW’s annual Wörthersee meeting in Germany a new performance concept. The Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro concept builds atop the Audi S3 sedan, and could preview an RS3 model to face off against the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and upcoming BMW M2.

The biggest change from the Audi S3 to the A3 Clubsport Quattro concept is the substitution of the 290-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in favor of Audi’s wild 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine.

The tuned up engine delivers 518 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The same engine is used in the outgoing TT RS and RS Q3.


Thanks to this powerful engine, the concept needs a mere 3.6 seconds for the 0-100 km/h and it will keep on going until it hits a top speed of 310 km/h. The vehicle weighs 1,527 kg and benefits from a quattro all-wheel drive system receiving the engine’s output via an S tronic 7-speed transmission that comes with a launch control system.


The appealing concept is actually based on the S3 Sedan but it has been lowered by 10mm courtesy of a sports suspension while for wheels the Germans opted for a large set of 21-inch alloys wrapped around in 275/25 R21 tires. Stopping power is provided by carbon fiber ceramic discs on all four corners while the Matrix LED technology has been implemented in the headlights.

It remains unknown if the Audi RS3 will still produce 518 horsepower, but the concept shows the capabilities of the 2.5 liter turbo five-cylinder engine.


Compared to the Audi A3 Clubsport, Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG delivers 355 hp from its turbocharged four-cylinder, while the M2 is rumored to receive a 360-380-hp from an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0).

[Source: Quattrodaily]

  • Jeff

    Mercedes is from Stuttgart, BMW is from Munich and Audi is from Ingolstadt. Huge faux pas!

    • Horatiu B.

      Sorry, late in the night. You’re right!

  • Zirpl

    The Wörthersee is not in Germany, it is in Austria.

  • Juan Manuel Martinez

    That’s an specific output of almost 210hp per Lt, incredible, if it does make it to production that kind of power might put it in M5 territory.

    However I highly doubt it, seems to crazy, about 400hp seems more rational por an RS3 and more in line to compete with an M2, besides, some rumors say that the 5 cylinder engine is bound to end it’s life cycle, and VW already confirmed a Golf with a 400hp 2liter 4 cylinder engine.

  • Roland Renno

    In concept form, the vehicle is a crazy car, competing with the likes of Ferrari 458 Italia, not M2 or M3. But I highly doubt it will take production form.

  • Anthony Wes

    The concept is based on the S3 sedan, but swaps out its 2.0-liter
    turbo four for a retuned version of Audi’s sweet 2.5-liter turbocharged
    inline-five, retuned to produce a massive 525 horsepower and 442
    pound-feet of torque. But its noting like to BMW M5 i Just Recntally
    Purched one from The BMW Greensboro dealership in NC.

  • jason bourne

    Audi needs to wise up and lose that hideous oversized front grille that looks like something from a bottom-feeding fish.

  • eHerkules
  • Guest

    $ 63000
    Horsepower @ RPM:
    Torque @ RPM:
    442 @ 2300
    2.5 L
    0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
    Top Speed:
    192 mph

    More info :

  • D.P.

    62 miles per hour
    in a scant 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 190 mph. With
    that kind of performance on tap, it’s a good thing Audi has
    also returned the suspension and packed carbon-ceramic brakes inside its
    21-inch wheels.
    More info :

  • dendrobates

    the tailpipes on the audi are a bit much.


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