As you can see from the images, it takes a regular production TT Roadster, and remixes it with classic Porsche Speedster design cues, but with an altogether more modern interpretation.
Although it’s referred to as only a ‘study’, Audi is making noises about the possibility of a very limited production run later this year. Expect the Clubsport to also point the way to a more powerful version of the standard car – dubbed TT S.
Of course, there’s the chopped down screen, roll hoops and fairings in classic speedster style. But there’re also some subtle changes to the front that might be more applicable to future production cars. The Clubsport gains the menacing LED daytime running lights as fitted to the S6, and the huge grille is filled with aluminium inserts – highlighting it even more. The four rings of Audi have been moved from their usual home in the grille to the top of the bonnet.
There are no exterior door handles, smaller mirrors, and a shade of Daytona grey usually reserved for the RS4 and S8 models. Audi has finely detailed the under-bonnet area, and removed the engine cover so you can see appreciate their work. A/C has hit the skip floor, and Audi is proud of the new strut brace that also contains the coolant expansion tank.
Thankfully, the Clubsport is more than just a designer play thing. It uses the two litre direct injection turbo engine from the Audi S3, and builds upon the already strengthened specification of that engine (over the regular Golf GTi/ A3 Turbo) with a modified air intake, racing air filter and a sports exhaust. The result is over 300bhp and the promise of some purposeful sound effects.
The Clubsport is fitted with the S-tronic transmission (once known as DSG) with the gear lever and surround lifted from the Audi R8 supercar.
The swollen wheel arches accommodate a wider track (by 80mm) and 20” alloy wheels with 265/30 R20 tyres. Ceramic discs provide plenty of stopping power, and orange callipers look, well, that’s a personal viewpoint…
This concept may well split opinion, but there’s no doubter the appeal of a wide-arch TT coupe with over 300bhp. Roll on the ‘S’ model…