German sedan gets 518 hp five-cylinder powerplant

As the Volkswagen Group prepares for the annual Wörthersee Meeting in Reifnitz, Germany, Audi and the other group brands will surely tease their upcoming wares over the next couple of weeks.

Audi itself seems to be first to bat with their A3 clubsport quattro concept, which looks unlikely to disappoint the masses gathering in Germany.

Starting with an Audi S3, the four-ringed automaker replaces the 3.0-litre TFSI powerplant with a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder unit producing an astronomical 518 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5-litre TFSI is available in the RS Q3.

As the name of the concept states, power is delivered to all four wheels via Audi quattro all-wheel drive seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, giving the concept the ability to sprint to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds on its way to a 309 km/h terminal velocity.

Other modifications include a 10mm lower ride height (versus the S3) along with a fully adjustable coilover suspension. Custom bodywork is coated in Magnetic Blue paint which surrounds the large Singleframe grille up front.

Also on display at Wörthersee will be the 420PS Audi TT quattro sport concept and other Audi models.




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