Audi has already started work on a new RS 3 Sportback, but the fact that the A3 clubsport quattro concept is a sedan suggests that an RS 3 sedan will eventually be launched as well. Given the popularity of the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, a new RS 3 sedan from Audi seems like a no-brainer.
The A3 clubsport quattro concept features a number of RS clues including air curtains in the front intakes, a mesh grille, pumped fenders, and oval exhaust tips integrated with the rear bumper. However, the biggest clue that this may be an RS 3 preview is the five-cylinder engine, previous versions of which have been fitted to the former TT RS as well as the former RS 3 Sportback and RS Q3 sold overseas.
“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,” Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg said in a statement. “We have pushed the limits in every respect with this show car: power, dynamics, sound, design.”
Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept, 2014 Wörthersee TourEnlarge Photo
The heart of the quattro all-wheel-drive system is a hydraulically activated, multi-plate clutch on the rear axle that has been specially designed for the high torque of the powerful five‑cylinder. Like the engine management system, its electronic controller is integrated into the Audi drive select system which allows the driver to adjust its potency. The suspension of the concept has also been lowered 0.4 of an inch and now includes adjustable coilovers and lighter aluminum components. The concept also wears 21-inch wheels which house massive carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The cabin of the A3 clubsport quattro concept seats four comfortably. Racing seats with high side bolsters await the driver and front passenger. Alcantara, carbon fiber and leather can all be found here. The footrest and pedals are made of stainless steel, black faces and red needles are used in the instrument cluster, and a shift light in the tacho indicates when the 6,900 rpm rev limit is reached.
Joining the A3 clubsport quattro concept on Audi’s stand at this year’s Wörthersee Tour will be the new 2016 TT and TT quattro sport concept as well as the 2015 S3 Cabriolet.