Wörthersee Tour 2011: Audi reveals the 503 hp A1 Clubsport Quattro

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2011

Audi revealed today the impressive A1 Clubsport Quattro, the most extreme version ever seen of its smallest car. The new A1 Clubsport Quattro is powered by the 2.5-liter engine found also on the TT RS and the RS 3 Sportback and delivers an impressive 370 kW (503 hp) and 660 Nm (486.79 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine can push the vehicle, which has a total weight of 1,390 kilograms (3,064 lb), from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7seconds. Moreover, the car sprints to 200 km/h 124.27 mph) in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

The car also goes from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in fourth gear in just 2.4 seconds. As expected, the A1 Clubsport Quattro features quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Audi says that the car features 19-inch wheels with a unique turbine design, and behind these wheels we find the large, internally ventilated disc brakes. Up front, six-piston calipers grab perforated carbon fiber-ceramic discs.

Large steel discs are mounted on the rear axle. Regarding the design, the A1 Clubsport Quattro features a roof arch in high-gloss black which supports a roof made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), new front and rear bumpers and a new exhaust system found on both sides of the car.

Inside, we see the lack of the rear seat, as well as storage for racing helmets and a weight-optimized starter battery used in racing. Moreover, Audi didn’t installed an an infotainment system, an MMI monitor or even a loudspeaker.

Exterior Design

The Audi Clubsport Quattro grabs attention with its sportive appearance and exceptional finish. The body is painted in matt Glacier white embellished by multiple add-on rally-inspired details. The carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) roof is held securely aloft by glossy black supports. The four front Audi rings are made of solid aluminium.

The car’s front skirt now blends more with the body and incorporates large carbon-slatted intakes. A black honeycomb pattern is seen in the framed radiator grille. The bonnet features air outlets near the sides for cooling off the engine. The lower parts of the headlamps are lit by a red streak over white clasps.

Compared with the standard A1 Quattro, the Clubsport version is 60 mm (2.36 in) wider because of the deeper front fenders, doors and rear side panels. Their edges form a blister shape, comparable to that of the Audi Ur-Quattro. The fenders feature air outlets on the rear ends, with modified CFRP trim strips on its slats. The streamlined wing mirrors resemble those on the Audi R8 super sports car.

A double-wing roof spoiler highlights the rear view of the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro, and supplies ample downforce. The dark red-toned tail lights and closed diffuser complete the look of the car’s back.

This one-off car is basically a race-track customised road car, hence the replacement of the rear seats with a large crossbar to provide added sturdiness as well as a storage space for racing equipment such as helmets. The lighter starter battery, same as those for actual racing, is placed under the two rear storage compartments.

With a design sternly focused on racing performance, it comes with the standard infotainment system, loudspeaker and MMI monitor. The driver and passenger seats are lightweight bucket seats with a carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer chassis, which is also seen on the Audi R8 GT. Four-point red seatbelts provide safety.

Interior Design

The Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro’s interior features a monochromatic palette of black and dark grey. Visible matt-finished CFRP is extensively used, including on the rear area walls, air vent tubes and the lower centre console area.

The open-spoked racing steering wheel is also made of CFRP, but has a leather cover. The standard control stalk and door panel switches have been removed in favour of centre console rocker switches. Additional indicators for electrical system voltage, oil pressure and boost pressure are also present.

High-grade tone-on-tone stitched leather is used for the seats and centre console. Aluminium is used for the gear lever and stainless steel is for the pedal caps and footrest. Standard handles on the doors, glove compartment and storage space covers have all been swapped with red loop handles.


It immediately turns heads and leaves spectators in awe of its fresh, glossy paint and striking design as it makes its way for its debut on the race track. The Audi A1 Clubsport is a one-off exhibition car designed with leading-edge technology for astounding performance. The car is being exhibited at the 30th Wörtherseetour in Reifnitz, in Kärnten, Austria -- the major assembly for Audi, VW, Skoda and Seat enthusiasts, from June 1 - 4, 2011.

The powerhouse of the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro is a five-cylinder direct fuel-injecting 2.5 litre turbocharged classic Audi gasoline engine. This is a much more powerful version of the same engine used in the RS3 Sportback, from which it was derived, as well as the Audi TT RS. The TFSI output is much greater at 370 kW (503hp) and 660 Nm (486.79 lb-ft.) of torque. Maximum power can be obtained at rpms ranging from 2,500 to 5,300.

Vital parts including the turbocharger, intercooler, intake tract and the exhaust system line have been optimised to enable the best possible performance. The exhaust outlet is placed right before the left rear wheel, just like on the Audi A4 DTM.

The Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro also has a remarkably low relative weight of 1,390 kilograms (3,064 lb). Performance-wise, the car is able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds and 0-200 km/h (124.27 mph) in 10.9 seconds. When driving in fourth gear, the car increases speed from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in only 2.4 seconds.

The car’s Quattro permanent 4-wheel drive works with the six-speed manual transmission system to provide power to the four wheels. Both systems are improved versions adapted from the TT RS; hence the car’s superior performance is marked by a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

The Clubsport Quattro’s tyres are low-profile 255/30s fitted on distinctive 19-inch turbine-patterned alloy wheels. The big, internally ventilated disc brakes are set behind each wheel. The perforated front disc brakes are made of ceramic/carbon fibre and are clamped on by six-piston callipers. The rear axle has large steel discs mounted. The car’s suspension system is an adjustable compression coil over system with rebound damping.

Press Release

Audi A1 clubsport quattro

It gives the impression of having just emerged from the shop, freshly painted, on its way to the first rollout on the race track. The Audi A1 clubsport quattro is a one-off vehicle built to the limits of technology for breathtaking dynamics. Audi is presenting the showcar in Reifnitz, in the Austrian state of Kärnten, at the Wörtherseetour 2011. The 30th edition of this major meeting for Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW fans takes place from June 1 - 4, 2011.

The heart of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro is a classic Audi gasoline engine - a five-cylinder unit displacing 2.5 liters with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. Compared with the version used in the Audi TT RS and RS3 Sportback on which it is based, the output of the TFSI has been increased dramatically to 370 kW (503 hp) and 660 Nm (486.79 lb-ft) of torque. Maximum power is available between 2,500 and 5,300 rpm.

The turbocharger, intercooler, admission tract and the exhaust line have been systematically tuned for high performance. As on the Audi A4 DTM, the tailpipe is located on the left flank, just in front of the rear wheel.

Another area where the Audi A1 clubsport quattro shines is its overall weight of just 1,390 kilograms (3,064 lb). The powerful engine catapults the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h (124.27 mph) takes just 10.9 seconds, while the car goes from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in fourth gear in just 2.4 seconds.

A six-speed manual transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, both taken from the TT RS and enhanced, deliver the power to all four wheels. Top speed is governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

The Audi showcar rolls on 255/30 low-profile tires mounted on 19-inch alloy wheels with a unique turbine design. Sitting behind the wheels are large, internally ventilated disc brakes. Up front, six-piston calipers grab perforated carbon fiber-ceramic discs. Large steel discs are mounted on the rear axle. The coilover suspension of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro features adjustable compression and rebound damping.

Dynamic and brawny: the exterior

Sporting a very dynamic appearance and an exquisite finish, the showcar makes no secret of its potential. The body has a Glacier White matt paint finish, with accents provided by many add-on parts. The roof arch in high-gloss black supports a roof made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and the four rings at the front of the car are solid aluminum.

Large, split air intakes with carbon struts are integrated into the distinctively modified front skirt. The single-frame radiator grille sports a black honeycomb design, and the headlights feature matted clasps with a red "wing." Heat from the engine compartment is dissipated via two large air outlets in the hood.

The front fenders, the doors and the rear side panels of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro have been widened by a total of 60 millimeters (2.36 in). They form horizontal "blister" edges, like those found on the Audi Ur-quattro. Air outlets are integrated into the rear ends of the fenders, and the newly designed trim strips on the sills are made of exposed CFRP. Sleek side mirrors are reminiscent of the Audi R8 high-performance sports car.

The rear of the showcar is dominated by the roof spoiler, which features a double wing to provide for sufficient downforce. Darkly toned rear lights and a large, closed diffuser hone the rear view of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro.

Designed as a road vehicle for the race track, the showcar has no rear seat. In its place are a large crossbar to further stiffen the body and storage for racing helmets. A weight-optimized starter battery used in racing is mounted in the rear below the two storage compartments. The strict high-performance concept left no room for an infotainment system, an MMI monitor or even a loudspeaker. The lightweight bucket seats are taken from the Audi R8 GT and feature a chassis made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. Red four-point belts secure the driver and passenger.

The interior of the showcar is a study in dark gray. Large areas are covered with exposed, matt-finished CFRP, including the walls in the rear section of the car, the tubes of the air vents and the "stern of the yacht" in the lower section of the center console. The CFRP material used on the open-spoked sport steering wheel is covered with leather. Rocker switches on the center console replace switches on the control stalk and in the door panels. Three additional instruments indicate the oil pressure, boost pressure and electrical system voltage.

The center console and the seats are covered in fine leather upholstery with tone-on-tone stitching. The selector lever is made of aluminum; the caps of the pedals and the surface of the footrest are made of stainless steel. Red loops replace the handles on the doors, the glove box and the covers of the storage compartments.

The Audi stand at Wörthersee

Joining the A1 clubsport quattro on the Audi stand at the GTI meet are 17 production vehicles from the current Audi model lineup. Among the vehicles that the brand is presenting to its fans at the Wörthersee is the new Audi Q3. The public can also take a close look at the Audi TT RS in Ibis White and an RS3 Sportback in Misano Red. Another model is the new Audi A6, which is on display next to an A7 Sportback in Misano Red.

Fans and guests making the trip to the Wörthersee from June 1-4, 2011 have the opportunity to present their tuned Audi in a worthy manner by driving it past the Audi stage at the company's Wörthersee stand.

New accessories for production models

Many of the features of the Audi A1 clubsport quattro will soon show up in the accessories program for the A1 family, which Audi is steadily expanding. Adhesive film decals in the contrasting colors Amalfi White, Ice Silver, metallic and Daytona Gray, pearl effect for the vehicles' shoulders are available immediately.

Another option is the union square lifestyle kit. It comprises exterior decals and design elements for the interior, both with a diamond pattern. Audi is presenting both this and the A1 aerodynamics competition kit at the Wörtherseetour. The customer can order this add-on kit painted either in the body color or in a contrasting color. The same applies to the Audi A1 roof spoiler competition kit.

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