We first saw the Audi TT Clubsport Quattro — a spectacular take on the bubble-topped drop-top Audi TT — about a year ago this month. We knew shortly after we saw the concept the Clubsport Quattro would make it to production and the showroom floor. Now, one year later, the quick-like-a-bunny spy shooters at KGP have caught the Clubsport Quattro as it's gone from concept to production prototype. The prototype displays some key changes from the concept seen way-back-when, like bigger, longer and more uncut A-pillars, a windshield that's sitting a wee-bit taller, larger side-view mirrors and that all-important additional brake light for governmental regulation satisfaction. Oh, and let's not forget those door handles straight from the Audi TT. Remember those off the concept? Of course you don't — the concept lacked such silliness as a means of entering the two-door 'vert. And what about the engine? No clue yet, however the Clubsport concept was powered by an engine derived from the Audi S3, producing 300 horsepower. Whether that engine will be used in this production spin-off is not yet clear. We also don't know what the model year will end up being, but whether 2010 or 2011, we're looking forward to this very imaginative re-imagination of Audi's cute little TT. Full spy report from KGP after the jump.
We just caught the production version of the Audi TT Clubsport Quattro, first seen in concept form at the Essen Motor Show last November. This prototype displays some important changes from the concept that point to clear production intent, like thicker A-pillars, a slightly taller windshield, larger side mirrors, and an additional brake light to satisfy governmental regulations. The prototype caught here also has standard TT door handles, while the concept went without such practicalities.
The Clubsport concept was powered by an engine derived from the Audi S3, producing 300 horspower. Whether that engine will be used in this production spin-off is not yet clear.
This sexiest of TTs obviously harkens back to Porsche's 911 Speedster. Audi's bold move to advance the concept to this production-ready stage is yet another example of Ingolstadt's determination to surpass BMW and Mercedes in terms of luxury cache.