At first I wasn't sold on the looks of the 2015 Audi TT. But the more I look at it, the more I learn to like it. You know what else I like about it? That Audi just debuted a successor to the mighty Audi TT-RS with a whopping 420 horsepower. This is the Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept.
The most amazing thing about this car is where those 420 horses come from: a humble 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder, the EA888 used in the new Audi S3, Volkswagen Golf R and other models.
Audi says it's a new benchmark in the four-cylinder category, one with 210 horsepower per liter, a superior ratio to even Audi's Le Mans-winning 2001 R18 race car. No, it's not the wonderful old five-cylinder from the TT-RS, but it's probably better in the end.
Should they actually build it — or at least build its engine — it may trump the Mercedes CLA45 AMG's motor as the most powerful production four-banger on earth.
Also, it looks beautifully aggressive. I love those huge wheels, the rear spoiler, and the very blatant display of its horsepower figure on the side so as to leave no doubt that it's awesome.
Is it fast? Giiiiiiirrrrrrl, you better believe it's fast. Audi says that since it only weighs 2,963 pounds, it will do zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. That's about as fast as a Corvette Stingray from just four cylinders. Damn.
And of course, as is to be expected from Audi, there's permanent quattro all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch gearbox. While it's just a concept at the moment, Audi says it's a hardcore machine, "designed for racing – an extreme driving machine for the motorsports enthusiasts among our customers."
Sweet, sign us up.