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Has Audi Just Built A TT That Will Outperform An Audi R8?

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The carmaker managed to squeeze 600 hp from a 2.5-liter engine.

This is the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept. Set to be one of the stars of this month's annual Worthersee Tour tuning festival, the track-tuned concept comes packing a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine delivering a massive 600 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. While that much power from such a low capacity engine may seem inconceivable, Audi insists the cutting-edge technology in the concept is "close to production readiness."

That technology is an electrically-powered compressor, or E-Turbo, which allows for spontaneous response and "powerful sprints from low engine speeds at all times." The hardcore TT concept will sprint to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 192 mph. The E-Turbo also helps the concept cover over 50 feet in the first 2.5 secs of acceleration, which is 20 feet more than a comparable car without the tech. "The electric biturbo signifies a new dimension in driving enjoyment; it boosts sprinting ability and torque and enables high peak power," Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg explains. Don't be surprised to see the technology in the next-gen TT RS.

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To cope with all that added power, the TT comes with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, with the multi-plate clutch mounted in the rear for better weight distribution. A six-speed manual sends power to all four 20-inch twin-spoke alloys, while stopping power comes courtesy of carbon-fiber ceramic brakes. Weighing in at just 1,396 kg, the concept is wider than the regular TT and sports a manually-adjustable rear wing. The black and orange Alcantara-trimmed cabin comes with a protective cage made from ultra-high strength titanium tubes, and race-spec bucket seats. Look out for live shots of this incredible concept from the show, which runs from May 13-16.