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.