Earlier today, Audi took the covers off a special car at this year's Worthersee event in Austria.
Dubbed the A1 clubsport quattro, it's a 500hp AWD hot hatch monster.
Although Audi have stated there are no plans to produce the A1 clubsport quattro, it's remarkably complete for a concept car. Beneath the hood is a turbocharged 2.5l 5 cylinder motor producing 500bhp and 487ft-lb of torque.
The clubsport quattro weighs 1390kg yet it's capable of completing 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
To put the power to the ground, this A1 has been fitted with the 6-speed transmission and quattro AWD system from the Audi TT RS.
Jeroen was given some private time to shoot this one-off creation, which has some amazingly detailed touches, like the relocated fuel filler.
The A1 clubsport quattro is all about performance, and the interior styling gives the clearest indication of this. Here you'll spot the carbon fibre door cards along with straps to replace the door and glove compartment handles.
The centre console is also filled with gauges rather than a fancy aftermarket head unit.
I'm loving the contrasting tachometer!
Literally everywhere you look there's exposed carbon weave.
The A1 has been converted into a two seater, and behind the driver's seat you'll see a glimpse of the dry carbon trim that replaces the rear seats.
A flocked dash reduces windscreen glare, and the vents benefit from some carbon trim.
The rear seat delete panel extends into the trunk. Take note of the straps to hold your helmets in place and the brace between the B and C pillars.
The A1 is also fitted with a side exhaust that exits before the rear axle.
The one-off 19-inch wheels were influenced by the design of a turbine, and the little hatch has a large footprint thanks to 255/30 rubber. That glimpse of red you see behind the wheel vanes are 6-piston calipers.
The clubsport quattro's body has been painted in a clinical satin Glacier White.
Before the paint was applied, extensive modifications were done to the body. Although it looks subtle, the wide-body has increased the A1's width by 60mm on each side.
The rear quarter panel is moulded with the skirting, with a thin carbon lip beneath.
This photo gives you a good sense of the new body lines that Audi have incorporated into this concept car. You'll also spot the louvres in the hood.
New aluminum handles have also been added…
…Along with a rear diffuser – in carbon of course.
A red 'leaf' accent has also been incorporated into the headlights.
And yes, there's even more carbon.
Along with a carbon roof, Audi has fitted a two-tier rear wing to increase downforce.
Early in the car's conception, Audi partnered up with Need for Speed World to give players the opportunity to experience the A1 clubsport quattro in the game.
Check out the link here for more info on how to test drive it in NFS World for free.
So what are your thoughts on Audi's latest concept creation?
- Charles Kha
Photos by Jeroen Willemsen