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Hear Audi’s 592bhp TT Clubsport scream
Last week, we showed you Audi’s headline act for this year’s Wörthersee VW fan fest: the deranged 592bhp TT Clubsport. But now we have an aural update, with footage of the super-TT’s five-cylinder letting rip. And it sounds good.
The Clubsport, to remind you, is a one-off Huracan-baiting TT inspired by the most sofa-chewing car Audi’s ever produced: the wide-bodied ‘B3’90 from the flame-spitting IMSA ‘GTO’ championship.
Under the bonnet is the same 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine from the RS3 and RS Q3, but boosted - thanks to a human-head-sized turbo - to nearly 600bhp, north even of last year’s mad A3 Clubsport Quattro.
It’s a trick turbocharger, too. Using a 48-volt electrical sub-system in the boot, the blower is electronically spooled to minimise lag. So even with a manual ‘box, 0-62mph takes just 3.6 seconds and the top end is a bottom-clenching 193mph.
As you’ll find out from the video above - provided you can fight your way through the grating Euro-pop soundtrack at the beginning - it also sounds as good as it looks. No mean feat, considering those ankle-singeing side pipes, titanium roll cage and massive, manually-adjustable rear wing.
With an obviously turbocharged note, the bonkers Clubsport is positively raspy at low revs. But when the throttle is buried, it ramps up into a furious air-sucking swarm that sounds like the good ol’ days of Need for Speed.
So take yourself to a quiet place, turn your internet-enabled device up to eleven and hit play.