Anyone who equates small cars with underpowered econoboxes better take a deep breath before checking out the Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro.
Though technically a concept vehicle, the subcompact muscle car unveiled at Audi’s annual gathering in Worthersee could very well – many will hope – be a sign of things to come.
The show car starts out as a conventional Audi A1, the Volkswagen subsidiaries smallest offering. But there most resemblances end. For one thing, the Clubsport gets the signature Audi all-wheel-drive system, Quattro, which is not currently offered in the A1 line. That’s only the beginning.
The pint-sized fury 2.5-liter turbo inline-five goes through what might be called “extensive tuning.” By the time the maker’s gearheads finished up, they were able to squeeze a screaming 500 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque out of the little package, a jaw-dropping 200 hp/liter, a specific output that would be the pride of many a race team. Power is directed through a 6-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels.