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Audi just unveiled a 600-horsepower TT, and it looks incredible

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Except perhaps in RS trim, Audi's cute little coupe has never really been described as a "beast." But then there's this: the TT Clubsport Turbo Technology Concept Car, which will be shown at next week's Wörthersee Tour — a long-running Volkswagen / Audi get-together in Austria. It's got 600 horsepower and 479 ft-lb. of torque, which doesn't really sound TT-like at all.

In fact, so much bodywork has been added to this particular TT that it almost doesn't look like TT, either. Bulging fenders show shades of Audi's beloved Quattro Concept, and the enormous, louvered front inlets make sure that this won't be mistaken for any other TT — or Audi, for that matter — on the road. The real action is underneath the hood, though: "Turbo Technology" in the car's name refers to the electric turbo compressor that eliminates lag, while regenerative braking feeds into a special battery in the trunk that powers the system.

Audi TT clubsport

Inside, it's carbon and Alcantara everywhere, plus racing harnesses — needless to say, the driver of this car probably isn't going to restrict it to road duty. Unfortunately, it's only a concept, but Audi teases that the underlying technology is "close to production readiness." It's hard to imagine Audi putting this particular TT on the factory line, but perhaps there's a small-displacement blown R8 in our future?