Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro

The 2010 Wörthersee Tour in Austria marked the Audi A1's entrance into the world of show cars. The Four-Ringed luxury automaker introduced seven different versions of the concept, in total. This year, Audi will be unveiling but one new concept at the Austrian tour. However, in the spirit of less is more, it will effectively blow away nearly every one of its predecessors.

Audi enthusiasts, drivers and aficionados...say "hello" to the A1 Clubsport Quattro. Fitted with a monstrous 2.5-liter, five-cylinder TFSI engine and six-speed manual transmission, it offers 503 unbroken ponies of power and 486.79 lb.-ft. of torque. Translate this into speed and you get a zero-to-62 mph acceleration time of just 3.7 seconds, a zero-to-124 mph acceleration time of just 10.9 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 155.34 mph.

Similar to the Golden Globes, it's critical for cars to premier at Wörthersee, "wearing" something no other car will. As such Audi has dressed the A1 Clubsport Quattro in  matte Glacier White and a contrasting high-gloss Black carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer roof (CFRP).

To top off the look, Audi has accessorized the speed daemon with aggressive detailing, including: large, split air intakes with carbon struts; contemporary front skirt; single-frame black honeycomb radiator grille; headlights defined by matte-finish clasps and a red "wing"; a rear roof spoiler; and 255/30/R19 low-profile tires hugging beautiful 19" alloy wheels.

Inside, the rear seat is replaced with a body-stiffening crossbar with enough room to store a couple of helmets, but not much more. Keeping with its lithe and starkly attractive theme, the interior also gets a healthy dose of exposed matte-finish CFRP.

Unfortunately, all of this is merely a tease. The Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro configured with Quattro-permanent all-wheel drive is merely a show car. The German automaker has no plans to take it to production, at this time. For now, we'll have to satisfy our curiosity simply by driving it vicariously through available photos and videos. And, drivers abroad can, of course, still scoop up a standard A1 from £13,145 ($21,693) to £18,280 ($30,152).

What about drivers in the U.S.? You have a whole suite of Audis available to you. For example, at Audi South Burlington, you can choose from the Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi Q5, all-new Audi Q7, Audi TT, Audi R8, and Audi S Models.

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