Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro

Build it and they will buy it.

Every once in a while a car comes along that makes enthusiasts question the decision to buy a BMW M3 or go a different route. The Mercedes C63 AMG has always been an enticing option with one of the truly great motors ever produced. Audi has also risen to the occasion in the past with the RS4. Neither were quite in the same league as the M3 in terms of offering the total package, but they got close.

The Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro however may get more than a few to switch allegiances. If they can be bothered to put it into production.

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If in fact you have an Internet connection and the most fleeting of interests in cars, you already know the specs: 2.5L 5-cylinder engine capable of 525 horsepower.

It puts the car right in the crosshairs of the upcoming M3 or M4, if you’re into BMW’s bizarro naming conventions.

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The A3 Clubsport Quattro is set to debut as a concept at this year’s Wörthersee, a uniquely Austrian cruise/meet/show that brings out some of the best modified cars in Europe. It’s a place where VW have long shown special skunk works style projects.

Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept

The Audi looks absolutely stunning from every angle but take it in with a grain of salt. Auto manufacturers love teasing enthusiasts with these kinds of concepts. It wouldn’t be the first time Audi has tried to rebrand the original Quattro name on something too good to be true.

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Audi A3 clubsport quattro concept

What this car really is, is a glimpse of the upcoming RS3 and if it looks and performs anything as good as this, the M3 will most certainly have a new rival on its hands.

Photos courtesy of Audi.

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