In order to explore the effects of the initial temperature on the clutch hot judder, the thermodynamic analysis was conducted during the clutch engagement process. The finite element analysis was adopted to explore the contact pressure based on the consideration of the concentrated reactive force on the circlip. A 4-degree-of-freedom torsional vibration model was established to evaluate the hot judder behavior. The results demonstrated that the closer the surface was to the circlip, the greater the friction torque generated on friction surfaces was. Moreover, the higher the initial temperature was, the shriller the clutch hot judder was. The increased initial temperature not only resulted in the increase in the maximum surface temperature, but also could make the clutch engagement much shorter.