Prices for the all-new Audi TT RS start from £52,100 (OTR) for the Coupe and £53,850 (OTR) for the Roadster. The models are now open for ordering. Its renowned five-cylinder engine is lighter and more powerful than ever, delivering 400PS and 480Nm of torque. The powerful new engine, seven-speed S tronic gearbox and quattro drivetrain enable the car to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds (3.9 seconds Roadster) and to a top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with optional packages).
The TTRS has a high level of specification as standard and includes features for which Audi Sport is renowned:
Racing car inspiration
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver. All information is displayed as standard on the digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tyre pressure, torque and g force.
For the first time in the RS portfolio, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two operating satellite buttons for turning the engine on and off, as well as the Audi drive select driving dynamics system,in addition to multifunction buttons. The driver can influence the exhaust flap control using the sound button on the centre console.
Voted ‘Engine of the Year’ six times in a row, the 2.5 TFSI engine is now lighter than ever before, has reduced internal friction and increased power delivery.These improvements increase the engine’s performance by 17 per cent, while its capacity remains unchanged at 2,480cc.
It is more powerful too, producing 400PS with a maximum torque of 480 Nm between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. This ensures fantastic pulling power, which accompanies its unmistakable growling sound. The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, the Roadster in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of up to 174mph.
Matrix OLED Headlights
For the first time in a production Audi, Matrix OLED (organic light emitting diode) rear lights will be offered on the new TT RS. These emit an extremely homogeneous, high-contrast light. The light can be continuously dimmed, it does not cast any shadows and does not require any reflectors – this makes the OLEDs efficient, light and visually impressive.
Each rear light contains four wafer-thin units which become smaller from the inside out. The biggest bears the TT logo and the four Audi rings. The TT RS has LED rear lights and LED headlights as standard. Alternatively, the latter are available as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.
Pure dynamics: the chassis
In addition to its light weight, the TT RS has its taut chassis to thank for its outstanding handling. The new TT RS turns into corners with great balance and poise, and tackles them in a controlled and relaxed manner. Targeted spring and damper modifications make the chassis, with four-link rear suspension making it even more dynamic and precise. The damping characteristics can be changed electronically using Audi drive select with the optional RS sport suspension plus with Audi magnetic ride.
The braking system in the new TT RS also packs a real punch. The internally ventilated, perforated steel discs on the front axle are 370 millimetres in diameter. The eight-piston brake calipers with the RS logos are painted black (or optionally red). Alternatively, the front brake discs are available in carbon-fibre ceramic. They are particularly abrasion-resistant and light. In this case, the brake calipers are painted grey.
S tronic and quattro drive
The driver can take control of the seven-speed S tronic transmission using the selector lever or the standard shift paddles on the sport leather steering wheel. A launch control system can also be used to initiate maximum acceleration with minimum tyre slip.
The multi-plate clutch in the quattro all-wheel drive system distributes the power freely between the axles for incisive, high-grip handling. The wheel-selective torque control also works in favour of agility. Using the Audi drive select system, the driver can influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic shift points, engine characteristics and exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this are: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
Standout features include:
◉ Fixed rear wing (alternatively, the Coupé and the Roadster
can be ordered with an automatically extending spoiler)
◉ Large air inlets
◉ Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille
and quattro logo
◉ Aerodynamically-shaped side sills emphasise the dynamic
◉ Strongly profiled diffuser insert with four vertical fins
◉ Two elliptical tailpipes of the RS exhaust system
There is a choice of nine colours for both models, including the RS-specific tones of Nardo grey and Catalunya red metallic. Numerous customised paint finishes are also available through the Audi exclusive package. The optional matt aluminium and gloss black styling packages set accents on the Singleframe, on the blade, on the RS rear wing, and on the diffuser insert.