Celebrating the Audi TT Coupé
Meet the Audi TT RS Coupé iconic edition
Limited to only 100 units in Europe, the exclusive and high-performance Audi TT RS Coupé iconic edition celebrates the success of The Audi TT Coupé. Since its premiere in 1998, this sports car has been an inspiration to the world, offering pure driving pleasure, clean lines and timeless design language. The RS version excites with its special five-cylinder performance and a sound that leaves you stunned. The limited-edition model combines these emotional characteristics, accentuating them with sporty design features, both in the exterior and the interior.
“The edition model is reminiscent of the iconic TT design language, which at the same time stands for courage and elegance in uncompromising form. Thanks to the exclusive exterior and interior highlights, the much-loved performance of our ultimate sports coupé, with its multiple award-winning five-cylinder engine, is not only palpable, but also visible to fans.” says Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH.
The special edition Audi TT RS Coupé iconic edition confidently meets the high expectations set by its aesthetics. The RS-specific Nardo Grey finish, sets the perfect tone for the athletic demands, with the elegant shade of grey being named after the famous Italian race track, Pista di Nardó, where Audi RS models also rack up their first test kilometres.
History of the TT Coupé
In the fall of 1995, Audi presented the Audi TT Coupé as a sports car study at the IAA in Frankfurt. Almost symmetrical, the Audi TT consistently followed a design principle based on geometric, circular shapes. Three years later, almost unchanged, the coupé went into production. One year later, Audi went on to launch the TT Roadster and in its second model generation, the Coupé was enhanced with an S and RS variant.
“The TT was inspired by the Bauhaus and its universal design philosophy of 'less is more,’” says Head of Audi Design Marc Lichte. “The maximum reduction – the omission of everything unnecessary and insignificant – was so radical and so courageous that the TT, in its simplicity, quickly achieved the highest attribute of good design: to be timeless. Once you’ve achieved that, you’re beyond trends and yet you’re never out of fashion – simply because good style doesn’t wear out.”
The typical lines of the 1998 coupé can still be found in the current TT RS Coupé iconic edition. The typical tube and cylinder shapes, which blend into the interior of the instrument design, can also be found in the current Audi TT RS Coupé iconic edition. Examples of these being the standard fuel tank cap, round ventilation outlets, shift gate edging, and the striking gear knob.
The glossy black grille with the matte black single-frame works to emphasize the Quattro lettering, further enhancing the stylish feel of the RS model. The RS model wears the inlay in the side skirt in a luxurious glossy black and the edition-specific 20-inch glossy black alloy wheels with matching brake calipers continue the sophisticated design language. Completing the striking look are the partially frosted rear triangular windows with the exclusive “iconic edition” lettering.
The dark colour scheme of the exterior remains consistent throughout the interior.The RS sports seats are two-tone with fine Nappa side panels in jet grey and centre panels in black Alcantara, along with honeycomb stitching in calendula yellow. The exclusive “iconic edition” embroidery is embedded in black Alcantara at shoulder height and the black floor mats are finished with RS embroidery in calendula yellow. In addition, a numbered badge makes each of the 100 vehicles in this special edition unique.
The TT RS Coupé iconic edition houses Audi Sport’s 2.5 TFSI engine with 400 HP and maximum torque of 480 Nm. Countless motorsports victories and strong day-to-day performance have earned the five-cylinder engine the “International Engine of the Year Award”, nine consecutive times since 2010.
The Audi TT RS Coupé iconic edition reaches a top speed of 280 km/h (173.9 mph). This compact sports car sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. The engine provides a highly emotional driving experience, with its typical 1-2-4-5-3 firing order and the accompanying throaty sound. Because of the firing order, adjacent and non-adjacent cylinders fire alternately, producing a very specific rhythm and character.