Preview: Audi TT RS
The sound and the shape are instantly recognizable: an iconic profile and the inimitable rumble of a five-cylinder. The performance is tremendous, with 400 hp and inexhaustible traction thanks to quattro all-wheel drive. As the sporty spearhead of the TT series, the new TT RS is the latest model in the Audi Sport family.
The new aluminum five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp, which is 60 hp more than its predecessor. Together with the quattro drive, it ensures sporty driving pleasure with maximum traction. This special engine, which a jury of international motor journalists voted “Engine of the Year” six times in a row, has further evolved, with lightweight construction measures, reduced internal friction and increased power delivery. Maximum torque of 354 lb-ft is available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm, ensuring fantastic pulling power, which accompanies the unmistakable sound. The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, the Roadster in 3.9 seconds. Audi regulates the top speed at 250 km/h, or 280 km/h upon request.
The forces of the 2.5 TFSI engine flow via a seven-speed S tronic, which shifts at lightning speed, to quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its multi-plate clutch distributes the power freely between the axles. This provides strong grip and immense driving pleasure. The wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. Using the Audi drive select system, the driver can influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps.
In addition to its light weight, the Audi TT RS has its sporty chassis to thank for its outstanding handling. The direct steering provides close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive challenging winding stretches. At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the 19-inch wheels – or 20-inch forged lightweight wheels as an option. Alternatively, lighter and particularly abrasion-resistant carbon-ceramic discs are available. At the back, a steel monoblock disc is used. As an option, Audi supplies RS sport suspension plus adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology. In this case, the damping characteristics can be influenced electronically. The control technology is integrated into the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select.
Large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes mark out the TT RS Coupé and the TT RS Roadster as models of concentrated power. Along the flanks, aerodynamically-shaped side sills emphasize the dynamic design. Both models measure 4.19 m in length, 1.83 m in width and 1.34 m in height.
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver. All information is displayed as standard on the fully 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 tire pressure, torque, and g‑force. The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver that the engine speed limit has been reached. 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 driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select, in addition to multifunction buttons. This means that the driver’s hands stay on the wheel at all times.
Audi also offers a huge amount of high-end infotainment technology. Options include MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural voice control, as well as the Audi connect online module with Wi-Fi hotspot. Using Audi phone box, compatible cell phones can be charged inductively and paired with the onboard antennae for optimal reception. The new Audi smartphone interface technology displays selected apps from the cell phone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Bang & Olufsen sound system is a highlight for fans of excellent acoustics.