Audi TT RS Coupé

After several spyshots of the model, Audi has finally taken the covers off its new Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster models. Thanks to a set of very revealing spyshots, there probably isn’t much that you haven’t seen already. However, we’ve now got full specifications and details of the model to match a fresh mega gallery of the two new TT RS body styles.

For starters, the new TT RS will continue to offer a 2.5 litre, five-cylinder TFSI engine. Audi says that the mill is newly-developed, however, offering 60 hp and 15 Nm of torque more than the previous version. In total, the TT RS packs 400 hp and 480 Nm from 1,700 to 5,850 rpm. The Coupe is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the drop-top model performs the century sprint in 3.9 seconds.

As standard, both TT RS models have a limited top speed of 250 km/h, but on request, Audi says that it can turn it up to 280 km/h. All versions come equipped with a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, of course. But while Audi makes no mention of a manual gearbox option, a model with the traditional shifter has been spied before.

The level of the TT RS’ aggression is of course managed by the Audi drive select feature. Each of its four driving modes (comfort, auto, dynamic or Individual) transforms the vehicle’s characteristics. These variable items include its quattro AWD system, the steering, transmission, engine and exhaust flaps.

Optionally, buyers may specify the Audi RS sport suspension plus with adaptive dampers and magnetic ride technology. Ventilated and perforated steel disc brakes feature up front, tucked behind a set of 19-inch wheels as standard. Larger, 20-inch items are available as options.

Where styling is concerned, the hot TT gets the usual array of RS-specific items. These include larger air inlets up front, a newly designed honeycomb grille with a quattro emblem, a fixed-rear wing and two large oval exhaust tips. Matrix LED headlamps are optional items, while the the standard vehicle settles for LED lighting up front. At the rear, Matrix OLED lights are fitted to the TT RS, making this the first series production Audi to have them as standard. Additionally, the Roadster can raise or lower its roof while driving at speeds up to around 50 km/h.

Save for a few extra RS-specific badges and trim highlights, the cabin of this hot TT is pretty much identical to its model siblings. The Audi virtual cockpit takes centre-stage with its 12.3-inch instrument/infotainment panel. Featuring all of the functionalities we’ve seen it have in the regular TT and TT S, the RS model gets an additional RS screen that introduces various new performance telemetry.

Also new in the TT RS is a multifunction steering wheel that features two new satellite buttons for the Audi drive select system and the engine push-start button. The MMI navigation plus and MMI touch features are optional items, along with the Audi connect online module with WiFi hotspot capabilities.

The Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster will only be launched in Europe come August this year. The Coupe will be priced at 66,400 euros (RM293k) while the Roadster will command 69,200 euros (RM305k).


GALLERY: Audi TT RS Roadster