Audi’s new TT RS is making its global debut at this year’s Beijing Motor Show in China. Audi will present both the Coupé and Roadster version of the new TT RS, with the highlights being their new 5-cylinder engine and brand new OLED taillights.
The reworked 5-cylinder engine that is similarly found in the latest Audi RS3 is now crafted from aluminum and received a power bump as well. The 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder that powers the TT RS now produces 400 PS (294 kW) and 480 Nm of torque, which is an increase of 60 PS from the previous generation 2.5 TFSI engine. Audi’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder has been praised with the International Engine of the Year Award 6 times in a row now, and by introducing the updated award-winning engine Audi is sure aiming to prolong that title.
With the new engine being more powerful, it comes as no surprise that the TT RS performance is faster than ever. The performance charts indicate a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.7 seconds for the TT RS Coupé and 3.9 seconds for the open-top roadster. The Audi TT RS tops out at an electronically governed 250 km/h, although Audi offers to optionally raise the limiter to 280 km/h if the customer wishes.
Linked to the award-winning 2.5-liter five-cylinder is Audi’s 7-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Power is diverted to all four wheels thanks to the Quattro all-wheel drive system that provides the TT RS with optimal grip and driving dynamics. The Audi drive select module additionally offers four different driving modes; comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.
The Audi TT RS sports suspension is stiffer than ever before and to improve the car’s dynamic abilities and push it to new boundaries, the chassis and bodywork are 10 mm lower to the ground than that of the standard Audi TT. For customers that tick the sports suspension plus with Audi magnetic ride on the options list, it will be possible to electronically configure the damper characteristics using Audi’s Drive select menu.
From a visual standpoint the compact sports car blends in with Audi’s most recent design language. The lines along the exterior are sharper and the TT RS makes a fresh yet aggressive first impression. At the front there are the obvious enlarged air intakes and headlights with optional Matrix LED technology, while the rear of the TT RS is dominated by a matching spoiler improving the car’s aerodynamics and of course, its brand new Matrix OLED taillights.
The new Audi TT RS comes in nine different standard colors, including the RS-specific Nardo Grey Uni and Catalunya Red Metallic. Customers that want something special are always welcome to contact Audi’s exclusive division in Neckarsulm.
The interior of the TT RS is a continuation of its edgy and sharp exterior design. In the pointed and fine interior, the rounded vents in the mid-console make for some variation. All-around the interior there is plenty of Alcantara and premium leather. The nicely sculptured RS sport seats come with RS embroidery and contrasting top-stitching. There are four different color combinations available for the interior; a combination of black and grey, black and red, Murillo brown and Grey, Palomino brown and grey.
The new TT RS is of course available with Audi’s virtual cockpit. To match the digital instrument cluster a 12.3-inch TFT screen pops up from the center-dash providing access to the car’s infotainment system. The virtual cockpit is completely configurable according to three different styles; the classic style shows the basics, the infotainment style brings focus to the navigation map and the RS style focuses on the speedometer and rev counter in addition to all instruments assisting when driving dynamically.
The new Audi TT RS hits the market in fall of 2016.