Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, the Audi TT RS is back and it’s better than ever.
When Audi released this current-generation Audi TT, the world rejoiced at the fact that the TT was finally a sports car worth getting for car enthusiasts. It was no longer the sloppy, flashy car that was designed just to be pretty. This new TT has the power, performance and handling chops to make it a real player in the segment. So we were even more excited for the possibilities of the upcoming Audi TT RS, the most hardcore performance variant of the TT model line.
Well, the wait is over, it’s finally here. Available in either Coupe or Roadster form and packing a new 400 hp aluminum, turbocharged, 2.5 liter inline five-cylinder engine, the new Audi TT RS will be the most powerful TT ever made. Peak torque, of 354 lb-ft, is made at as low as 1,700 rpm and is delivered all the way to 5,850. So it will have tremendous mid-range torque. Audi claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds for the Coupe and 3.9 for the roadster, making it one of the fastest Audis on the market. Top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph, with a possible upgrade to 179 mph. So the new TT RS is gonna be quick. Very quick.
That engine will be mated to Audi’s seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox and will send power to all four wheels via Quattro. This will be the only powertrain and drivetrain option available. 19″ or 20″ wheels are available and the stock brakes come in the form of ventilated front discs and solid rears, although carbon ceramic brakes are an option. As is Audi’s magnetic dampers, which work incredibly well. The latter sort of suspension is available with the RS Sport Suspension option.
So bigger engine with more power, better suspension and better brakes. We’re sold already. But wait, there’s more. For the first time on a production Audi, Matrix OLED taillights will be available. The OLED taillights are paper thing and provide superior lighting to any other source.
In terms of looks, the TT RS isn’t too far from the standard TTS model, though it does look more aggressive. However, it doesn’t look over done or too flashy, just the right amount. The front air inlets are much larger and indicate massive cooling going on down their, giving this car a sense of power and performance. It also has a fixed wing spoiler, which is a bit better than the TT/TTS’ which only comes up at certain speed, letting cops know you’re speeding. However, aside from that, the new Audi TT RS doesn’t look too different from the TTS, which is a compliment by the way.
On the inside, things are also pretty standard Audi TTS, with diamond quilter leather seats and carbon fiber trim. However, the big difference lies in the steering wheel, which seems to be pulled right from the uber-expensive Audi R8. So that’s a cool touch. The new steering has buttons on it for the Audi Drive Select and all of the other redundant radio and MMI buttons, so the driver never really needs to take their hand off the wheel. Other interesting new interior technologies, such as Audi’d brilliant Virtual Cockpit, will make its way onto the Audi TT RS as-standard.
The same thing the Audi A6 and A7 received just recently will be sent the TT RS’ way as well. This means Audi’s natural voice control for voice texting and message sending, a WiFi hotspot and wireless inductive charger for the driver’s mobile phone. This gives the TT RS some brains to match all of its braun.
So far, the new Audi TT RS could be a massive success. The current generation is a well liked car, but it’s a bit too soft and round around the edges, whereas this new Audi TT RS should be razor sharp. It also has great looks, a great interior and great technology. So this new Audi TT RS seems…great.
Sales in Europ beging in Early this coming Autumn, with no word on the US or North American market just yet. The TT RS Coupe will start life at 66,400 euros and the Roadsters costs 69,200 euros.
The Audi TT RS is back and we couldn’t be more excited to see it.