Audi has revealed the new TT RS and TT RS Roadster simultaneously at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show and a UK launch event in London. Read on for full information, images and our video report from Mat Watson.
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New Audi TT RS and TT RS Roadster styling
The new Audi TT RS and TT RS Roadster receive aggressive styling modifications to differentiate them from the standard car. The lowermost edge of the front bumper is painted in contrasting silver or black while the two large intakes below the headlights feature new vertical inserts, similar to those found on both the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback.
The side skirts remain unchanged from the standard TT and TTS models, but new alloy wheels and a fixed rear spoiler – a retractable one is optional – ensure the new TT RS is instantly recognisable as a high-performance model. The TT RS’s rear bumper has lost the TTS’ quad-exhaust tips in favour of two large oval units mounted beneath a large black diffuser.
The new TT RS will come as standard with LED headlights and brake lights – the latter can be specified with upgraded organic LED (OLED) technology that promises both greater colour contrast than conventional LED units and better efficiency. This technology also allows lighting components to be manufactured in an array of seamless, curved shapes rather than the rigid, angular forms usually associated with LED systems.
New Audi TT RS and TT RS Roadster interior
The new TT RS cabin keeps the same basic layout and key features as the standard TT. Three large air vents are mounted on the dashboard above the central console but the flat-bottomed, leather-trimmed steering wheel now features an engine start button, inspired by the R8 supercar.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system comes as standard gets a new RS-specific mode displaying torque, tyre-pressures and cornering G-forces. The infotainment system boasts sat-nav, a WiFi hotspot, Audi ‘Phone Box’ mobile signal booster and a Bang and Olufsen sound system – wireless phone charging is also available for compatible smartphones, too.
The TT RS Roadster is fitted with microphones integrated into the seat belts to ensure phone calls can be taken with the roof down, without compromising sound quality. The fabric roof itself can be folded at speeds of up to 31mph.
New Audi TT RS and TT RS Roadster engine and driving
The new TT RS is powered by turbocharged, 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine with 395hp – enough to launch the coupe model from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds – Roadster versions complete the same sprint in 3.9 seconds. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with ratios spaced to offer both rapid acceleration and refined motorway cruising, can be manually controlled by paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
The quattro all-wheel-drive system and lowered suspension can be set to either comfort, dynamic or individual settings using a steering-wheel mounted button. A flap installed in the exhaust system opens when dynamic mode is selected, increasing the volume and altering the exhaust note. An additional sport setting reduces the effect of the electronic stability control and allows the car to enter controlled drifts – this system can, however, be turned off completely if you’re feeling brave.
TT RS models will come with steel brake discs as standard but buyers looking for increased braking power can choose optional carbon-ceramic items. Cars fitted with these high-performance brakes will also feature grey-painted brake callipers as standard.
Audi TT RS and TT RS Roadster price and release date
Audi has confirmed the new TT RS will go on sale in Europe in autumn 2016. UK-specific prices have not yet been announced but we expect coupe and Roadster models to cost approximately £52,000 and £54,000 respectively.
New Audi TT RS latest news (updated April 2016)
Audi will build an ultra-powerful version of its TT coupe. Badged the TT RS, it should fall neatly into place within Audi’s high-performance lineup of sports models. The latest spy shots courtesy of Motor Authority suggest it’s close to being revealed along with a high performance TT Roadster convertible, so read on to see what we know so far…
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New Audi TT RS styling
The standard Audi TT is already a striking car, and the existing S version enhances this with larger air intakes and a rear diffuser to make it look more sporty. We expect the TT RS to take this to another level, with a more aggressive front end and large oval-shaped exhausts – a trademark for Audi’s RS models.
The most recent TT RS had a fixed rear spoiler, but we’re yet to see any spy-shots that suggest the new model will have one as well.
New Audi TT RS interior
We expect the TT RS’ interior to remain generally similar to the rest of the Audi TT lineup. This means a beautifully designed cabin that takes a minimalist approach – there’s no central infotainment screen with Audi’s MMI system controlled through an impressive 12.3-inch LCD screen that sits in front of the driver in the instrument panel. Dubbed ‘virtual cockpit‘, it’s a stand out feature modern Audis.
Practicality-wise, the TT is already one of the more spacious small coupes out there. We expect the 305-litre boot to remain unchanged, but don’t be surprised if the tiny rear seats are stripped out in the name of saving weight.
New Audi TT RS driving and engines
Being the ultimate performance version of the already sporty TT means Audi will use its most exciting components for the RS to ensure it meets buyers’ expectations. It’s rumoured that the engine will be the same 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the RS3 Sportback, RS Q3 crossover and outgoing TT RS.
In those cars, the engine produces an impressive 362hp, but rumour has it that Audi is aiming for between 380-400hp with this latest iteration. That should easily allow the TT RS to get from 0-62mph in less than four seconds. Of course there will be a DSG automatic option, but spy-shots have indicated that Audi will sell a manual version – helping endear the car to enthusiasts.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive will of course be standard, helping to give the RS plenty of grip around corners and the ability to hold its own on the track. The use of aluminium in the TT RS’s construction helps to keep it relatively lightweight as well, improving efficiency, acceleration and handling.
New Audi TT RS prices
Prices of the existing TT S are already around the £40,000 mark without any option boxes ticked. We’d guess the new car could easily reach the £50,000 mark when you consider the engine and performance upgrades, making it the most expensive TT on sale. The Roadster convertible version could add around £2,000 to the price.
New Audi TT RS release date
We expect the new TT RS to make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September. Those keen on trying an RS for themselves should be able to take one for a test drive before the end of 2016.
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