The all-new Audi TT RS is now ready to go on sale this year and is the fastest TT ever made. Audi are claiming that this latest incarnation of their sports car is now fast enough to keep up with some of the supercar elite, largely thanks to the TT RS’ five-cylinder engine which produces 394bhp and 480Nm of torque. This is a significant boost over what the standard car produces: 335bhp and 450Nm. This manifests itself into a car that can get from 0-62mph in less than 4 seconds – 3.7 to be exact for the coupe and a 3.9 second time for the roadster to reach the same 100km/h mark.
Top speed is electronically governed at 155mph but can be raised to 174mph with the optional Dynamic Package Plus, which also includes a sports exhaust system to really hear that unique five-cylinder note range. To put this level of performance into context, especially in terms of acceleration, you need to be looking at some serious (and expensive) cars. As aforementioned, the Audi TT RS Coupe gets from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, meanwhile the £87,000 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe with its 5.0-litre supercharged engine gets from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds whilst the £136,901 Porsche 911 R hits the same mark in 3.8 seconds. Admittedly, both the Jag and Porsche have higher top speeds and will almost definitely be faster around a track, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this new Audi is a seriously fast car indeed. The price of the Audi TT RS Coupe stands at £51,800 whilst the Roadster is slightly more at £53,550. This may sound costly for a TT but may seem slightly more reasonable when taking into consideration the levels of performance it churns out. The engine is then paired to a seven-speed S ironic transmission.
The Audi TT RS also reaps the benefits of their infamous quattro all-wheel drive system for greater agility and all-weather ability. The Audi Drive Select adaptive dynamics system is also included which allows Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual driving modes. Each of these options will alter the steering, throttle response, exhaust sound as well as that all-wheel drive system.
The optional Dynamic Package Plus has another trick up its sleeve in the form of the Audi magnetic ride which can adapt to the road in milliseconds making for both improved comfort and performance. The Audi TT RS also sits 10 millimetres lower than the standard TT, creating a more striking look as well as the benefits on track. This means the 19-inch wheels now fit more snug into their arches but not as tightly as the optional 20-inch 7-spoke wheels, exclusive to the TT RS. Whichever one buyers go for, they can choose their wheels to be finished in silver, matt titanium look or gloss anthracite black. The front wheels house 370 millimetre disc brakes whilst the rear brakes come in at 310mm in diameter.
Inside the TT RS, occupants will find super sports seats upholstered in Fine Nappa leather teamed with a TT RS sport leather and Alcantara steering wheel. Attention will quickly turn to the 12.3-inch high definition screen with a choice of three views, including an RS screen which highlights the rev counter and offers a shift light for when the rev limit is reached. The RS screen can also display individual tyre pressures. The screen also serves as an interface for Audi Connect which includes Google Earth with street view, online wether updates, travel information, news, Twitter and a Wi-Fi hotspot for personal devices. The Audi TT RS is also the first Audi to receive Matrix OLED rear lights.
The all-new Audi TT RS is set to be open for UK orders in late September this year.