The new TT RS, the sporty spearhead of the TT series, will be presented at the Beijing Motor Show for the first time to the world's public. “The new aluminium five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp, which is 60 hp more than its predecessor,” says Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “Together with the quattro drive, it ensures sporty driving pleasure with maximum traction. Audi uses Matrix OLED technology in the rear lights for the first time.”
The 2.5 TFSI has been voted "Engine of the Year" six times in a row by a jury of international motor journalists.Audi has now further developed the engine with lightweight construction measures, reduced internal friction and increased power delivery. The turbo engine now gains a good 17% increase in performance at an unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc, and with 400hp it's more powerful than ever before. The maximum torque of 480Nm ensures fantastic pulling power, which accompanies the unmistakable sound. A special rhythm is produced by cylinders positioned directly beside each other and far away from each other firing in alternation. The TT RS Coupe accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds, the Roadster in 3.9 seconds which puts it on par with a supercar. Audi regulates the top speed at 250km/h.
The forces of the award winning engine flow to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive via a seven-speed S tronic which shifts at lightning speed. The multi-plate clutch distributes the power freely between the axles and provide strong grip and driving pleasure. Handling is even more agile and safe with the wheel-selective torque control while the driver can use the Audi drive select system to influence the quattro drive and other components such as steering, S tronic and engine characteristics.
In addition to being lightweight, the outstanding handling can be credited to the Audi TT RS's sporty chassis. The direct steering ensures close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive over more challenging winding roads. At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs work behind the 19-inch, or optional 20-inch, wheels. Alternatively, light and abrasion-resistant carbon-fibre ceramic discs are available as an option. At the back a steel monoblock disc is used. RS Sport suspension plus adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology can also be added as an option. If added, the damping characteristics can be influenced electronically with controls integrated into the Audi drive select driving dynamics system.
For the first time in a series-production Audi, Matrix OLED technology is used as an option for the rear lights. They emit a homogeneous, high-contrast-light that can be continuously dimmed, does not cast any shadow and does no require any reflectors. All of these features make them light and visually impressive. Each rear light contains four extremely thin units which become smaller from the inside out with the largest bearing the TT logo and the four Audi rings. LED rear lights and headlights feature as standard on the TT RS with Matrix LED units available as an option.
The new TT RS Coupe and TT RS Roadster both exude concentrated power. On the exterior you'll fine large air inlets, a Single-frame grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two large oval exhaust tailpipes. Aerodynamically-shaped side sills feature along the flanks and emphasise the dynamic design. Both models measure 4.19m in length, 1.83m in width and 1.34 m in height.
In the new TT RS the controls and display are all focused completely on the driver. All information is displayed on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3" screen giving the driver the option of three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tyre pressure, torque and g-force. Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver when the engine speed limit has been reached. The RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two operating satellite buttons for turning the engine on and off, as well as the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select in addition to multifunction buttons. This allows the driver to keep their hands on the wheel at all times. Te driver can also influence the exhaust flap control via the sound button on the centre console.
The Audi TT RS also offers a huge amount of high-end infotainment technology. Options include MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural voice control, as well as the Audi connect online module with Wi-Fi hotspot. Compatible phones can be charged inductively using the Audi phone box and can also be paired with the on-board antennae for optimal reception. Selected apps from the mobile phone can be displayed directly in the Audi virtual cockpit using smartphone interface technology while the Bang & Olufsen sound system is a highlight for fans of excellent acoustics.