THE new Audi TT RS Coupé is set to deliver super car performance without the price tag when it arrives in Australia in July, boasting scintillating performance, aggressive design and tenacious handing.
Already available to order online, the highlight of the new Audi TT RS Coupé is the iconic 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. The heritage of this engine harks back to the legendary Sport quattro S1 Group B rally car of the early 1980s.
The roar of the power plant is just as iconic as the engine itself, with its unique 1-2-4-5-3 firing order amplified through the standard RS sports exhaust, with active baffles in the rear muffler that can be activated via a dedicated cockpit control.
The engine develops 294kW and 480Nm, and includes technology such as a lightweight aluminium crankcase, dual injection, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) and a high pressure 1.35 bar (19.6psi) turbocharger.
As a result, the TT RS Coupé demolishes the 100km/h sprint in a phenomenal 3.7 seconds, which is within the realm of much more expensive super sports cars. Yet despite this, it still delivers modest fuel consumption of just 8.0-litres/100km.
The new TT RS Coupé makes no effort to conceal its high performance capabilities, showing off an aggressive stance from any angle.
At the front, the ‘quattro’ logo sits beneath the wider single-frame grille, while even larger intakes feed more air to satisfy the cooling demands of the machinery that sits behind them. The standard matrix LED headlights complement the angular styling.
At the rear, the fixed rear spoiler sits above the optional matrix OLED taillights. In each rear light are four wafer-thin lighting elements in a 3D design, which display a spectacular, dynamic light show, as well as their usual warning functions.
The TT RS comes standard with a lightweight, 7-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission, delivering lightning-fast shifts. The tuning of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is fully integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system as well.
It ensures torque delivery is distributed quickly and precisely via an electro hydraulic multi-plate clutch. The RS-tuned calibration automatically sends more drive to the rear wheels during dynamic driving, to ensure ideal cornering balance.
The TT RS is built using the lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) and sits on RS sport suspension plus package, with Audi magnetic ride as standard. It has a ride height that is 10mm lower than the regular Audi TT.
In dynamic mode, Audi magnetic ride resists braking and cornering forces on the car’s attitude, heightening agile and responsive handling. Progressive steering provides responsive cornering in all conditions.
Red eight piston brake calipers clamp 370mm ventilated rotors at the front of the new TT RS, providing powerful stopping performance, inside 20-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in 255/30 rubber.
As with the rest of the TT range, the TT RS comes standard with the 12.3 inch Audi virtual cockpit, including special RS functions like a larger tachometer, coloured shift lights, G-force and lap timing measurements.
Smartphone integration, via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, allows the driver easy control of their device, and wireless smartphone charging is also provided. MMI touch and natural language voice control afford easy command of the high-end MMI navigation plus system.
The 680W 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system ensures sound quality is exceptional.
The Audi TT RS Coupé also features an impressive array of safety and driver assistance systems including six airbags, active lane and side assist, parking sensors with rear view camera and tyre pressure monitor.
In addition, two RS Design packages are available in either red or blue to further customise the interior of the TT RS Coupé, as well as the sides of the front seats.
The Audi TT RS Coupé is available to purchase through Audi’s new online platform, with customer deliveries expected in July. It’s offered with a choice of two comprehensive Audi service plan packages for either three or five years.
Pricing for the Audi TT RS starts from $134,900 plus on-roads, with the entry level TT starting from $79,900 plus on-roads. Further information is available from Audi dealers, or online at www.audi.com.au