The sound: inimitable five-cylinder The output: tremendous at 294 kW (400 hp). The traction: inexhaustible thanks to quattro drive. The new TT RS* is a powerhouse – in the closed and the open version.
“The heart of the second-generation TT RS is an all-new five-cylinder engine made of aluminum,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of quattro GmbH. “With 400 hp, it puts out 60 hp more than the previous model. The new Matrix OLED rear lights also underscore the compact sports car’s position as a technology leader.”
Impressive performance: the new five-cylinder engine
A jury of international motor journalists has voted the 2.5 TFSI “Engine of the Year” seven times in a row. Now Audi has further developed the five-cylinder engine in all areas – with lightweight construction measures, reduced internal friction and increased power delivery. As a result, the turbo engine gains a good 17 percent increase in performance at an unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. At 294 kW (400 hp), it is more powerful than ever before. The engine’s maximum torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) is available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. It ensures fantastic pulling power, accompanied by an unmistakable sound. Because of the 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, ignition alternates between adjacent cylinders and those far apart from one another. This brings with it a very special rhythm. The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.7 seconds, the Roadster in 3.9 seconds – this corresponds to the level of a supercar. Audi can govern the top speed to 250 km/h (155.3 mph) or an optional 280 km/h (174.0 mph). Despite increased performance, the fuel consumption of the TT RS Coupé is just 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers (28.7 US mpg); the TT RS Roadster uses 8.3 liters (28.3 US mpg) on average.
For the best traction and plenty of driving pleasure: the quattro drive
The power of the 2.5 TFSI engine flows via a seven-speed S tronic, which shifts at lightning speed, to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its multi-plate clutch distributes power fully variably between the two axles. This ensures strong grip and plenty of driving pleasure. Wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. The driver can use the Audi drive select system to influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this are comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.
Pure dynamics: the chassis
In addition to its light weight, the Audi TT RS has its sporty chassis to thank for its outstanding handling. The progressive steering with RS-specific tuning provides close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive challenging winding stretches. At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the 19-inch wheels – or 20-inch forged lightweight wheels as an option. Alternatively, lighter and particularly abrasion-resistant carbon-fiber ceramic discs are available. At the back, a steel monoblock disc is used. As an option, Audi supplies the RS sport suspension plus with adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology. In this case, the damping characteristic can be influenced electronically. The control technology is integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
New feature: Matrix OLED lights
For the first time in a series-production Audi, Matrix OLED technology (organic light emitting diode) is used in the rear lights as an option. These emit an extremely homogeneous, precise light. The light does not cast any harsh shadows and does not require any reflectors – this makes the OLEDs in 3D design efficient, lightweight and visually impressive. Each rear light contains four wafer-thin units that become smaller from the inside out. The biggest bears the TT logo and the four Audi rings. The TT RS has LED rear lights and LED headlights as standard. Alternatively, the latter are available as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.
Athletically streamlined: the exterior design
Large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes – the new TT RS Coupé and the new TT RS Roadster exude concentrated power. Along the flanks, aerodynamically-shaped side sills emphasize the sporty design. Both models measure 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) in length, 1.83 meters (6.0 ft) in width and 1.34 meters (4.4 ft) in height.
Inspired by racing cars: the cockpit
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver. All information is displayed as standard on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the tachometer and provides information on tire pressure, torque and g‑force, among other things. The tachometer also serves as a shift indicator. If the seven-speed S tronic is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments are activated sequentially as revs increase. Just before the engine reaches the limit, the entire scale flashes red. For the first time in the RS portfolio, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two satellite controls for turning the engine on and off as well as the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, in addition to multifunction buttons. The driver can influence the exhaust flap control and thus the engine sound via the sound button on the center console.
Best entertainment: Infotainment and Audi connect
Audi also offers a huge amount of high-end infotainment technology. The options include MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural language voice control, as well as the Audi connect online module and the Wi-Fi hotspot. Using the Audi phone box, compatible cell phones can be charged inductively and paired with the onboard antenna for optimal reception. The Audi smartphone interface displays selected apps from the cell phone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Audi Sport Performance app is used to compare lap times on the racetrack. It displays speed, time difference, steering angle, g-forces as well as rpm, brake pressure and accelerator position on the smartphone. It also indicates the current position of the TT RS on the racetrack. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System provides for an excellent sound experience on board.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.