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New Audi TT RS Is Most Powerful Of All Time

New TT RS offers blistering performance, selectable drive modes, muscular styling and race-inspired cockpit.

New TT RS available with multiple body styles

The 2016 Audi TT RS is the most powerful version of this sports car ever to grace the highway, the manufacturer confirmed. It comes in Coupé and Roadster form; the latter of which has an electric fabric roof that can be opened/closed in about 10 seconds, at up to 31mph.

Audi TTRS

Engine and performance

Both the Coupé and Roadster have a 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder, petrol engine that produces 400PS and 480Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,850rpm. Expect 0 - 62mph in 3.7 seconds (Coupé) and 3.9 seconds (Roadster) which equates to “supercar rivalling performance”, Audi said. Top speed is 174mph but can be electronically limited to 155. 

In previous forms, this 2.5-litre, TFSI, turbocharged, power plant claimed the International Engine of the Year title 6 years in succession. Votes came courtesy of an international jury of motoring journalists. Enhancements for the 2016 Audi TT RS include:

  • lighter weight construction,
  • reduced friction between internal components,
  • 17% increase in performance.

Audi TTRS

7-speed transmission

The 2.5-litre engine sends power to a 4-wheel-drive system via 7-speed, dual-clutch, S tronic transmission. Audi revealed that the lower gears are “short” - which helps drivers pick-up speed quickly – whereas seventh is fairly “long” to minimise fuel consumption. 

S tronic also enables motorists to cruise in full-auto mode, or select any gear manually via paddles behind the steering wheel. Audi argued it: “combines the sporty characteristics of a manual gearbox with the advantages of an automatic.” Also, the dual-clutch element ensures there is no “appreciable delay” when changing cogs.

Select Drive System

The TT RS's Select Drive System tweaks the response of various systems based on preference. Modes are: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual and relate to the: 4-wheel-drive system, steering, gearbox, engine and exhaust. The RS also has launch control to ensure maximum acceleration by, for example, minimising wheel spin.

Audi TTRS

Muscular styling comes as standard

New Audi TT RS styling is muscular. Highlights that emphasise its status in the range include the: large air inlets, singleframe grille with honeycomb centre/quattro logo, prominent side sills, a rear diffuser that enhances aerodynamic performance, and the fixed rear spoiler. An auto-extending spoiler is available as an option. 

Audi Virtual Cockpit inspired by race cars

The TT RS Virtual Cockpit has a 12.3-inch screen that enables motorists to pick a view, and is inspired by race cars. The RS screen, for example, highlights the rev counter and provides information on g-force. The RS also has: sat-nav, voice command, wi-fi hotspot, wireless phone charging and a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Audi TTRS

Availability in UK

The new Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster will be available in the United Kingdom from summer 2016. As yet, there's nothing official on pricing, however many are suggesting the coupe will start at €66,400 (around £51,500) and the roadster will cost €69,200 (around £53,500).