Overview of the key features that ensure these high-performance sports cars stand out from the crowd.
Engine, performance, fuel consumption and emissions
The all-new Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster are the most powerful production versions of this sports car so far - and can be ordered from September 2016. Power comes via a 2.5-litre, TFSI, petrol engine that produces 400PS – compared to its predecessor's 340PS – and 480Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,850rpm (rather than 450Nm).
The TT RS Coupé hits 62mph in 3.7 seconds, averages 34.4mpg and emits carbon at the rate of 187g/km. Roadster figures are: 3.9 seconds, 34mpg and 189g/km, respectively – and both have a limited top speed of 155mph. The 5-cylinder engine is 26kg lighter than its predecessor; largely due to the addition of an aluminium crankcase.
The S tronic 7-speed transmission – which itself is 2kg lighter than its predecessor – enables motorists to cruise in full-automatic mode, or select gears manually via paddles behind the steering wheel. The gears can also be selected manually with the lever that sits between the front seating and sports the “RS” logo.
Audi Drive Select
The Audi Drive Select system enables motorists to optimise the shift characteristics of the transmission based on personal preference, and the road conditions. Modes are: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. When cruising home on a wet night, for example, one of the less sporty configurations might be preferable.
Audi Drive Select also influences the response/feel of the RS-specific steering, throttle, exhaust flaps and all-wheel-drive system. Motorists might prefer the throttle to be a little sharper and the exhaust note louder, for example. Furthermore, influence how the engine divides its output between the front and rear axles.
The Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster have a Virtual Cockpit that replaces the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. It is a 12.3”, high-resolution, screen that presents a range of information based on preference. The RS screen, for example, emphasises the rev-counter and has a light to show when the engine hits the limit.
The Virtual Cockpit also incorporates satellite navigation and Audi Connect Online Services. The latter – that come courtesy of a 3 year subscription that can be extended – includes: Google Earth Maps, Google Street View, weather, travel information, Twitter, news and a Wi-Fi hotspot for in-car web browsing via other devices.
The Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster have other strengths too. These include the:
- Dynamic Package Plus optional extra that increases maximum speed to 174mph and adds a sportier exhaust;
- super sports seats that have a Fine Nappa leather finish;
- choice of RS-specific paint colours;
- electric fabric roof that operates in about 10 seconds;
- optional Magnetic Ride system that automatically – and within milliseconds – optimises the response of the suspension dampers based on the road conditions, and personal preference.