Now, there’s a new TT RS, and it sounds like it means business. The new model, shown for the first time at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show in Coupé and Roadster form will still be powered by a glorious five-cylinder, only with quite serious numbers attached to it
Heart of the beast
The five-cylinder aluminium engine produces 294kW/480Nm meaning 0-100km/h will be dispatched in 3.7 seconds. The vehicle will also be fitted with the RS exhaust system, which, as we’ve heard, produces an epic wail.
The TT RS will also look quite a bit more aggressive than the TT and TT S models, with 3D OLED lights finishing off a muscular front-end with large air inlets and a low-positioned spoiler. At the rear, expect a fixed rear wing; while in side profile, the vehicle looks hunkered down at just 1.34 metres tall and is given a signature appearance by the newly designed alloy wheels.
The interior has also received the RS treatment with a sportier steering wheel, low-mounted sport seats, and aluminium or carbon trim elements as well as strategically placed RS logos throughout the cabin. It also shares some similarities with the R8, as the driver starts the vehicle by pushing a button on the steering wheel. The RS will also feature Audi’s superb virtual cockpit, which simplifies the interior ergonomics, for a cleaner look.
There is a special RS screen which displays information on tyre pressure, torque and g-forces. When the engine rev limit is reached, a shift light requests that the driver shift up via the steering wheel paddle or selector lever. A precondition is that the manual mode must be active for the dual-clutch transmission, which has sporty short gear ratios in the lower gears.
The TT RS is very likely to make an appearance locally in the not too distant future.