Sports Compacts in Peak Form: The New Audi TT RS Coupé and The New Audi TT RS Roadster

2019. 02. 06.

• New front end and redesigned rear spoiler with side winglets
• Award-winning five cylinder: 2.5 TFSI engine delivering 294kW (400 metric HP) output and 480Nm torque
• The redesigned top-of-the-range models will be rolling off Audi Hungaria’s production line

Neckarsulm, 6 February 2019 – Audi Sport hones the top model of the TT model series further: With an even more dynamic look, the new TT RS (combined fuel consumption l/100 km: 8,1–7,9; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 183–181*) showcases with confidence what it has to offer. Its five-cylinder engine delivers 400 metric horsepower, accompanied by the unmistakable five-cylinder sound. Sales for the new TT RS will launch on 6 February 2019. The Coupé and Roadster will arrive at dealerships in Germany and other European countries from the spring of 2019. Prices for the Coupé start at EUR 67,700. The Roadster starts at EUR 70,500.

“The new TT RS is in absolute peak form,” says Michael-Julius Renz, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “Like a well-trained athlete, it showcases even more prominently how much power lies beneath its muscular outer skin.” Oliver Hoffmann, Head of Technical Development at Audi Sport GmbH, adds: “Low weight, suspension tuned for ultimate sports and our award-winning five-cylinder are the key to outstanding performance. Our 2.5 TFSI engine has won the highly coveted “International Engine of the Year Award” for the ninth time in a row now.”

Dynamic appearance: Exterior styling
The TT RS has never been this masculine. The completely redrawn front end and the striking rear end give it a dynamic appearance. The quattro logo in a matte titanium look is positioned in the lower section of the gloss black grill with its matte black Singleframe. The side air inlets, with their even larger design, are each divided by vertical strips both on the inside and outside. Additional radiators behind the RS’ distinctive honeycomb grill support the engine’s cooling. The side air inlets, which extend almost all the way to the front wheel arches, make the new TT RS appear extremely wide.

A continuous front spoiler that curves up steeply at the lateral ends closes the front apron out sharply, giving the car its distinctive, motorsport-inspired look. The spoiler is painted to match bodywork colour as standard, but is optionally available in a matte aluminium or gloss black finish. The RS has been enhanced with a gloss black inlay in its newly designed side skirt profile. Customers can decide whether the exterior mirror housings are finished to match the bodywork or get a matte aluminium, gloss black or carbon finish.

At the rear, the newly designed fixed rear spoiler draws the eye with its side winglets. It is intended to contribute to performance and efficiency typical to the RS as part of the aerodynamics concept. There are vertical design elements on both sides above the typical RS diffuser. Two large oval exhaust tailpipes round off the styling for the RS.

LED headlights are standard. The optional Matrix LED units regulate the high beams with extraordinary intelligence and flexibility. The likewise optional 3D-design OLED (organic light-emitting diode) rear lights distribute light with extreme homogeneity and precision. When the ignition is switched on, the OLED rear lights put on a spectacular display. A red marking at the 12 o’clock position on the steering wheel adds a new interior styling element. 

The new TT RS is available in eight different colours, including Kyalami green, which is specific to the RS, as well as newly added colour options Pulse Orange and Turbo Blue. The optional matte aluminium and gloss black optical styling packages can be chosen to highlight the spoiler edges and the rear wing. For the gloss black optical styling package, the Audi rings and the TT RS model logo are also optionally available in black, both at the front and rear. The fabric top of the TT RS Roadster is black. The Audi exclusive program provides a broad range of additional personalisation options.

Award-winning power: The 2.5 TFSI
Five cylinders, 294kW (400 metric HP) output, 480Nm torque, quattro all-wheel drive—the Audi TT RS impresses with its inner values while offering outstanding driving performance. The Coupé sprints from 0 to 100km/h in hardly 3.7 seconds. This is accompanied by the music of the typical five-cylinder melody: 1-2-4-5-3. This ignition sequence means that ignition alternates between directly adjacent cylinders and those far apart from one another. That results in a unique rhythm which is the loveliest music to many a petrolhead’s ears.

The 2.5 TFSI engine has received the highly coveted “International Engine of the Year Award” for the ninth time in a row. This power source has been manufactured at Audi Hungaria since 2008. The turbo-charged engine draws its power from an engine displacement of 2,480cm3. A maximum torque of 480Nm is available between 1,950 and 5,850rpm. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h or optionally 280km/h.

A seven-speed S tronic gearbox transfers the power of the five-cylinder engine to the quattro all-wheel drive system, which distributes traction between the axles freely via a multi-plate clutch. Wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. The driver can use the Audi drive select dynamic handling system to adjust the quattro powertrain and other components, including steering, S tronic, engine performance curve settings and the exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this include comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.

Pure dynamism: The suspension

Low weight (the TT RS Coupé weighs 1,450kg without the driver) and suspension consistently tuned for sports performance are the cornerstones for the Audi TT RS’ excellent handling. Progressive steering adapted specifically to the RS ensures a tight link with the road. Perforated ventilated steel brake discs are installed for the 19” or 20” rims on the front axle. The brake calipers are painted black as standard, but are optionally available with a red finish. Adaptive shock absorbers using Audi magnetic ride technology are available for the RS’ sport suspension as an option. They are also regulated using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Inspired by motorsports: The interior
Controls and the display elements are positioned to completely face the driver in the new TT RS. The RS sport seats come upholstered with Alcantara fabric with diamond pattern stitching or optionally with soft nappa leather with honeycomb lattice stitching, and the RS logos on the seats, the steering wheel, the door sill trims and the gear shift lever all go towards accentuating the sporty character of the 2+2 seater. The standard Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3” screen has specific RS content to display tyre pressure, torque, and g-forces. In manual transmission mode, a gear shift symbol appears to prompt the driver to shift up when the rev count limit is reached. In addition to multifunction buttons, the RS sport steering wheel with shift paddles features two additional satellite controls for starting and stopping the engine, as well as for adjusting the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

The new RS design package adds red or blue highlights to the interior of the car on the air vents, the seat belts, and the floor mats sporting the RS logo. An extended RS design package offers additional elements in contrasting colours for the seats and center console.

Up-to-date solutions: Infotainment
Audi offers a host of special features in the context of its infotainment system as well. These options include MMI navigation plus, complete with MMI touch free-text search and natural voice control, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot and the Audi connect online module. Online services are available on board thanks to fast LTE-standard connectivity. The Audi smartphone interface connects smartphones with the TT RS’ systems, and enables the displaying of content directly on the Audi virtual cockpit over a USB connection. The Bang & Olufsen audio system provides outstanding sound on board with an output of 680 Watts.

Sales for the new TT RS will launch on 6 February 2019. The Coupé and Roadster will arrive at dealerships from the spring of 2019. The Coupé is priced at EUR 67,700. The Roadster starts at EUR 70,500.

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