Audi TT RS receives substantial performance boost
Audi released its TT model, a compact premium sports car, last year in both coupe and roadster forms. Now, we get the RS version, which boasts even better performance.
The TT RS coupe is a 2+2 seater, with comfortable sport seats up front and rear seats big enough for children or groceries.
The standard TT RS comes with magnetic ride adaptive suspension, able to adjust its dampers for different road conditions and driving styles. A Dynamic package swaps that suspension for a lower, track-oriented fixed suspension.
The biggest difference between the TT and TT RS is an extra cylinder. Audi gives the TT RS a 2.5-liter five cylinder engine, its turbocharger and direct injection helping it make 400 horsepower.
The five cylinder engine gives the TT RS a throaty, deep engine note.
Quattro all-wheel-drive, with a torque vectoring differential at the rear, comes standard on the TT RS.
Audi has a long history of five cylinder engines. This one uses a firing order of 1-2-4-5-3, and makes a distinctly deep engine note.
The TT RS gains the new geometric styling as seen on the new TT, along with some more aggressive lower air intakes.
The TT RS is a small coupe, with a distinctly curved roofline.
With launch control, the TT RS hits 62 mph (100 kph) in just 3.7 seconds.
The fixed spoiler also marks the TT RS versus the standard TT.
Sport seats offer matching power adjustments on driver and passenger sides, including adjustable bolsters.
Audi tunes its electric power steering for a light feel.
Buttons on the steering wheel control the big Virtual Cockpit display.
Audi adorns the TT RS wheel with buttons for engine start and drive mode selection.
The shifter controls the seven speed dual clutch transmission, while the dial further down the console takes handles infotainment functions.
Audi won't offer the TT RS with a manual transmission.
The sport view on the Virtual Cockpit puts the tachometer front and center.
The standard view for the Virtual Cockpit matches that of the TT model.