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Audi TT RS receives substantial performance boost

With its five cylinder engine, the TT RS boasts 400 horsepower, a big gain over its lesser siblings, along with a throaty exhaust note.

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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.

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The TT RS coupe is a 2+2 seater, with comfortable sport seats up front and rear seats big enough for children or groceries.

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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.

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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.

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The five cylinder engine gives the TT RS a throaty, deep engine note.

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Quattro all-wheel-drive, with a torque vectoring differential at the rear, comes standard on the TT RS.

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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.

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The TT RS gains the new geometric styling as seen on the new TT, along with some more aggressive lower air intakes.

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The TT RS is a small coupe, with a distinctly curved roofline.

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With launch control, the TT RS hits 62 mph (100 kph) in just 3.7 seconds.

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The fixed spoiler also marks the TT RS versus the standard TT.

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Sport seats offer matching power adjustments on driver and passenger sides, including adjustable bolsters.

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Audi tunes its electric power steering for a light feel.

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Buttons on the steering wheel control the big Virtual Cockpit display.

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Audi adorns the TT RS wheel with buttons for engine start and drive mode selection.

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The shifter controls the seven speed dual clutch transmission, while the dial further down the console takes handles infotainment functions.

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Audi won't offer the TT RS with a manual transmission.

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The sport view on the Virtual Cockpit puts the tachometer front and center.

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The standard view for the Virtual Cockpit matches that of the TT model.

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