The new TT RS confidently showcases a more dynamic look with a new front end and a redesigned rear wing with side winglets. Its award-winning five-cylinder engine delivers 480 Nm and 294kW, accompanied by the unmistakable five-cylinder sound. The face-lifted Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster are now available for sale at dedicated Audi Sport Dealerships in South Africa.
Dynamic appearance: The exterior design
The TT RS has never been this masculine. The completely redrawn front end and the striking rear end give it a dynamic appearance. The enlarged lateral air inlets are divided by vertical strips on the inside and outside. For cooling purposes there are additional radiators located behind the typical RS honeycomb grill, with the quattro logo in a matt titanium-look positioned in the lower section of the grill.
The lateral air inlets that extend almost all the way to the front wheel wells make the new TT RS appear extremely wide and the continuous front spoiler that is drawn up steeply at the lateral ends pulls the front apron down sharply, giving the car its distinctive, motorsport-inspired look.
The blade is painted in body colour as standard, but is also available in a matt aluminium look or gloss black. The RS model has a gloss black inlay in the newly designed side sill. The exterior mirror housings are available in matte aluminium look and gloss black.
At the rear, it is the newly designed fixed rear wing with side winglets that catches the eye. As part of the aerodynamics concept, it supports RS-typical performance and efficiency. There are vertical design elements on both sides above the new RS-specific diffusor. Two large oval exhaust tailpipes create the typical RS finish.
LED headlights are standard. As a new highlight offering, matrix OLED (organic light emitting diode) reversing lights with a 3D design are now standard and distribute their extensive light with extreme homogeneity and precision. When the ignition is switched on, the OLED reversing lights put on a spectacular display.
The new TT RS is available in nine different colours, including the new RS-specific colour Kyalami Green. Upon request, matt aluminium and gloss black styling packages highlight the blade and rear wing. The extended gloss black styling package includes the Audi rings and the TT RS model logo in black on the front and rear as an option. The fabric top of the TT RS Roadster is only available in black. The Audi exclusive program offers various additional possibilities for individualization of the exterior paint finish.
Award-winning performance: The 2.5 TFSI
Five-cylinder, 294 kW output, 480 Nm of torque, quattro all-wheel drive — the Audi TT RS impresses with inner values and offers an outstanding driving performance. The Coupé sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds. Musical accompaniment is provided by the typical five-cylinder sound: 1-2-4-5-3. Due to this ignition sequence, the ignition alternates between adjacent cylinders and those far apart from one another. This unique rhythm is music to the ears of many performance car purists.
Audi Sport has received the sought-after “International Engine of the Year Award” for the 2.5 TFSI engine for the ninth consecutive time. The turbo engine draws its power from an engine displacement of 2,480 cm3. The engine’s maximum torque of 480 Nm is available between 1,950 and 5,850 rpm. The top speed is regulated at 250 km/h or an optional 280 km/h.
The forces of the five-cylinder engine flow via a seven-speed S tronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that distributes the power as needed between the axles 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 influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic, and exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this are comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
Pure dynamism: The suspension
The low weight (1,410 kg, TT RS Coupé without driver) and the consistently sporty suspension provide the basic prerequisites for the excellent handling of the Audi TT RS. The progressive steering adapted specifically to the RS ensures close contact with the road. At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the 20-inch wheels, kitted out in a gloss black finish as standard. The brake calipers are painted red as standard. As an option, the RS sport suspension plus is available with adaptive dampers in Audi magnetic ride technology. Their control technology is also integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
Inspired by motorsports: The interior
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver. The RS sport seats with a honeycomb pattern in Fine Nappa leather (with blue, red or black stitching) as well as the RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims, and selector levers underline the sporty character of the 2+2 seater. Special RS displays in the standard Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch screen provide information on tire pressure, torque, and g-forces. In manual mode, the shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached. In addition to multifunction buttons, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles features two satellite controls for turning the engine on and off as well as the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
The new RS design package adds Tango Red or Turbo Blue highlights to the car on the air vent doors, the seat belts, and the floor mats with the RS logo. These packages also offers contrasting design elements on the seats and centre console in the chosen colour.
Up to date: The infotainment system
Audi also offers a great deal of infotainment features as standard. This includes the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural language voice control. The Audi smartphone interface connects smartphones with the TT RS and can stream content seamlessly to the Audi virtual cockpit (also standard) via USB. The optional Bang & Olufsen sound system provides an excellent sound experience on board with an output of 680 watts.