Audi announced today that the TT RS model will be available with a seven-speed dual-clutch S Tronic transmission. For those who don’t know, the TT RS was available until now only with a six-speed manual transmission, but things have changed and now the top-of-the-range TT model is available with the fuel-efficient S-Tronic.
According to Audi, the TT RS fitted with the S-Tronic gearbox achieves an average fuel consumption of just (27.67 US mpg) of fuel per 100 km and emits just 197 g/km (317.04 g/mile) of CO2.
Furthermore, the car can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 4.3 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph) – this restriction can be removed as an option.
And if you still don’t know, the car is powered by an impressive 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine delivering 250 kW (340 hp) between 5,400 and 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm – same engine found on the Audi Quattro Concept, unveiled last week at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The new TT RS with S-Tronic will carry a base price of €58,300 for the coupe version and €61,150 for the roadster. As you may know already, the Audi TT RS will also be introduced in the United States!
Audi TT RS is known to many as the first even classic sports car from the brand’s RS family. Developed by quattro GmbH, the TT RS is similar to the RS4 and RS6 in that it is a pure driving machine. With a new manual six-speed transmission, it is able to transmit the power from the engine.
The transmission also enables for easier and more precise operation due to the shift lever that features short shift travel. The most defining characteristic of the transmission however is its high efficiency ratio and the narrow spread of its gear ratios.
The TT RS is also equipped with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive where the main feature can be found on the rear axle. This is the hydraulic multi-plate clutch that can be controlled electronically.
What it does is that when the need arises, the clutch is able to redirect most of the torque input from the car’s front wheel to the rear ones. In just milliseconds, an electric pump works in combination with the accumulator and both press the clutch’s plate through the hydraulic pressure.
Other features that have been added to the quattro powertrain are the constant velocity joint just before the propeller shaft. There is also the compact rear-axle differential. Both of these are considered as heavy-duty components.
This particular quattro drivetrain therefore gives the TT RS excellent stability, exceptional traction, and even fascinating dynamics. Regardless of whether the TT RS is running on a racetrack or being driven through winding rural roads, the handling makes it stand out.
The steering is not just responsive but has been made even more precise with rapid reaction of the chassis. The TT RS also demonstrates neutrality when at the cornering limit and gives grip when the car exits a curve. There is of course the power of the engine. All of these make sure that the TT RS shows that spirit of sportiness for every mile.