Audi will start to offer two new versions of the TT RS in Europe in 2012 -- the TT RS Plus road car and a factory-prepared TT RS race car. A report from the L’Automobile Magazine revealed that the TT RS Plus is an update to the current TT RS. It produces 380 hp, features dropped rear seats, and is lighter by around 132 pounds.
Nonetheless, Audi U.S. spokesman Mark Dahncke asserted that the power upgrade is meant to position the European TT RS in line with the car offered in the U.S. The TT RS had its launching after the debut of the hot coupe in Europe. That’s why its engine had already been modified.
Presently, the car’s rating is 360 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque in the U.S. but its output is just 335 hp and 332 lb-ft in Europe. The TT RS Plus received some mild engine updates just so it could be comparable to Europe’s car. Dahncke denied being aware of any plans to replace the rear seat from the TT RS.
But it’s possible that L’Automobile Magazine was referring to the upcoming Audi TT RS race car that was developed by Quattro GmbH. This will be a fully prepared race car that will be used on European circuits just like the R8 LMS car. It will feature a stripped interior with a roll cage and it’s likely to be lighter than the road-going TT RS.
Dahncke explained that there’s no demand for a racer in the U.S. He also said it won’t be a good fit for American race series like Grand-Am. This race car is front-wheel-drive and has an output of 375 hp like the TT RS Plus. A six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters is used to distribute power. Standard equipment includes adjustable race suspension and a unique body meant for more aerodynamic downforce. The ready-to-race car has a starting price of €180,000 (around $250,000).
Considered as the first classic sports car in the Audi RS family, the Audi TT RS was designed and developed by quattro GmbH as a no-holds-barred road machine. It comes with an array of innovative technologies that take the driving to a whole new level. For instance, the Audi TT RS comes, as standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, featuring an electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch at the rear axle.
When needed, majority of the torque is redirected by the clutch from the front wheels to the rear wheels. Within just milliseconds, an electrical pump works with an accumulator to press together the clutch plates using hydraulic pressure. The vehicle’s powertrain also features a constant velocity joint before the propeller shaft as well as a compact rear-axle differential.
Thanks to this quattro drivetrain, the new Audi TT RS boasts of alluring dynamics, notable traction and outstanding stability as well as responsive steering, providing instantaneous chassis reactions. This is very noticeable when the Audi TT RS is taken on winding roads or on a racetrack. With this drive train, drivers are able to truly feel the exciting dynamics and power of the new Audi TT RS.
Power from the engine is sent to the wheels through a new six-speed manual gearbox that allows for a more precise and easier operation with its specially designed shift lever with short shift travel. Furthermore, this new six-speed manual transmission features a high efficiency ratio as well as a narrow spread of the gear ratios.
Building on the base Audi TT design, the chassis of the Audi TT RS features a four-link rear suspension that could handle longitudinal and lateral forces separately. Moreover, the new Audi TT RS features a highly efficient electromechanical steering, with power steering adjusting to the speed of the car.
For the body, Audi used aluminum on the front and sheet steel in the back, resulting to a balanced axle-load distribution, while ensuring outstanding crash safety as well as remarkable rigidity that helps the car’s handling.
The new Audi TT RS is provided with a standard sports chassis that lowers the body by 10 mm (0.39 inches) and comes with tightly tuned springs and shock absorbers. Customers may avail of the optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system, which comes with two selectable modes for the shock absorbers.
Dynamic mode allows for a more road-hugging Audi TT RS, while Comfort mode offers a more balanced ride that results to extreme comfort. These modes can be activated by pressing the Sport button.