2012 Audi TT RS Plus gets more power, remains an awesome car

Article by Christian A., on February 9, 2012

Prior to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Audi unveiled today the TT RS Plus, a more powerful version of the already extreme vehicle. As expected, the car is powered by the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, but the power has been increased and now the powerplant delivers a total of 360 hp (20 hp extra over the standard version) and 465 Nm (342.97 lb-ft) of torque, 15 Nm (11.06 lb-ft) more than before.

The engine comes as standard with the 6-speed manual transmission but we do recommend the optional seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. According to Audi, the TT RS Plus Coupe using the S tronic can hit 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.3 seconds), while the TT RS Plus Roadster ompletes the same exercise in 4.2 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.4 seconds).

Top speed is limited in both cases to 280 km/h (173.98 mph). Regarding the fuel consumption, Audi promises an average of just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg) for the Coupe with S Tronic and 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.35 US mpg) for the Roadster using the same transmission. The Coupé with manual transmission, including quattro drive, weighs just 1,450 kilograms (3,196.70 lb); its power-to-weight ratio is 4.0 kilograms (8.82 lb) per horsepower.

The power-to-weight ratio of the Roadster is 4.2 kilograms (9.26 lb) per horsepower. The design of the car is completed by the 19-inch wheels featuring the five-arm “Rotor” design, wrapped in 255/35 tires. The adaptive damping system known as Audi magnetic ride is available as an option. A large, fixed rear wing increases downforce at the back of the car.

The car also features the Singleframe radiator grille. The Carbon design package gives the engine compartment a more exclusive look. Moreover, the gear knob features an aluminum-look trim ring and a TT RS plus badge. Regarding the price, the Audi TT RS Plus Coupe with manual transmission will cost €60,650 in Germany or €62,800 with the seven-speed S tronic . The TT RS plus Roadster will be more expensive and will have a list price of €63,500 or €65,650 respectively. The car will hit the European dealerships this spring.

Audi’s TT RS is the Audi RS family’s first classic sports car. Like the Audi RS6 and the Audi RS4, the Audi TT RS was created and developed by Germany-based quattro GmbH as one pure, no-holds-barred driving machine. The TT RS features a new 6-speed manual transmission that conveys its engine's exceptional power.

It also allows for easy and precise operation mainly attributable to its specially designed shift lever with a particularly short shift travel. A sportily narrow gear ratio spread and a high efficiency ratio are also among the defining characteristics of the car’s transmission.

TT RS boasts quattro’s permanent all-wheel drive as its standard equipment. The heart of the TT RS lies at its rear axle, consisting of a hydraulic multi-plate clutch that is electronically controlled. The clutch can redirect a majority of the vehicle’s torque input from front to rear wheels.

What’s more, a powerful electrical pump, together with an accumulator, presses the clutch's plates together through hydraulic pressure within just milliseconds. Add-ons to the quattro powertrain also include constant velocity joint before two heavy-duty components: a compact rear-axle differential and propeller shaft.

The quattro drivetrain gives the Audi TT RS fascinating dynamics, superb stability, and outstanding traction. The car’s superior handling truly shines when you wind through rural routes or go on some laps around a racetrack. Every mile you drive on the Audi TT RS gives you a distilled essence of sportiness, evident in its precise and responsive steering, the neutrality at cornering limit, the instantaneous chassis reactions, the grip as you exit a curve, and the thrilling power of its engine.

Press Release

Even more dynamic: the Audi TT RS plus

  • Coupé and Roadster boosted to 265 kW (360 hp)
  • Zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds; top speed increased to 280 km/h
  • Average fuel consumption just 8.5 liters per 100 km


Even more powerful, even faster, even more dynamic: Early 2012 will see the launch of the Audi TT RS plus. This compact sports car, in both Coupé and Roadster versions, stands out for its awe-inspiring performance. Its power-boosted five-cylinder turbo delivers 265 kW (360 hp), sufficient for a top speed of 280 km/h (173.98 mph).

The 2.5-liter TFSI in the Audi TT RS plus is a high-performance engine. Compared with the engine on which it is based, this turbocharged direct-injection unit delivers 15 kW (20 hp) more power. It produces 465 Nm (342.97 lb-ft) of torque, 15 Nm (11.06 lb-ft) more than before. Customers can choose between a manual six-speed transmission and the seven-speed S tronic with its lightning-fast gearshifts. The dual-clutch transmission comes with a launch control function which optimizes acceleration from a standing start. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which operates with a multi-plate clutch, transfers engine power to the road in supreme style.

The TT RS plus unites dynamics and efficiency in a most impressive way. Against the backdrop of the five-cylinder engine's characteristic roaring and growling, the Coupé with S tronic catapults from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.3 seconds). The Roadster completes the same exercise in 4.2 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.4 seconds). Top speed is limited to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) for all versions of the car. The Coupé with S tronic uses an average of just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg); the Roadster uses 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.35 US mpg).

Alongside numerous efficiency-improving measures, these top figures are due primarily to the extremely lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) bodies made of aluminum at the front and sheet steel at the rear. The Coupé with manual transmission, including quattro drive, weighs just 1,450 kilograms (3,196.70 lb); its power-to-weight ratio is 4.0 kilograms (8.82 lb) per horsepower. The power-to-weight ratio of the Roadster is 4.2 kilograms (9.26 lb) per horsepower.

The high-performance brake system is able to cope with the engine's power at all times. Four-piston fixed calipers in conjunction with perforated brake disks are installed on the front axle. The Audi TT RS plus is fitted with 19-inch cast wheels of five-arm "Rotor" design; they are painted black with contrasting red rim flanges. The wheels are fitted with 255/35 tires. The adaptive damping system known as Audi magnetic ride is available as an option. A large, fixed rear wing increases downforce at the back of the car.

The Singleframe radiator grille also sets the Audi TT RS plus apart visually: Its diamond-pattern mesh is in highly polished anthracite, its trim frame has a matt aluminum-look finish. The housings of the exterior mirrors are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The dual-branch sport exhaust system has black oval tailpipe trims. A sound flap further intensifies the sound of the engine. The Carbon design package gives the engine compartment a more exclusive look. The knob on the gear or selector lever features an aluminum-look trim ring and a TT RS plus badge.

The TT RS plus Coupé with manual transmission costs €60,650 in Germany or €62,800 with the seven-speed S tronic . The TT RS plus Roadster has a list price of €63,500 or €65,650 respectively.

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