2012 Geneva Motor Show: Audi reveals faster, more powerful TT RS Plus

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 6, 2012

Audi is set to launch the TT RS plus in Roadster and Coupé versions early this year. The vehicle is powered by a five-cylinder turbo, which provides 265 kW (360 hp), enough to achieve a top speed of 280 km/h (173.98 mph). The 2.5-liter TFSI used in the Audi TT RS plus is a high-performance engine. Compared with the engine on which it is derived, this direct-injection, turbocharged powerplant provides 15 kW (20 hp) more power.

It also generates a torque of 465 Nm (342.97 lb-ft), which is 15 Nm (11.06 lb-ft) more than before. The vehicle comes in either the seven-speed S tronic with lightning-fast gearshifts or a manual six-speed transmission. The dual-clutch transmission has a launch control function which optimizes acceleration from a standstill. In addition, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system brings engine power to the road in supreme style. It operates with a multi-plate clutch. How the TT RS plus combines efficiency and dynamics is very impressive indeed.

The Coupé fitted with S tronic accelerates to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) from a standstill in 4.1 seconds. The same acceleration is achieved by the Coupé with manual transmission in 4.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the Roadster version with S tronic completes this same routine in 4.2 seconds while the one with manual transmission can achieve the feat in 4.4 seconds. For all of the vehicle variants, the top speed is limited to 280 km/h (173.98 mph). The S tronic-equipped Coupé utilizes an average of 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg) only while the Roadster consumes 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.35 US mpg). 

The vehicle model has a high-performance brake system, which can cope with the power of the engine anytime. Four-piston fixed calipers matched with perforated brake disks are fitted on the front axle. The Audi TT RS plus features 19-inch cast wheels of five-arm “Rotor” design, which are finished in black paint with contrasting red rim flanges. The wheels are equipped with 255/35 tires.

The Audi magnetic ride, which is an adaptive damping system, is offered as an option. The vehicle model also has a large, fixed rear wing, which boosts downforce at the rear. In Germany, the TT RS plus Coupé fitted with manual transmission has a price tag of €60,650 while the one with the seven-speed S tronic costs €62,800. The TT RS plus Roadster has a list price of €63,500 for the unit with manual transmission and €65,650 for the S tronic-equipped one.

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