A five-cylinder engine will be under the hood of the new Audi TT RS, which would be available either as a coupé or roadster. This TFSI powerplant – a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with FSI direct gasoline injection – could develop up to 250 kW (340 bhp) in output and 450 Nm (331.90 lb.-ft.) of torque, or a specific output of 100.8 kW (137.1 bhp) per liter.
The new Audi TT RS – which comes with a quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a high-performance chassis – has become a well-designed high-performance sports car. It is not the first time that Audi made use of high-powered five-cylinder gasoline engines.
Among them was the turbocharged 2.1-liter engine in the Audi quattro. Audi launched the first version in 1980, developing 147 kW (200 bhp). One notable five-cylinder was the motorsport-inspired Sport quattro in 1984, providing 225 kW (306 bhp) in output.
Now, Audi is offering a new five-cylinder designed from scratch, giving the Audi TT RS an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. For instance, the 1,450-kilogram (3,196.70 pounds) Audi TT RS Coupé features a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.3 kilograms per bhp. On the other hand, the 1,510-kilogram (3,328.98 pounds) Audi TT RS Roadster has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.4 kilograms per bhp.
Audi was able to make both the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roaders as light as possible by employing an extremely lightweight and largely aluminum body, which was constructed using the Audi Space Frame principle. With these ratios, both body styles of the TT RS boast of outstanding acceleration numbers.
The Audi TT RS Coupé could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds while the TT RS Roadster could accelerate from nil to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Both the 2+2-seat coupé and the two-seat roadster have an official limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph), although customers could opt to have Audi raise the ceiling to 280 km/h (173.98 mph).
Moreover, with a maximum torque of 450 Nm (331.90 lb.-ft.) available between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm, the Audi TT RS has remarkable pulling power, allowing it to overtake without much effort. Likewise, consider the fact that the Audi TT RS boasts of a drag coefficient of just 0.3.
Audi will commence selling the Audi TT RS begin in March and start deliveries this summer.
As for its looks, the new Audi TT RS instantly impresses with its wickedly styled exterior that runs over its length of 4.20 meters (13.78 feet). At front are spoiler pointed downward into a splitter as well as large and squared air inlets with diamond-shaped inserts.
Remarkably focused at front is the high-gloss black single frame grille with a frame in matt aluminum look and the TT RS badge. The vehicle's front fascia is completed by xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. On the sides, the Audi TT RS features five-twin spoke large wheels, exterior-mirror casings in matt aluminum look and aggressive side sills.
Its rear part, meanwhile, is marked by two large oval exhaust tailpipes moved apart from each other and that are encircled by a diffuser insert and made prominent by a TT RS badge. Featured as standard is a stationary rear spoiler that could automatically extend and retract.
Interested buyers could avail of the Audi TT RS in eight colors, including four exclusive options -- Daytona Gray, pearl effect; Mugello Blue, pearl effect; Sepang Blue, pearl effect; and Suzuka Gray, metallic. Moreover, the retractable soft top of the Roadster could be availed in either black or dark gray.