2010 Audi TT-RS by ABT Sportsline

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 5, 2010

ABT Sportsline has given the Audi TT RS a new tuning package that boosts its output to 501hp. In comparison, the stock vehicle offers 340 hp while its previous package had gotten the output up to 420hp.

This latest tuning package, which is named the ABT POWER S, features what the previous one had and adds a new turbocharger. According to ABT’s press release, the “RS” in the Audi TT RS “now more than ever stands for Racing Sport” as it offers “driving enjoyment, sportiness and the feeling of DTM and ADAC GT Masters champions.”

The excellent driving characteristics and tuning of the ABT TT-RS is credited to Christian Abt. ABT sums up its new package as offering “maximum motorsport feeling with maximum everyday usability.” With a 500hp rating, it’s expected that the Coupe and the Cabrio versions of the TT RS will offer an astounding performance.

The car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph sprint in four seconds and can reach 181 mph (292 km/h). The new tuning package provides a set of 19 and 20 inch BR and CR Superlight alloy rims, which have a dynamic design that emphasizes the sporty lines of the car and come with high performance tires.

Audi RS family finally has a member that it can consider a classic sports car. Developed by quattro GmbH, the Audi TT RS is similar to the Audi RS4 and even the Audi RS6 in that it is a 100% no-holds-barred driving machine. The incredible power being offered by this car is transmitted through the new six-speed manual transmission.

With a shift lever that has been specially designed to have a short shift travel, precise and easy operation is ensured. Another significant feature of the transmission is the high efficiency ratio in addition to the narrow spread of its gear ratios. This sports car has the quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

However, its main feature can be found at its rear axle and this is the electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. What it does is that depending on the situation, the clutch is able to redirect most of the torque input coming from the front wheels to its rear wheels.

Thus in less than a second, an electric pump works together with an accumulator and through hydraulic pressure can press together the clutch’s plates. The quattro powertrain also has a constant velocity joint placed before the heavy-duty parts, which are the compact rear-axle differential and propeller shaft.

The quattro drivetrain is what gives the TT RS its amazing stability, outstanding traction, and fascinating dynamics. In fact, the handling of the TT RS excels when it is driven for several laps on the racetrack or even the winding roads in the countryside.

Every time the Audi TT RS is driven, one can feel its spirit of sportiness. These can be through the power of the engine; the grip it shows while exiting a curve; and the neutrality at the cornering limit. There is of course the almost immediate reaction of the chassis and the responsive steering.

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