Audi is introducing its latest road machines at the Beijing Motor Show – the highly potent Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster. These newest iterations of the Audi TT RS Coupé and the Audi TT TS Roadster are powered by a new aluminum five-cylinder engine that provides up to 400 hp, or around 60 hp more than their predecessor.
This power plant in focus is the 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder that boasts of higher power output and performance despite the unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. This power plant – named “Engine of the Year” six consecutive times – is now of lightweight construction and features lower internal friction and higher power delivery.
This allowed the engine to deliver 17-percent more output than its predecessor while developing up to 480 Nm (354.0 lb.-ft.) of torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. With these specs, this five-cylinder turbo engine allows the TT RS Coupé to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the Roadster can reach this speed in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is restricted at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), but could be adjusted to 280 km/h (173.9 mph) upon request.
This level of power is best utilized when a vehicle offers the best traction. That is why power from the engine is sent via a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
This system features a multi-plate clutch that distributes the power spontaneously between the axles, thereby resulting to strong grip and corresponding driving pleasure. Moreover, that wheel-selective torque control allows for a more agile and safer handling. Drivers could also exert some control over the quattro drive and other elements like steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps through Audi drive select system, which allows for four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
Contributing much to the superb performance of the new Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster is its sporty chassis, which has a direct steering that allows for closer contact with the road. Placed at the front axle are ventilated and perforated steel discs as standard, or lighter and abrasion-resistant carbon-fiber ceramic discs as options.
A steel monoblock disc is employed at the rear axle. Also available is RS sport suspension with adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology that enables the damping characteristics to be manipulated electronically. Its control technology is also integrated into the Audi drive select.
Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, noted the technologies found in the new Audi TT RS, including the new 400-hp aluminum five-cylinder engine, the quattro drive and the Matrix OLED technology in the rear lights.