The new Audi TT RS – yes, the top version of the German carmaker’s facelifted TT model series – is now officially here. If you could remember, the range-topping TT RS Coupe and Roadster were visually absent when Audi unveiled the facelifted TT model series in July 2018. That got some worried, so Audi is allaying those worries.
As introduced by the brand with the Four Rings, the latest iteration of the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster boasts of completely redrawn front end. However, most of us won't be able to distinguish the newest TT RS models from their predecessors right away. It would take discerning eyes – especially those of Audi TT RS fans and enthusiasts – to know how the latest iterations differ visually from the previous model.
For instance, the lateral air intakes on the front bumper are now larger, each divided by vertical strips. In addition, the quattro logo -- in matt titanium-look – is located in the lower part of the gloss black grille that is surrounded by matt black Singleframe. The grille is flanked by LED headlights as standard, or by optional matrix LED units.
On the rear end, new Audi TT RS features a newly designed fixed rear wing with side winglets. This element helps support the range-topper’s performance and efficiency. The rear end also features two large oval exhaust tailpipes.
Customers can choose to wrap their new Audi TT RS with any of the eight available colors, including Kyalami green, Pulse orange and Turbo blue. Matt aluminum and gloss black styling packages are also available. The TT RS Roadster features a black fabric top.
Inside, the new Audi TT RS comes loaded with RS sport seats with the rhombus pattern in Alcantara as standard. The sports seats can optionally be availed with a honeycomb pattern in fine Nappa leather. RS logos are found on the seats, door sill trims, steering wheel as well as selector levers. The TT RS also features a 12.3-inch screen as well as RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles.
As for power, the new Audi TT RS is served by 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine that is capable of delivering up 294 kW (400 hp) of output and up to 480 Nm (354.0 lb.-ft.) of torque. Power is sent to all wheels (quattro permanent all-wheel drive) via a seven-speed S tronic gearbox, allowing the new TT RS Coupe to dash from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.7 seconds and to restricted top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). If a customer desires, the top speed can be optionally limited to 280 km/h (174 mph).
The forces of the five-cylinder engine flow via a seven-speed S tronic to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive that distributes the power as needed between the axles via a multi-plate clutch. Wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. The driver can use the Audi drive select dynamic handling system to influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic, and exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this are comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
Supporting this dynamism are elements like specifically adapted progressive steering, ventilated and perforated steel discs (front), as well as optional RS sport suspension plus with available adaptive dampers in Audi magnetic ride technology.
Interested customers can now order their new Audi TT RS with a starting price of EUR67,700 for the Coupé or EUR70,500 for the Roadster. The new Audi TT RS Coupé and Roadster will arrive at dealerships in Spring 2019.