June 11 is an important date for Audi and its enthusiasts. You have all probably heard something about the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) that people have been anticipating for the longest time. Though the A8 took the spotlight that day, the company also announced some pretty exciting things for other models in their lineup.
Audi Sport will be adding a number of Performance Parts the current TT and the R8 models. These upgrades range from exterior and interior design, to the suspension and exhaust system. The great thing about this is that you can just hand over your current ride, and they’ll do the work for you; there is no need to buy a new car.
One of the few upgrades would be the new sport brake linings that are of better quality compared to the original ones, they take longer to fade and can work with both the steel and ceramic brakes. These linings will be paired with titanium carrying plates, which will reduce about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram). For the TT RS, the company can fit in steel front brake discs with your choice of cooling kits - all of them are compatible with the standard trim, and the higher TTS and TT RS trims.
The Performance Parts catalog also offers much lighter 20-inch wheels in black, that reduces as much as 16 pounds (7.2 kilograms) for the TT and up to 18 pounds (8 kg) on the R8. Together with the wheels are sport tires and a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle. Customers can opt for two- or three-way coilover suspensions too.
As for the exhaust system, Akrapovic has developed a titanium muffler especially for the TTS and TT RS. They can make your current R8 much sleeker than it already is with the new aerodynamic body kits. For instance, it can now produce 551 lbs (250 kg) at 205 miles per hour (330 kilometers per hour), doubling the downforce to 114 lbs (52 kg) when driving at 93 miles per hour.
Amongst all the upgrades, the one you would notice first would probably be the large air vent on the hood. More aerodynamic upgrades include rear wings and splitters to boost the TT’s performance. The R8’s new parts are all made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, while the TT gets that and plastic parts - all pieces will have the “Audi Sport” logo on them.
Moving into the car’s interior, you can now upgrade to an Alcantara trimmed steering wheel, together with CFRP shift paddles. For the TT, you can lose the rear seats (as they are not the best ones anyway) to cut down 44 pounds (20 kg) off the total weight.
The new Performance Parts will be released in Germany this summer, before they get exported to other countries.