A year after Audi unveiled the new generation of the Audi TT RS, the German premium carmaker is now bringing the most powerful road-going TT to the United States in spring 2017 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $64,900 (excluding destination charge of $975, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges). But before the big sale comes, Audi is unveiling the new 2018 Audi TT RS to the American public at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
The highly potent Audi TT RS will be powered by a new aluminum five-cylinder TFSI engine that while having the same capacity of 2,480 cc (2.5 liters) as its predecessor, is able to provide higher output and performance. Featuring lightweight construction made from aluminum, this new 2.5-liter TFSI engine boasts of lower internal friction and higher power delivery. In fact, it could deliver up to 400 hp of output, or around 17 percent (60 hp) output more than its predecessor. It could also deliver up to 354 lb.-ft. (480 Nm) of peak torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm.
With these power specs, this new 2.5-liter turbo engine enables the new TT RS to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, although its top speed is restricted at 155 mph (250 km/h). This limitation on the top speed is lifted to 174 mph (280 km/h) when the optional Dynamic plus package is availed. Power from this dynamic engine is sent via a quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. This quattro permanent all-wheel drive features a multi-plate clutch that could distribute the power spontaneously between the axles, which means that the new Audi TT RS gets stronger grip while delivering more driving pleasure. Drivers could somewhat have control over some elements through Audi drive select system, which enables for four drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
To differentiate the TT RS from its standard sibling, it is laden with an array of reinterpreted sporty elements like the 3D Singleframe grille with the signature quattro script and larger air intakes as well as fixed rear wing spoiler and large oval tailpipes. Fitted as standard equipment are full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights as well as LED taillights with dynamic turn signals. Customers may avail of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) units for its rear taillights.
The new Audi TT RS rides on 19-inch, five-arm Galvano silver wheels wrapped in summer performance tires. Also available is a set of 20-inch seven-spoke Galvano silver forged wheels wrapped in summer tires. In addition, the new TT RS features – as standard – the Matte Alu-optic exterior styling package that includes exterior mirror housings and front blade in matte Alu-optic. Also finished in matte Alu-optic are its rear diffusor and the Singleframe grille surround.