Last week, Audi Australia revealed pricing and specifications for their range-topping TT for 2017. The TT RS - which will be offered simultaneously as a coupe and roadster - will be available locally starting at $137,900.
The TT RS will be offered a single high-spec variant, and there’s little that we don’t yet know about the compact rocket. As it was in the previous generation Mk2, this RS is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI petrol motor.
It’s an all-aluminium block and the internals have been heavily revised, Audi says, and now produces 294kW and 480Nm all while producing a soundtrack that evokes memories of Group B rallying in decades past while making it clear that it’s basically the R8’s V10 engine cut in half.
That shove is transmitted to four wheels via a rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive system and a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. That combination is potent enough to accelerate the TT RS (coupe) to a 100km/h from rest in 3.7 seconds, mere tenths away from their most powerful R8 V10 Plus. It’s top speed is limited to 250km/h.
It’s not the most efficient of engines, particularly when being pushed, but it’s still claimed to sip as little as 8.4-litres/100km on a combined cycle. Probably the most evident visual identifier the TT RS has is its enormous 20-inch alloys, looking magnified against the smallish TT body with a 10mm reduction in ride height and its pronounced brake calliper peeking behind the spokes. There’s also an aggressive bodykit and fixed rear wing that increases air flow for cooling as well as improving aerodynamics, respectively.
Being at the peak of the food chain, the TT RS will be equipped with a lot of top shelf bits from the Audi inventory. Naturally, the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is standard, tying into the MMI infotainment and navigation system with touch and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There are some options, however, such as a premium Bang and Olufsen sound system for $1,150 that replaces the standard nine-soaker array with twelve, an advanced lighting pack for $3,000 that delivers Audi’s Matrix LED headlights, OLED tail lamps, and dynamic indicators.
- Audi TT RS Coupe - $137,900
- Audi TT RS Roadster - $141,900