2017 Audi TT RS 07

The 2016 edition of the Beijing Motor Show begins this week with a slew of new and exciting cars making their global premieres. One of them is the second-generation Audi TT RS, which has been unveiled in coupe and roadster forms.

As suggested by the popular two-lettered designation, the TT RS claims its throne in the TT family with a powerful 2.5-litre TFSI five-cylinder engine. The aluminium mill produces 400 hp (60 more than the model it replaces) and 480 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm, sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic and Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

There’s no mention of a manual gearbox at all, so the dual-clutch unit could be the only transmission available for the sports car. Still, with a century sprint time of 3.7 seconds (3.9 for the roadster) and a top speed of 250 km/h (or 280 km/h on request), it will be difficult for three-pedal aficionados to look past the TT RS.

The car is 10 mm lower than the model it replaces, and the stock suspension can replaced with the optional RS sport suspension with magnetic adaptive dampers. Braking power is provided by standard steel discs, although buyers will have the option to swap for the grippier carbon ceramic discs. The steering, gearbox, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps can be controlled via Audi’s Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual Drive Select modes.

As for looks, the TT RS starts where the regular TT left and adds a number of functional sporty elements including bigger air intakes on the front bumper, a fixed rear wing, as well as a pair of large, oval exhaust tailpipes. The car is also the first Audi to feature Matrix OLED (organic light emitting diode) tail lights that give out a 3D effect. The TT RS rolls on 19-inch wheels as standard, with the option for 20-inch forged alloys.

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Inside, the TT RS is kitted with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster (or “virtual cockpit” in Audi-speak) that comes with a shift light and a special RS screen that displays the tyre pressure, torque and G-force. Apart from lightweight sport seats, there is also a leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with paddle shifters and R8-style Drive Select and engine start buttons.

The new Audi TT RS is expected go on sale in Europe later in the year. Prices start from 66,400 euros (RM291,966) for the coupe and 69,200 euros (RM304,278) for the roadster.





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