Audi RS: It’s the most powerful TT coupe yet

  • Five-cylinder 2.5-litre Audi TT RS TFSI makes 300kW
  • Quattro permanent AWD gives 100km/h in 3.6sec
  • All-wheel drive can send nearly all torque to rear
NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA
NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA

NEW YORK – With an all-new 2.5-litre, five-cylinder, engine delivering 300kW and 480Nm of torque, Audi says, the all-new 2017 Audi TT RS with all-wheel drive is the most powerful production TT yet.

It will have its debut at the 2017 New York auto show as part of the Audi Sport range..

A traction control system calibrated for the TT RS, Audi says, manages distribution for maximum acceleration and minimal slip to make a 3.6sec 0-100km/h time possible.

NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA
NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA

Top speed is listed as 250km/h or 280km/h with the optional Dynamic Plus package should you wish to race the car.

A large Borg Warner turbocharger is standard and a new dual-injection fuel system combines the benefits of indirect and direct injection through an “intelligent” engine management control.


Power flows through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch with also offers launch control through an automatic clutch and for the first time on the TT RS the all-wheel drive is part of the drive select system: so, there are four drive modes… comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.

NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA
NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA

Each lets the driver to change gearshift points, steering, throttle response and shock-absorber control through the standard “magnetic ride” shocks the operate with a synthetic blend of oils that contain tiny magnetic particles to adjust resistance.


The TT RS’ steering rack becomes increasingly direct when turning to, Audi says, “help to provide more road feedback”. An RS fixed sport suspension, included in the Dynamic plus package, offers a stiffer ride.

Two brake systems are offered though, Audi points out, they both have outstanding stopping performance. Standard are eight-piston monobloc brake calipers with 370mm ventilated and cross-drilled discs up front.

NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA

Front carbon-ceramic brake discs are in the Dynamic Plus package, saving 3.6kg and giving more resistance to brake fade.

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The cars’ design is pure TT coupe but with freshened sport elements that, the automaker says, “hark back the vehicle’s racing heritage”. There’s a fixed rear wing and large oval tailpipes proudly bellow the distinctive exhaust of the five-cylinder engine.

Exterior design highlights, listed by Audi, include:

⦁ Five-spoked 19″ Galvano or 20″, seven-spoked Galvano silver forged wheel rims
⦁ Standard diode headlights, daylight running lights and tail lights
⦁ Standard LED taillights with dynamic turn signals or available OLED taillights
⦁ Aluminium or carbon-fibre decorative inlays

Like the TT Coupe, the TT RS has S Sport seats/head-restraints with deeply adjustable bolsters, and from the TT Coupe comes the info screen in place of the usual instrument console.

NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA
NEW AUDI TT RS: Image: Audi US / Newspress USA

The three-spoked, multifunction, flat-bottomed, sport steering wheel carries gearshift paddles and buttons for engine start/stop and choice of drive settings. The rest of the instrument panel is entirely digital; 3D graphics transforms the way the driver interacts with vehicle displays.

Other optional interior highlights are listed as:

⦁ Heatable leather S sport seats with diamond stitching
⦁ Red contrast diamond stitching with seat perforations, red accents on air vents and seat belts, and RS mats
⦁ Eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar support and pneumatic side bolsters
⦁ Aluminum sill inlays with TT RS logo
⦁ Stainless-steel footrest and pedal caps

Additional optional infotainment features include:
⦁ MMI touchscreen satnav with a redesigned menu
⦁ Smartphone interface
⦁ Bang & Olufsen audio with 12 speakers
⦁ Audi Connect with online traffic info, weather updates, fuel prices, Apple Siri, internet radio streaming, verbal personalised news headlines and Twitter alert.
⦁ Blind-spot monitors

PRICE (in the US)

Audi TT RS – $64 900 (about R893 000 at time of publication, April 2017)

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