New Audi TT RS bows in Beijing



Audi revealed the more powerful TT RS (in Coupe and Roadster forms) at the Beijing Motor Show.

We recently had the Audi TTS on test and we were impressed with its performance and handling capabilities. Audi has now gone a step further with the introduction of a more powerful TT RS version powered by a revised five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged engine.

Audi South Africa has confirmed that the TT RS Coupe will become available in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017. The TT RS Roadster will not be offered in South Africa. 

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More power for Audi TT RS

The Audi TT RS will offer more performance thrills with power output at 298 kW from its 5-cylinder 2.5-litre mill. That’s significantly more power when compared with the TT 2.0T with 169 kW / 370 Nm and the 2.0 TTS with 210 kW / 380 Nm. Torque is up too, with the TT RS offering a peak output of 480 Nm.

With quattro all-wheel drive, the TT RS Coupe is claimed to sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds while the Roadster is capable of achieving the benchmark in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 kph, but can be increased to 280 kph as an option.


The TT RS sits lower and is lighter than the outgoing model. The TT RS Roadster is fitted with a fabric roof that can open and close in 10 seconds at speeds up to 50 kph. Visually, the TT RS is distinguished with a fixed rear spoiler, whereas other TT models are fitted with a retractable rear spoiler. The front air intakes are also noticeably larger and the TT RS rides on specific 19 or 20-inch wheels. The new model can also be had in special colour variations of Nardo grey or Catalunya Red.

On the inside, the TT RS is fitted with RS sports seats, but the interior is otherwise much the same as those other derivatives in the TT range. The interior of the TT is top-notch and the Audi Virtual Cockpit lies at the heart of its design.

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