Car News 26 Apr 2016

Audi launch new 395bhp TT RS

Audi has unveiled the new TT RS at the Beijing Auto Show. The second-generation car is the most powerful TT to date, and will be offered as both a Coupe and a Roadster.

The new Audi TT RS is the first model to receive Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-litre inline five-cylinder petrol engine, with new a weight saving aluminium block. The updated engine produces 395bhp with 354lb ft of torque, pushing the TT RS Coupe from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. The Roadster, due to it’s extra weight, is capable of 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. Each has a limited top speed of 155mph, which if raised hits 174mph.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The Chassis sits 10mm lower than its predecessor and has stiffer springs and dampers. Audi’s Drive Select allows for selection of different driving characteristics, including customised modes for the transmission, drivetrain, exhaust flaps and engine. Audi’s new TT RS comes with Launch control software and steering-mounted shift paddles as standard. Optional extras include RS sport suspension, 20in alloy wheels, ceramic brakes and adaptive magnetic dampers.

Styling has been updated, including new front and rear bumpers, a large rear fixed spoiler, oval exhaust pipes, larger air inlets and optional OLED tail-lights. Internally, the cabin gets an RS-specific Virtual Cockpit, with shift light and a 12.3-inch screen. The TT is finished with an RS design package, featuring a Sport leather steering wheel, grey or red seat belt trim, RS mats and Carbonfibre inserts.

Only 50 models are headed for the UK this year, with deliveries starting as early as September. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, however European pricing starts at €66,400 for the Coupe and €69,200 for the Roadster.