Summers Not Yet Over As Audi Reveals the New TT RS
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Audi’s TT RS has supercar capabilities for sports car pricing, but what exactly does that mean? The Germans have reduced weight here, there and everywhere. One place is the 2.5-litre 5- cylinder engine which is 26 kg lighter. Nevertheless, performance is up by 17% from 340 hp to 400hp.
Torque has also shot up from 450 Nm to 480 Nm. This all allows the TT RS to reach 62 mph in 3.7 seconds (or 3.9 seconds for the soft top).
The electronically limited 155 mph top speed can even be lifted to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic Package Plus.
Choose between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual at your leisure, and the system will automatically adjust the RS-specific progressive steering, throttle response, exhaust flaps, quattroall-wheel-drive and the 2 kg lighter 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
There’s no doubt that the RS stands out. It’s 10 mm lower than the regular TT, however this doesn’t mean a trade-off in comfort thanks to the ‘magnetic ride’ which, Audi claims, can change to the road conditions and driving style in miliseconds.
Up front, large air inlets, an imposing singleframe honeycomb grille and aerodynamically-styled side sills help it cut through the air with a Cd rating of 0.32-0.33.
For the real fans out there, you can upgrade the standard front ventilated, perforated steel discs with 8-piston calipers to optional carbon ceramics.
If the standard set suffices, though, they  measure 370 mm up front and 310 mm at the back.
Inside, the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit can display RS-specific details such as individual tyre conditions.
Options include wireless phone charging and a high-end Bang & Olufsen soundsystem. Outside, the standard LED tail lights can be upgraded to the Matrix system for a fee.
Ok, so now the important part. The Coupé can be ordered in the UK from late September and comes in at £51,800, with the Roadster carrying a £1,750 supplement.
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