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Audi TT RS ROADSTER TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic

Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
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Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic
Audi TT TT RS TFSI Quattro 2dr S Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG35.30
  • 0-62mph3.9 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02182 g/km
  • BHP400
  • Torque354 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

Audi's improved TT RS might not offer quite the tactility of some of its best rivals but as a pure road car, it could well make more sense, being fast, beautifully finished and superbly equipped. As usual, buyers choose from Coupe or Roadster bodystyles.

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The RS derivative of Audi's TT is the most powerful version of this car we've seen yet. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the improved version.

Background

The Audi TT started life as a design icon, an acutely modern trinket to be looked at and lusted after but one that never completely convinced as a driver's car, perhaps, in truth, because it was little more than a Volkswagen Golf with a prettier look. The current improved third generation version though, is much more its own car, so the idea of a 400PS 2.5-litre TFSI engine beneath the bonnet has quite an appeal. If you're a real Audi fan, the combination of four-wheel drive and a charismatic five cylinder turbo can really only bring to mind one car: the legendary 1980 Audi Quattro. This RS, the Germans tell us, is its spiritual successor. No pressure there then. Yet you can't deny that it's been equipped for the task. It's a tantalising prospect.

Driving Experience

You buy an Audi TT RS for its engine. If you merely wanted a very quick Audi TT, the TTS model with its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine more than fits the bill. It's good for 306PS and delivers its power effectively in almost all weathers. The RS is an altogether more charismatic thing, the warbling of its in-line 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine harking back to more famous Quattros of the past. In RS guise, that engine has been massaged to 400PS in its current form. It only comes mated to 7-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission and will catapult you from rest to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds in Coupe form. The Roadster is only two tenths of a second slower and whether you choose soft top or metal roof, the top speed can be 174mph if you ask your dealer to remove the 155mph limiter. And through the corners? Well, the progressive steering, whose ratio becomes ever more direct with increasing steering input, is RS-tuned. Targeted spring and damper modifications make the chassis with technically elaborate four-link rear suspension more dynamic and precise. The body sits ten millimetres lower than the base model, and this also applies for the optional 'RS sport suspension plus with Audi magnetic ride' set-up. Here, the damping characteristic can be changed electronically using the Audi 'drive select' driving mode system.

Design and Build

The TT RS has never looked so athletic, whether you order it on coupe or open-topped roadster form. The redrawn front end and the striking rear give it a dynamic appearance and LED headlights are standard. Lateral air inlets, which have been enlarged onc this revised model, are each divided by vertical strips on the inside and outside and extend almost all the way to the front wheel wells, making this TT RS appear extremely wide. For cooling purposes there are additional radiators located behind the typical RS honeycomb grill. At the rear, a newly designed fixed rear wing with side winglets catches the eye. Two large oval exhaust tailpipes create the signature RS finish. Inside, the controls and display in the TT RS are focused completely on the driver. There are RS sport seats and RS logos on the seats, steering wheel, door sill trims, and selector levers. Plus special RS displays in the standard 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit instrument binnacle screen provide information on tyre pressure, torque, and g-forces. In manual mode, the shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached. In addition to multifunction buttons, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles features two satellite controls for turning the engine on and off as well as the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Market and Model

Prices for this TT RS start at around £55,000 for the Coupe model and you'll need the best part of £60,000 for a well-specified Roadster version. So yes, you're looking at Porsche 718 Cayman S and Porsche 718 Boxster S money. Options include the Audi 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch' package, including free text search and natural voice control, as well as the 'Audi connect' online module with its Wi-Fi hotspot. Using the 'Audi phone box' package, compatible mobile phones can be charged inductively and paired with the onboard antennae for optimal reception. The latest Audi smartphone interface technology displays selected apps from the handset directly in the Audi virtual cockpit instrument display. And the Bang & Olufsen sound system will be a highlight for fans of audio acoustics. The TT RS Coupe and the TT RS Roadster are fitted as standard with 19-inch cast wheels. The optional RS design package adds red or blue highlights to the car on the air vent doors, the seat belts, and the floor mats with the RS logo. The extended RS design package also offers contrasting design elements on the seats and centre console. As a further option, the RS sport suspension plus is available with adaptive dampers in Audi magnetic ride technology. Their control technology is also integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Cost of Ownership

Audi has worked hard at improving the fuel economy of this RS model's 2.5-litre TFSI engine and given the performance on offer here, the efficiency figures are pretty impressive. The WLTP-rated figures (converted back to NEDC2-spec) suggest a combined cycle figure of 34.9-35.8mpg and a CO2 emissions reading of 183-181g/km. The might of this award-winning powerplant is channelled via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The dual-clutch transmission impresses with high efficiency and a large spread - its lower gears are short and the seventh gear has a long transmission ratio to reduce consumption. A plate heat exchanger controls the temperature of the transmission oil; a new angle drive to the propeller shaft reduces the weight by about two kilograms. It all helps. The TT RS model's cachet will keep residual values sturdy - in the short term at least - though if you go too far in expensive options, you'll still feel the pain come resale time. Insurance isn't going to be cheap. And if you're thinking of doing some trackday tyre smoking, bear in mind that the bespoke tyres supplied will be fearsomely pricey to replace.

Summary

Anyone who still thinks Audi's TT is a bit soft is way behind the times. In this RS guise, it can live with the fastest and the best, accelerating as if on a mission, gripping the road like a limpet and it turning into corners like a shark turning towards a meal. Is it as charismatic as the original Audi Quattro? Perhaps not. Is it a better sportscar? Very definitely yes. But then, bettering a 30-year old design, you might think, isn't too difficult. Matching the cream of the world's finest £60,000 sportscars: well that's a lot more difficult. That this Audi does it so easily should make rival brands worried.

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Exterior Features
Retractable rear spoiler
Solid paint
All weather LED headlights
Aluminium door mirror housings
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Auto headlight range control
Body colour bumpers
Electric front windows
Electrically adjustable,foldable and heated auto dimming on driver side and automatic kerb view dipping function on the passenger side
Fabric hood - Black
Front spoiler
Fully automatic acoustic hood
Green tinted heat insulating glass
High beam assist
LED daytime running lights
LED rear lights
Light and rain sensors
RS design body styling
Sunband for windscreen
TTRS fixed rear wing
Twin oval tailpipes
Wind deflector
Interior Features
Fine nappa leather with Super sport seats + "TTRS" embossing, Electric 4 way lumbar support, Manual seat adjust height/fore/aft/backrest angle
3 spoke flat bottomed alcantara sports leather multifunction steering wheel including paddle shift
Alcantara gear knob gaiter
Aluminium door sill trims
Black headlining
Deluxe auto air conditioning with integrated digital display
Electric lumbar support
Front centre armrest
Front head restraints
Front passenger seat isofix location point
Heated front seats
Height adjustable driver's seat
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Interior elements in slate grey
Tool kit
TTRS badge on the steering wheel
TTRS exhaust sound button in centre console
Safety
Black brake callipers
Tyre pressure warning
3 point front seat belts
ABS
ASR traction control
Curtain airbags
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
EDL traction control
Electromechanical parking brake
ESP
First aid kit
Front side airbags
Hill hold assist
Roll over bars
RS brake system
Seatbelt warning
Warning triangle
Wheels
19" 5 arm polygon design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Driver Convenience
Audi active lane assist
Audi connect
Audi drive select
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi phone box
Audi smartphone interface
Audi Virtual Cockpit with sport gauge
Cruise control + speed limiter
MMI Navigation plus
MMI touch panel
Mobile phone preparation with bluetooth interface
Progressive power assisted steering
Seat belt microphone
Service interval indicator
Start/stop system
Entertainment
Audi music interface
Audi sound system
Auxiliary input socket
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Digital radio
MMI Radio with CD player and SD/XC card slot
Packs
Extended leather package - TT RS
LED interior light pack - TT/TT RS
Non smoking pack - TT/TT RS
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti theft wheel bolts
Immobiliser
Keyless Go
Remote central locking
Technical
TT RS specification sports suspension
Trim
Aluminium race design inlay
Extended aluminium look with stainless steel pedals
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 182
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 213
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 214
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 213
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2480
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 5
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82.5
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 20
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 35.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 9.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 9.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 30.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 30.1
General
Badge Engine CC 2.5
Badge Power 400
Coin Description T FSI Quattro
Coin Series TT RS
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 45E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 3.9
Engine Power - BHP 400
Engine Power - KW 294
Engine Power - RPM 5850
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 354
Engine Torque - MKG 49
Engine Torque - NM 480
Engine Torque - RPM 1950
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/35 R19
Tyre Size Rear 245/35 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 ARM POLYGON DESIGN
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1343
Length 4201
Wheelbase 2505
Width (including mirrors) 1966
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 55
Gross Vehicle Weight 1885
Max. Loading Weight 345
Minimum Kerbweight 1540
No. of Seats 2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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36 months 10,000 miles p/a £827.57 p/m £44.77 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £743.33 p/m £58.63 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Lease Type
Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist £595.00
Camera based traffic sign recognition £155.00
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Delete rear spoiler FOC
Matt Aluminum exterior styling £800.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
RS sport exhaust system £1,000.00
Special solid paint £575.00
Interior Features
Alcantara/leather upholstery with RS embossing + contrasting silver stitching in steering wheel and gear knob gaiter FOC
Headroom heating £495.00
Packs
Blue styling pack - TT RS £925.00
Extended blue styling pack - TT RS £1,125.00
Red styling pack - TT RS £925.00
Storage and luggage pack - TT/TT RS £175.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Tango red £575.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £575.00
Solid - Nardo grey FOC
Special solid - Pulse orange £575.00
Special solid - Turbo blue £575.00
Special solid - Vegas yellow £575.00
Safety
Red brake callipers £335.00
Tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system £250.00
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Black with black stitching with RS embossing + contrasting silver stitching in steering wheel and gear knob gaiter FOC
Fine nappa leather - Black with ara blue stitching + Super sport seats + "TTRS" embossing, Electric 4 way lumbar, Manual seat adjust height FOC
Fine nappa leather - Black with black stitching + Super sport seats + "TTRS" embossing, Electric 4 way lumbar, Manual seat adjust height FOC
Fine nappa leather - Black with express red stitching + Super sport seats + "TTRS" embossing, Electric 4 way lumbar, Manual seat adjust height FOC
Wheels
19" 5-arm polygon style cast alloy wheels in glossy anthracite black, diamond cut finish £300.00
19" 5-arm polygon style cast alloy wheels in matt titanium look, diamond cut finish £300.00
20" 7-spoke rotor style cast alloy wheels £1,395.00
20" 7-spoke rotor style cast alloy wheels in matt titanium look, diamond cut finish £1,695.00
* option prices shown are estimated