The Audi TT RS was revealed in both coupe and convertible form at the Beijing Motor Show, Ingolstadt’s latest performance models boast 395 horsepower. Audi’s recipe for the TT RS is basically the same as in year’s past. Instead of the four-cylinder you find in the TT and TT S, the RS has a turbo 2.5 liter five-cylinder.
The TT RS has switched from a cast-iron crankcase – albeit a rather fancy compacted vermicular cast-iron – to an aluminium one. This change saves 18kg, and actually the whole engine is 26kg lighter than the old one. New intake systems and pistons mean it’s worth hanging onto the gears longer, as peak power is sustained all the way to 7000rpm.
That represents an increase of 40 hp over the previous version, accompanied by 354 pound-feet of torque. Channeled to all four wheels in typical Quattro style, those 400 horses will propel the TT RS to 62 miles per hour from a standstill in as little as 3.7 seconds.
That is enough to undercut the new Porsche 718 Cayman S, and will leave the vast majority of drivers on the road or track looking at its pair of oval tailpipes, OLED taillights, and fixed rear wing rather than the new front end with its oversized air intakes. Those lucky enough to find themselves inside the new TT RS will find a pair of low-slung bucket seats along with standard TT fare like a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display, Audi Connect infotainment system, and inductive smartphone charging.
There’s lots of serious stuff beyond the numbers, too, with a 10mm suspension drop, lightweight sports seats and large brakes. Your only gearbox option is a seven-speed paddleshifter, but it has its own ratios, and you get launch control. Tick the right options boxes and you can have adaptive suspension control, carbon ceramic brakes and a 174mph top speed. As standard, there’s a 155mph limiter.
US pricing and availability are still being worked out, but Audi of America say we should see it in showrooms sometime next year. The starting price of €66,400 listed for Europe works out to nearly $75,000.