MONSTROUS POWER : Audi's new TT RS coupe, due in SA in 2017, will use the company's familiar 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine uprated to 294kW. Image: Supplied
Beijing, China - Audi showed its At the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, Audi is presenting its Coupé and its Roadster for the first time to the world’s public.
Audi South Africa confirmed that only the coupe will be made available in Mzansi, likely to be in the second quarter of 2017. The TT RS Roadster will not be made available in South Africa.
Close to 300kW
A jury of international motoring journalists has voted the 2.5 TFSI "Engine of the Year" six times in a row. Now Audi has further developed its five-cylinder engine to deliver 294kW/480Nm.
The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and the Roadster in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h, or 280km/h upon "special request".
Gallery: 2017 Audi TT RS coupe
The 2.5 TFSI engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic and Quattro all-wheel drive. The wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. Using the Audi drive select system, the driver can influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps. The four driving modes available are comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
In addition to its light weight, the Audi TT RS has its sporty chassis to thank for its outstanding handling. The direct steering provides close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive challenging winding stretches.
At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the 19" alloys or 20" forged lightweight alloys as an option.
Alternatively, lighter and particularly abrasion-resistant carbon-fibred ceramic discs are available. At the back, a steel monoblock disc is used.
As an option, Audi supplies RS sport suspension plus adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology. In this case, the damping characteristics can be influenced electronically. The control technology is integrated into the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select.
Matrix OLED lights
For the first time in a series-production Audi, Matrix OLED technology (organic light emitting diode) is used in the rear lights as an option.
According to Audi: "These emit an extremely homogeneous, high-contrast light. The light can be continuously dimmed, it does not cast any shadows and does not require any reflectors – this makes the OLEDs in 3D design efficient, light and visually impressive."
Each rear light contains four wafer-thin units which become smaller from the inside out. The TT RS has LED rear lights and LED headlights as standard. Alternatively, the latter are available as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.
Large air-intakes, a singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes – the new TT RS Coupé and the new TT RS Roadster exude sporty design.
Along the flanks, aerodynamically-shaped side sills emphasize the dynamic design. Both models measure 4.19m long, 1.83m wide and 1.34m tall.
Inspired by race cars
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver. All information is displayed as standard on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3" screen.
The driver can choose from three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tire pressure, torque, and g-force, among other things.
The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver that the engine speed limit has been reached. For the first time in the RS portfolio, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two operating satellite buttons for turning the engine on and off as well as the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select, in addition to multi-function buttons.
This means that the driver’s hands stay on the wheel at all times. The driver can influence the exhaust flap control via the sound button on the centre console.