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More powerful than ever - new Audi TT RS Coupe unleashed in SA

2017-11-14 14:27

Sergio Davids

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Audi Sport presents the most powerful TT of all time, featuring a muscular body, newly developed five-cylinder engine and accompanied by its unmistakable sound.

Cape Town - Audi has launched its most powerful TT yet – the new TT RS Coupe.

The TT RS Coupé, priced at R963 000, sports a new design and a new five-cylinder petrol engine. 

The new model measures 4.19m long, 1.83m wide and 1.34m tall. The TT RS is available with either a fixed rear wing or a retractable rear spoiler. 

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The 2.5 TFSI is capable of 294kW/480Nm, enabling the TT to rocket from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Audi can govern the top speed to 250 km/h or will raise the top speed to 280 km/h upon request. Despite increased performance, the fuel consumption of the TT RS Coupé is 8.2litres/100km. 

The power of the 2.5 TFSI engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

The driver can use the Audi drive select system to influence the quattro drive; four modes available are comfort, auto, dynamic and individual.

GALLERY: 2017 Audi TT RS Coupe

At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the standard 19” wheels – or 20” forged lightweight wheels as an option. Alternatively, lighter and particularly abrasion-resistant carbon-fibre ceramic discs are available at an additional cost.

At the back, a steel monoblock disc is used. As an option, Audi supplies the RS sport suspension plus with adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology. 

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New 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. The TT RS has LED rear lights with dynamic indicators and LED headlights as standard. Alternatively, the latter are available as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.

Large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb pattern and quattro logo, and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes – the new TT RS Coupe sports an assertive design. 

Inspired by racing cars

For the first time in the RS portfolio, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two satellite controls for turning the engine on and off as well as the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, in addition to multifunction buttons. The driver can influence the exhaust flap control and thus the engine sound via the sound button on the center console.

In summary, drivers can control all important functions without having to take their hands off the steering wheel – just like in a race car.

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The RS-specific seat upholstery in V-perforated Fine Nappa leather, also in diamond pattern, is even more stylish and standard on the new model. It is available in three colour combinations: Black/grey, black/red or Murillo brown. The optional RS design package in red sets colour accents in the interior, including on the air vents, seat belts and floor mats with the RS logo. This includes a leather package that additionally upgrades elements of the interior in order to complete the premium cockpit.

The luggage compartment offers a basic capacity of 305 litres which can be increased to 712 litres by folding down the rear seat backs.


Audi also offers a range of high-end infotainment technology. The options include MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural language voice control. Using the Audi phone box, compatible cell phones can be charged inductively and paired with the on-board antenna for optimal reception. 

The Audi smartphone interface displays selected apps from the cell phone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch TFT monitor has a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels and presents all information in detailed, elaborately rendered graphics.

The virtual dial instruments, for example, are refreshed 60 times per second so that the motion of the needles is absolutely fluid, even under full acceleration. An optional Bang & Olufsen sound system is available.

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Standard equipment
The following equipment will be offered on the Audi TT RS Coupé as standard:
• 19” Audi Sport alloy wheels
• 4 way lumbar support
• Aluminium look in interior including aluminium race inlays
• Front and rear spoiler in body colour
• Audi drive select
• Audi music interface
• Audi virtual cockpit
• Audi sound system
• Bluetooth interface
• Cornering and poor weather light
• Cruise control
• Comfort key
• Deluxe automatic air conditioning
• Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
• Exterior mirror housings in matt aluminium look
• Electric seat adjustment with pneumatic adjustment
• Front S sports seats in fine Nappa leather trim with diamond stitching and RS embossing
• Indirect tyre pressure monitoring system
• Interior mirror with automatic anti-glare action
• ISOFIX child seat mounting for passenger and rear seat
• Leather-covered multifunction sports steering wheel, 3-spoke, flat-bottomed, with shift paddles
• LED headlights with range control including dynamic turn signals at rear
• LED rear lights with dynamic indicator
• Light / rain sensor
• Lighting package
• MMI Navigation plus
• Parking system plus with selective display
• RS sports exhaust system
• RS suspension
• Side airbags at front and head airbag system
• Start/stop system

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