Audi has revealed the TT RS Roadster in a special preview held at the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s digital hub, Audi City London. While the all-new Audi TT RS Roadster was unveiled to members of the UK media, at the same time, the TT RS Coupé made its global debut over 5,000 miles away on the Audi stand at the Beijing Motor Show. The TT RS Roadster is the first all-new model to have its premiere in the UK, while orders are expected to start from June with deliveries expected by the end of this year.
Both new additions to the RS fold are powered by the multi-award winning 2.5L, 5-cylinder TFSI engine, appearing here with the benefit of significant increases in power and torque to 396bhp and 480Nm, which translate into supercar-rivalling performance – the 100kmph sprint from rest can now be dispatched in as little as 3.7 seconds and top speed peaks at up to 280kmph. It is linked to a 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission with power being transmitted to all the four wheels via Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system. The TT RS also features Audi drive select system, which has four modes available: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual. 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 Audi drive select driving dynamics system, in addition to multifunction buttons.
Just so you know, the TT RS is the first series production Audi to be fitted with OLED rear lights. Also, the RS multi-function steering wheel features two satellites for the first time in the RS range. “The newly developed turbo five-cylinder engine, with which we are continuing our great tradition from the 1980s, conveys pure emotion. The TT RS now provides 400PS and combines driving pleasure with efficiency through innovative technologies,” says Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. A jury of international motor journalists has voted the 2.5 TFSI “Engine of the Year” six times in a row. Audi delivers both models in nine colours, including the RS-specific tones of Nardo grey and Catalunya red, metallic.
The TT RS Coupé and the TT RS Roadster are fitted as standard with 19-inch cast wheels in a five-arm polygon design with size 245/35 tyres. As an option, Audi supplies 20-inch forged lightweight wheels in a 7-spoke rotor design and tyres of size 255/30. Both wheel types are available in silver, matt titanium look or gloss anthracite black. The recessed hubs of the 20-inch wheels are inspired by motorsport. The braking system in the new TT RS has internally ventilated, perforated steel discs on the front axle, which are 370 millimetres in diameter. The eight-piston brake calipers with the RS logos are painted black (or optionally red). Alternatively, the front brake discs are available in carbon-fibre ceramic. At the rear, monoblock discs with 310 mm diagonals are used.
Numerous customised paint finishes are available through the Audi exclusive package. The optional matt aluminium and gloss black styling packages set accents on the Singleframe, on the blade, on the RS rear wing, and on the diffuser insert. All information is displayed as standard on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tyre 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.