New Ultimate Audi TT – Meet The 2018 RS Model

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The TT model has been produced for years now, and it was a rather non-orthodox sports car. Just imagine – front-wheel drive (despite quattro system, most torque goes to the front), transverse engine placement, in front of the axle… this perfectly works for the family sedan, not for a sports car. Nevertheless, TT has become an iconic vehicle of the brand, and the current generation is no exception. Debuted last year, now it gets the modification we are waiting for – the extreme 2018 Audi TT RS. Could it really squeeze all juice from the car chassis?


2018 Audi TT RS Specs are Just Mad

Contents

1. Specs Goes All-Predatory
2. Twin Turbo V6
3. For Better Handling
4. 2018 Audi TT RS Redesign
5. Release date and Price

The standard TT and TT S versions are hot, but you cannot name it sportscars, the performance level is just on the level of hot hatches. The new TT RS of 2018 model year is something special – a 400 HP beast with very short wheelbase though a bit overweight front overhang makes it a track day car. 400 horses may sound not so spectacular in comparison with AMG cars, for instance, but it’s not that simple.

This engine is all-new and will be put in many other sports versions of VAG corporation cars. The gearbox is Audi’s dual-clutch S-tronic with 7 speeds and paddle shifters – it gets one extra gear in comparison with TT and TT S models.


Twin-turbo V6

The raw numbers around all-new 2.5 V6 engine with two turbochargers are following – 400 horsepower, 354 ft-lb of torque available just at 1700 rpm. 160 HP per liter is a monstrous number closer to bigger supercar engines, rather than compact V6. The engine is a real engineering masterpiece – aluminum cylinder block, low-friction crankshafts, oil pump made of lightweight but rigid magnesium – all these lead to 57 lbs weight decrease in comparison with the previous 5-cylinder unit. Therefore, weight distribution changed from 60/40 to 59/41.

This (and built-in launch control system) could lead to a fabulous 0-60 time of 2018 Audi TT RS – just 3.6 seconds!


For Better Handling

The suspension is unique as well – magnetic shock absorbers, stiffer springs, variable ratio steering. 19-inch wide tires (20-inch optional) with alloy rims and bigger ventilated front and rear brake discs. The AWD quattro system is returned to exactly follow the commands of the driver – torque distribution ratio fully depends on the mode you choose in settings.
All this helps to achieve better results on a racetrack. For those who participated on track days, Audi prepares special package called Dynamic plus. It includes ceramic front brakes, fixed shock absorbers, top speed increase, and other minor improvements.


2018 Audi TT RS Cockpit Interior

The interior is quite common for any RS-line Audi car – more Alcantara, carbon fiber, bucket seats and lots of RS badges everywhere. The driver seat is perfect, made by using Nappa leather, with lots of adjustments, features racing-like seatbelts. The steering wheel seems to look exactly like in flagship R8 V10.

The overall interior look is great – there is no disgraceful MMI screens popped up out of center console, fancy air vent design, perfect Audi virtual cockpit system which makes you concentrate only on what you need while driving. It’s one of the best interiors you could fit in a sports car – gorgeous looking but not overdesigned.

Don’t think it is ascetic – it is not! Despite being a driver-0riented track day car, TT RS 2018 have enough comfort features to provide: Above mentioned vitrual cockpit has built-in navigation, there are premium-level bang&oufsen sound system, integrated support for smartphone mirroring, both Android and iPhone.

Already available for sale
Starting from $64,900 MSRP (without options)
All-wheel drive Audi quattro system
All-new twin-turbo V6 engine, 2.5L displacement, 400 HP and 354 ft-lb of torque.
155 MPH of top speed (177 MPH with optional package), 0-60 acceleration time 3.6 sec
22 MPG in combined cycle, 19 MPG in city and 29 MPG in highway, according to EPA

Design

Those familiar with standard TT won’t be amazed, the overall look of the car wasn’t changed much. You could see features made for RS, like carbon fiber detailing, bigger rims, sporty body kit with spoilers and diffusers. With all these stuff it looks fantastic – aggressive, ready for action. In my opinion, it is the most successful design of TT since its launch. TT RS has Audi design catches, but after all, looks much different, more like a small version of R8 supercar – pretty good bait for future customers.


2018 Audi TT RS Pricing and Availability

Don’t even think about new extreme TT to be affordable – 2018 Audi TT RS price is expected to cost almost $65,000 without any options and packages. For nearly the same price you could get 718 S Boxter or Cayman from Porsche, which is not as fast, but mid-engined and more fun to drive. For around the same price you could get C63 coupe from Mercedes-AMG, which is really a modern muscle car with stunning 469 HP V8 turbocharged engine. So, it is not so unique in terms of power, but the only choice if you need lightweight compact sportscar with all-wheel drive.

The car is available for purchase just now.

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