Audi Australia has announced the return of the performance icon, the Audi TT RS Coupé, after a hiatus in production due to delays tied to WLTP fuel consumption testing and necessary changes required to be completed on its iconic five-cylinder engine.
Priced from $134,900 plus on-road costs, is available to purchase now, with deliveries expected in July 2020.
“The TT RS Coupé exudes our rich Audi brand heritage,” said Shawn Ticehurst, Product Planning and Pricing Director of Audi Australia.
“The iconic Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo is one of the most celebrated engines in motoring, and its combination of power and soundtrack provides a rare thrill for enthusiasts.
“Now with even more high-value features as standard, the Audi TT RS has never been more attractive,” said Ticehurst.
Power comes courtesy of the iconic 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine with its unique 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, that develops 294kW and 480Nm. The sound is just as iconic as the engine itself, which is amplified through the standard RS sports exhaust, with active baffles in the rear muffler that can be activated via a dedicated cockpit control. Audi claims a combined fuel cycle of just 8.0 -litres per 100km.
The Audi TT RS Coupé is capable of doing the the 0 – 100 km/h dash in a phenomenal 3.7 seconds – punching well above it’s price tag and into the realm of much more expensive super sports cars.
All that power and torque is delivered to all four wheels via a lightweight, lightning fast, seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission. Audi tells us “The tuning of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is fully integrated into the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, where the torque delivery is distributed quickly and precisely via an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch. The RS-tuned calibration automatically sends more drive to the rear wheels during dynamic driving, to ensure ideal cornering balance.”
Styling wise, the refreshed look brings a wider Singleframe grille with the quattro logo placed on the bottom, with even larger intakes to feed more air to satisfy the cooling demands. Matrix LED headlights are fitted as standard and do well to complement the angular styling.
At the rear there is a fixed rear spoiler which sits above the optional Matrix OLED taillights. Audi says “In each rear light are four wafer-thin lighting elements in a 3D design, which display a spectacular, dynamic light show – as well as their usual warning functions.”
The TT RS is built on the lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) and sits on RS sport suspension plus with Audi magnetic ride as standard. It also sits 10mm lower than the regular Audi TT.
In dynamic mode, Audi magnetic ride resists braking and cornering forces on the car’s attitude, heightening agile and responsive handling. Progressive steering provides responsive cornering in all conditions.
Helping the new TT RS come to a stop are eight-piston brake calipers finished in red, clamping onto 370mm ventilated rotors at the front which provide some seriously powerful stopping performance. The TT RS rides on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard that are wrapped in 255/30 rubber.
Inside the cabin its just as luxurious and sport as one would expect from the Audi RS range. Standard features include the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, including special RS functions (a larger tachometer, coloured shift lights, as well as g-force and lap timing measurements). Smartphone integration, via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Audi phone box light wireless smartphone charging, MMI touch and natural language voice control as well as the high-end MMI navigation plus system. It also comes with an exceptional 680W, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
There is also a generous suite of safety and driver assistance systems fitted as standard including six airbags, active lane and side assist, parking sensors with rear view camera and tyre pressure monitor.
In addition, two RS Design packages are available in either red or blue to further customise the interior of the TT RS Coupé, as well as the sides of the front seats.
The TT RS is offered with a choice of two comprehensive Audi service plan packages: three years priced at $2,320 or a five-year service plan priced at $3,420.