May
18

2018 Audi TT RS coupe

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By Ken Chester Jr.,  Motor News Media

With an all-new five-cylinder engine delivering 400 hp the all-new 2018 Audi TT RS is the most powerful production TT model Audi has ever produced. Featuring a new 2.5L five-cylinder TFSI® engine, the all-new 2018 TT RS joins the lineup of Audi Sport vehicles launching this spring.

As with any vehicle that bears the RS badge, the TT RS boasts impressive driving dynamics and unmatched performance coupled with RS specific design differentiators. The TT RS also features standard quattro® all-wheel drive, the legendary technology that has earned the Audi brand many triumphs in motorsport at racetracks worldwide.

The large BorgWarner turbocharger forces the intake air into the combustion chambers at up to 19.6 psi. On the exhaust side, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) changes duration of valve opening depending on the throttle and engine speeds. In addition, a new dual-injection fuel system combines the benefits of indirect and direct injection and uses an intelligent engine management control unit to help optimize fuel injection and distribution based on engine load.

The power of the 2.5-liter engine flows through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission that focuses on high levels of performance and acceleration. With the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the TT RS also now offers a launch control program that allows a heightened level of acceleration through precise engine speed and an automated clutch release.

The traction control system is specifically calibrated for the TT RS, facilitating sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a class-leading 3.6 seconds, faster than any other TT model, achieving a top track speed of 155 mph. That top speed increases to 174 mph with the optional Dynamic plus package.

For the first time on the TT RS, the quattro all-wheel drive is fully integrated within the Audi drive select system offering four distinct drive modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. Each of the various modes allows the driver to change gear shift points, steering, throttle response and damper control (when equipped with magnetic ride).

Control hardware includes a four-link rear suspension and a McPherson front suspension with forged aluminum lower control arms. Standard-equipped RS magnetic ride uses a synthetic blend of oils that contain tiny magnetic particles to adjust the firmness of the dampers within a few milliseconds by creating a magnetic field within the shock absorber. The available RS fixed sport suspension, included in the Dynamic plus package, offers a stiffer ride for enhanced performance.

Inside the passenger cabin, the TT RS features a driver-oriented interior with easy-to-operate controls and functions. From its S sport seats with the integrated head restraints and deeply sculpted adjustable side bolsters, the TT RS is a sports car with a high degree of everyday practicality. Carrying over from the TT Coupe, the revolutionary HVAC controls eliminate the need for a conventional dash console and instead integrate fan speed, air vent selection and temperature directly into the center of the three central vents, underlining the clean, uncluttered design of the interior.

In addition to the impressive aesthetics, the TT RS represents the Audi brand’s advancements for in-vehicle technology. Similar to the R8 V10, the TT RS features three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles and two steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons (engine Start/Stop and Audi drive select). Behind the steering wheel, the Audi virtual cockpit, an entirely digital dashboard with 3D graphics, transforms the way the driver interacts with vehicle displays such as the tachometer and speedometer as well as navigation.

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