Watch out Porsche! The Audi TT RS Is a 400-Horsepower Pocket Rocket

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We’ve known that Audi was preparing a nice surprise for its nostalgic fans. Yet, we here at Audi Shrewsbury barely hold our excitement when we saw the new 2017 Audi TT RS. Unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in April, in both coupe and convertible styles, the Audi design icon TT is back with more power and tech than ever before.

Ø  Watch Out, 718 Cayman!

The new Audi TT RS is fast. Unlike the new Porsche 718 Cayman, which was also unveiled last April, the new TT is bold and strident. Big wheels, silver mirrors, a front splitter, and a fixed rear wing – all signs point to a powerful, aggressive car.

It won’t disappoint you either when it comes to performance. The updated five-cylinder engine delivers 400 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, available between 1,700 and 5,850 RPM. For those of you keeping count, that’s up to 60 horsepower more than the previous model. The engine is powerful enough to make the Coupe reach to 60 mph in less than 3.7 seconds. The power goes to all four wheels through the Quattro wheel drive system.

Audi TT’s higher performance is enough to overtake the new Porsche 718 Cayman S. In fact, if you were to compare the two, you would notice that the new TT is around 50bhp stronger than the new 718 Cayman. Moreover, due to the Quattro four-wheel system, Audie TT is half a second quicker to 62 mph. It might not seem like much, but in the automotive world, every fraction of a second counts.   

If you were to think of a downside, it would probably be the fact that the new TT RS doesn’t have a manual gearbox. According to the press release, the German automaker said that the new TT will be sold with a seven speed dual-clutch automatic.

Ø  Powerful, Agile, and Bold

The TT Coupe version weighs about 1,440kg, while the Roadster is 90kg heavier. Thanks to its light weight and sporty chassis, the Audi TT RS is extremely easy to handle. The direction steering offers a close contact with the road, making it a delight to drive. In addition to the steel discs found behind the 19-inch wheels, there is also a set of lighter, carbon-fiber ceramic discs.

Ø  High-Tech Features and Design

Inside you will find a sports leather steering wheel with direct access to satellite buttons for starting the motor and fine-tuning the driving dynamics. That means that your hand will stay on the wheel all the time. You can change the exhaust flap control using the sound button located on the center panel.

Inspired by racing cars, the virtual cockpit, showcases a gear-shift light that informs the driver when the top speed limit has been reached. The new RS also comes with red or grey seat belt trim, RS mats, and carbon fibre inserts.

Audi also used the MATRIX OLDE technology for the first time in a series production. The organic light emitting diode is featured in the rear lights and radiates a high-contrast, homogeneous light. What makes the OLED technology so efficient is the fact that the light doesn’t cast any shadow, and it can be dimmed continuously. More than that, because they don’t require reflectors, they can be fashioned in a razor-thin shape.

The new TT also provides numerous high-tech options, such as MMI navigation or MMI touch which includes voice control and free text search. The cars’ smartphone interface technology allows you to display and control the phone from the cockpit.

Ø  An Aggressive Exterior Design

In the good Audi TT fashion, the new TT RS looks mean, as if it’s ready to conquer the roads. Thanks to the large air inlets, a fixed rear wing, a Single frame grille with the Quattro logo, and two large exhaust pipes, the new TT displays power.

Ø  Audi TT Coupe and Roadster Prices

The new TT RS models will hit the European market this fall. The price for the Coupe starts at EUR 66,400, while the Roadster can get up to EUR 69,200. More interesting is that the TT RS price is just above EUR 64,118 that new Porsche 718 Cayman S costs. It’s more than obvious that a rivalry is being born between the two supercars.

The question is, which one would you prefer, the TT or the 718 Cayman S?

For more information about Audi’s new TT RS or other models, don’t hesitate to visit Audi Shrewsbury’s showroom or check our website. Our seasoned staff is more than happy to help you.
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