Gimme five and make it a turbo
Audi’s TT RS is a rocket ship of a coupe. Expect to see it here next year, writes PAUL GOVER
THE syncopated beat of a turbocharged five-cylinder motor is coming back to Audi. The unusual engine design was the heart of the Quattro that revolutionised performance motoring in the 1980s and dominated the World Rally Championship.
Now the feisty five is coming back for a fast-car pacesetter called the TT RS.
It won’t be spitting flames or roaring through an open exhaust like the engines in the Quattro coupes that convinced the world allwheel drive was the way to put big power on the ground, but Audi promises more than 225kW to turn the TT into something special.
‘‘It will be a sensational little rocket ship,’’ Audi Australia spokeswoman Anna Burgdorf says.
The final figures will not be revealed until the TT RS makes its debut in a fortnight at the Geneva Motor Show, but Audi is hinting at a four-second sprint to 100km/h and a potential top speed well beyond its electronically limited 250km/h.
The TT RS will be built as a coupe and a convertible, with a bunch of body tweaks to reflect the muscular potential of the 2.5-litre engine hooked to its quattro drive system.
The bad news is a price beyond $100,000, based on today’s TT S at $98,900.
But the good news is that the RS will come to Australia. It will be sold as a coupe only — the convertible is considered too limiting— and the timing is about six months after the first deliveries in Europe.
‘‘It will definitely come in 2010 but it’s very hard to tie down a date at this stage,’’ Burgdorf says. She cannot comment on details, including the move away from in-line fours and V6s to the new five, but says the TT RS is not a show car or a limited-edition tease.
‘‘It is a production car. What will be shown on the stand at Geneva is the production car,’’ she says.
‘‘We don’t know the answer on production numbers, but it is a regular production model. And the engine is a new one that allows the TT to perform extremely well with good fuel economy.’’