Au­di laun­ches a mo­re po­wer­ful TT RS Cou­pé

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Auto Dealer -

Au­di S­port has pre­sen­ted the most po­wer­ful TT e­ver, fe­a­tu­ring a muscu­lar bo­dy, ne­w­ly de­ve­lo­ped fi­ve-cy­lin­der en­gi­ne and an un­mis­ta­ka­ble sound. Up­ping the an­te, Au­di has de­ve­lo­ped the fi­vecy­lin­der en­gi­ne in all a­re­as with lig­ht­weig­ht a­lu­mi­ni­um con­structi­on me­a­su­res, re­du­ced in­ter­nal fricti­on and in­cre­a­sed po­wer de­li­very.

As a re­sult, the tur­bo en­gi­ne gains 17% in per­for­man­ce at an un­chan­ged ca­pa­ci­ty of 2 480cc.

At 294kW, it is mo­re po­wer­ful than e­ver be­fo­re. The en­gi­ne’s max­i­mum tor­que of 480Nm is a­vai­la­ble be­t­ween 1 700rpm and 5 850rpm.

The TT RS Cou­pé acce­le­ra­tes from 0 to 100km in 3,7 se­conds – this cor­re­sponds to the le­vel of a su­per­car. Au­di can go­vern the top speed to 250km or will rai­se the top speed to 280km upon re­quest.

De­spi­te in­cre­a­sed per­for­man­ce, the fu­el con­sump­ti­on of the TT RS Cou­pé is just 8,2 lit­res per 100km. At less than 50cm in length, the 2,5 TFSI en­gi­ne is ex­tre­me­ly com­pact and is 26kg lig­h­ter than the pre­vi­ous mo­del.

QUATTRO DRI­VE

The po­wer of the 2,5 TFSI en­gi­ne flows via a se­ven-speed S tro­nic, which shifts at lig­ht­ning speed, to the quattro per­ma­nent all-w­heel dri­ve.

Its mul­ti-pla­te clutch dis­tri­bu­tes po­wer ful­ly va­ri­a­bly be­t­ween the two ax­les. This en­su­res strong grip and plen­ty of dri­ving ple­a­su­re. W­heel-se­lecti­ve tor­que con­t­rol ma­kes hand­ling a­gi­le and sa­fe. The dri­ver can use the Au­di dri­ve se­lect sy­stem to in­flu­en­ce the quattro dri­ve and ot­her com­po­nents such as the s­teer­ing, S tro­nic, en­gi­ne cha­rac­te­ris­tic and exhaust flaps.

The four mo­des a­vai­la­ble for se­lecti­on are com­fort, au­to, dy­n­a­mic and in­di­vi­du­al. In ad­di­ti­on to its lig­ht weig­ht, the Au­di TT RS has its spor­ty chas­sis for out­stan­ding hand­ling.

At the front ax­le, ven­ti­la­ted and per­fo­ra­ted steel dis­cs are in acti­on be­hind the stan­dard 19" w­heels or op­ti­o­nal 20" f­or­ged lig­ht­weig­ht w­heels. Lig­h­ter and a­bra­si­on-re­sis­tant car­bon-fi­b­re ce­ra­mic dis­cs are a­vai­la­ble at an ad­di­ti­o­nal cost. As a­not­her op­ti­on, Au­di sup­plies the RS s­port sus­pen­si­on plus with a­dap­ti­ve dam­pers in mag­ne­tic ri­de techno­lo­gy which can be in­flu­en­ced e­lec­tro­ni­cal­ly. The con­t­rol techno­lo­gy is in­te­gra­ted in­to the Au­di dri­ve se­lect dy­n­a­mic hand­ling sy­stem.

ATHLETIC DE­SIGN

Lar­ge air in­lets, a gril­le with a ne­w­ly de­sig­ned ho­ney­comb pat­tern and quattro lo­go and two lar­ge, o­val exhaust tail­pi­pes at the back me­ans the new TT RS Cou­pé exu­des an au­ra of con­cen­tra­ted po­wer. Al­ong the flanks, a­e­ro­dy­n­a­mi­cal­ly shaped si­de sills emp­ha­si­se the spor­ty de­sign. The TT RS is a­vai­la­ble with either a fixed re­ar wing or a re­trac­ta­ble re­ar spoi­ler at no ad­di­ti­o­nal cost.

The cock­pit with its slim in­stru­ment pa­nel has cle­an li­nes. Par­ti­cu­lar­ly stri­king are the round air vents, which occu­py a cen­tral po­si­ti­on in the in­stru­ment pa­nel and hou­se the con­trols for au­to­ma­tic air con­di­ti­o­ning. All in­for­ma­ti­on is dis­play­ed as stan­dard on the ful­ly di­gi­tal Au­di 12,3" screen. The dri­ver can choo­se from three views, in­clu­ding a spe­ci­al RS screen that high­lig­hts the ta­cho­me­ter and pro­vi­des in­for­ma­ti­on on ty­re pres­su­re, tor­que and G-for­ce. The ta­cho-me­ter al­so ser­ves as a shift in­di­ca­tor.

For the first ti­me in the RS port­fo­lio, the RS s­port le­at­her s­teer­ing w­heel with shift pad­d­les has two sa­tel­li­te con­trols for tur­ning the en­gi­ne on and off as well as the Au­di dri­ve se­lect dy­n­a­mic hand­ling sy­stem. e RS-spe­ci­fic se­at up­hol­ste­ry is a­vai­la­ble in three co­lour com­bi­na­ti­ons: black and g­rey, black and red or Mu­ril­lo bro­wn. The op­ti­o­nal RS de­sign packa­ge in red adds co­lour accents to the in­te­ri­or, in­clu­ding on the air vents, se­at belts and floor mats.

PRACTICAL

The new Au­di TT RS is a sports car but al­so u­se­ful for e­ver­y­day dri­ving. The lug­ga­ge com­part­ment has a ba­sic ca­pa­ci­ty of 305 lit­res which can be in­cre­a­sed to 712 lit­res by fol­ding do­wn the re­ar se­at backs. The Au­di TT RS Cou­pé is pri­ced at R963 000, stan­dard with a fi­ve ye­ar, 100 000km Au­di F­ree­way Plan and in­clu­si­ve of all taxes. Laun­ched in No­vem­ber, the Au­di TT RS Cou­pé is a­vai­la­ble at Au­di S­port de­a­lers­hips a­round South A­fri­ca.

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