The four-ringed automaker has just unveiled during the 2016 Auto China in Beijing the highly anticipated flagship high-performance TT RS version for the coupe and roadster body styles.
The 2016 Audi TTS with its 292-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine now has a higher brother, freshly introduced on the Beijing Motor Show stage, packing the rumored 400-hp engine. All the reports panned out: we have a new version of the ubiquitous 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder mill and it sports the full 400 horsepower envisioned range. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends all power to the four wheels via the Quattro all-wheel drive system, with the maximum torque standing in at 354 pound-feet of torque available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. The standard sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) will last 3.7 seconds in the Coupe and 3.9 seconds in the slightly heavier Roadster. Both models initially come with the usual electronic top speed limiter at 155 mph (250 km/h) but Audi also offers an optional unlock for a maximum speed of 174 mph.
The all new TT RS is 0.03 inches lower than the regular version and tips the scales at 3,174 pounds, which is 22 pounds lighter than the previous generation in the Coupe guise. The TT RS Roadster meanwhile tips the scales at 3,373 pounds, with its cloth top able to retract in 10 seconds and operable at up to 31 mph. Design wise, there’s a pretty fast giveaway – the fixed rear wing, a modified front end with larger intakes and a custom set of 19- or 20-inch wheels. RS-exclusive paints include Nardo Grey and Catalunya Red and inside the only difference is coming from the RS sport seats. Audi tipped the fall introduction of the model in Europe, with prices starting from 66,400 euros for the Coupe and 69,200 for the Roadster.