Audi has released information on a new TT RS Plus, which follows rumours of the car from March and October last year. As expected power is up by 15kW to a new peak of 265kW. Torque follows suit, up by 15Nm for a new maximum of 465Nm. Enough to propel an S tronic equipped CoupÃ© to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds (4.3s for 6-speed manual).
Unfortunately, perhaps, earlier suggestions of a weight loss program for the TT RS Plus have not come to fruition. There’s still rear seats and the weight remains at the same 1450kg of the regular TT RS.
The TT RS is available in CoupÃ© and Roadster configurations. Its top speed is still limited, but has been upped from 250km/h to 280km/h. Sure to give you a bad hair day if you try that in the Roadster!
The car looks pretty lairy with its standard 19″ red and black alloys (first seen on the RS3). But we do think Audi has missed an opportunity by only adding a modest power/torque increase. Had the rumoured weight loss proved correct then the TT RS Plus could have an extra edge to dynamics and handling.
UPDATE: This just in: “Audi Australia is currently evaluating the TT RS plus for the Australian market.”
Even more dynamic: the Audi TT RS plus
- CoupÃ© and Roadster boosted to 265 kW (360 hp)
- Zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds; top speed increased to 280 km/h
- Average fuel consumption just 8.5 liters per 100 km
Even more powerful, even faster, even more dynamic: Early 2012 will see the launch of the Audi TT RS plus. This compact sports car, in both CoupÃ© and Roadster versions, stands out for its awe-inspiring performance. Its power-boosted five-cylinder turbo delivers 265 kW (360 hp), sufficient for a top speed of 280 km/h (173.98 mph).
The 2.5-liter TFSI in the Audi TT RS plus is a high-performance engine. Compared with the engine on which it is based, this turbocharged direct-injection unit delivers 15 kW (20 hp) more power. It produces 465 Nm (342.97 lb-ft) of torque, 15 Nm (11.06 lb-ft) more than before. Customers can choose between a manual six-speed transmission and the seven-speed S tronic with its lightning-fast gearshifts. The dual-clutch transmission comes with a launch control function which optimizes acceleration from a standing start. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which operates with a multi-plate clutch, transfers engine power to the road in supreme style.
The TT RS plus unites dynamics and efficiency in a most impressive way. Against the backdrop of the five-cylinder engineâ€™s characteristic roaring and growling, the CoupÃ© with S tronic catapults from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.3 seconds). The Roadster completes the same exercise in 4.2 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.4 seconds). Top speed is limited to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) for all versions of the car. The CoupÃ© with S tronic uses an average of just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg); the Roadster uses 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.35 US mpg).
Alongside numerous efficiency-improving measures, these top figures are due primarily to the extremely lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) bodies made of aluminum at the front and sheet steel at the rear. The CoupÃ© with manual transmission, including quattro drive, weighs just 1,450 kilograms (3,196.70 lb); its power-to-weight ratio is 4.0 kilograms (8.82 lb) per horsepower. The power-to-weight ratio of the Roadster is 4.2 kilograms (9.26 lb) per horsepower.
The high-performance brake system is able to cope with the engineâ€™s power at all times. Four-piston fixed calipers in conjunction with perforated brake disks are installed on the front axle. The Audi TT RS plus is fitted with 19-inch cast wheels of five-arm â€œRotorâ€ design; they are painted black with contrasting red rim flanges. The wheels are fitted with 255/35 tires. The adaptive damping system known as Audi magnetic ride is available as an option. A large, fixed rear wing increases downforce at the back of the car.
The Singleframe radiator grille also sets the Audi TT RS plus apart visually: Its diamond-pattern mesh is in highly polished anthracite, its trim frame has a matt aluminum-look finish. The housings of the exterior mirrors are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The dual-branch sport exhaust system has black oval tailpipe trims. A sound flap further intensifies the sound of the engine. The Carbon design package gives the engine compartment a more exclusive look. The knob on the gear or selector lever features an aluminum-look trim ring and a TT RS plus badge.
The TT RS plus CoupÃ© with manual transmission costs â‚¬60,650 in Germany or â‚¬62,800 with the seven-speed S tronic . The TT RS plus Roadster has a list price of â‚¬63,500 or â‚¬65,650 respectively.