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More powerful than ever: 2018 Audi TT RS Coupé

  • More-powerful engine, high-tech lights
  • Off-switch for speed governor
  • Progressive steering with RS-specific tuning,
2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: Audi TT RS Coupé. Image Audi SA

UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape – Audi Sport is presenting its most powerful TT yet with a recreated signature five-cylinder engine, an image said to be “underscored” by rear diode lights and an “unmistakable exhaust note” to be “a technology leader in its segment”.

At its heart is the 2.5 TFSI aluminium engine – an engineering gem already voted “Engine of the Year” seven times but now updated yet again with less internal friction and 17% more power at 294kW and 480Nm from 1700 to 5850rpm and “supercar” acceleration – 3.7sec to 100 km/h.

It’s the Audi TT RS Coupé

Governed top speed is 250km/h though Audi can override that to achieve 280km/h. The engine is said to be 26kg lighter than its predecessor, capable of 8.2 litres/100km and delivers selective torque to each of the four wheels through a seven-speed transmission.

2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: Audi TT RS Coupé. Image Audi SA

Four suspension modes are available: auto, dynamic and individual.

“Progressive steering with RS-specific tuning,” Audi says, “provides close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive challenging winding stretches. The front wheels have ventilated and perforated steel discs inside aluminium 19″ rims (20″ an option).”

SPORT SUSPENSION

Lighter carbon-fibre ceramic discs are another option at the front while the rear wheels are slowed by a steel monoblock disc.

Another option is a sport suspension that uses magnetic shock-absorbers – an option that will bes integrated with the car’s “drive select” dynamic handling system.

The Matrix OLED (organic light emitting diode) option for the tail lights is said to be the first on a series-production Audi. The lights do not cast harsh shadows or need reflectors and each has four wafer-thin units. Diode head headlights standard. – though the cars can be specified with “intellligent” self-adjusting Matrix LED units.

2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: Audi TT RS Coupé. Image Audi SA

The car’s nose is dominated by large air inlets, a Singleframe grille (above) with a honeycomb pattern and large ‘quattro’ logo, the tail (below) with two large, oval exhaust tailpipes.

“The new TT RS Coupé,” the automaker says, “exudes concentrated power. Aerodynamic sills emphasise the sporty design of the 4.19m-long, 1.83m wide and 1.34m tall car and a fixed rear wing or a retractable spoiler are no-extra-cost choices.

2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: Audi TT RS Coupé. Image Audi SA

“The  instrument panel has clean lines and is clearly laid out while controls and the display focus on the driver. Particularly striking are the round air vents which house controls for the auto aircon.”

SKINNED STEERING-WHEEL

Audi says all information is shown on a “fully digital virtual cockpit” a with a 31cm screen and a choice of three views, one of them being an RS screen dominated by a rev-counter, tyre-pressure/shift indicator and torque and g-force info.

For the first time in the RS portfolio, Audi says, the RS sport leather steering wheel (with shift paddles) has satellite controls for ignition and the drive select dynamic handling system along with multifunction buttons.

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“The driver,” Audi explains, “can influence the exhaust flap control and thus the engine sound with a button on the centre console – in essence, the driver can control all important functions without taking either hand off the steering-wheel.”

The cars’ seats are upholstered with diamond-pattern upholstery in a choice of three V-colour combinations: black/grey, black/red or brown. Optional are red RS-design packages that affect the look of the air vents, body restraints and mats.

2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: DIgital instrument panel and information screen. Image Audi SA

The boot can take 305 litres of stuff with the rear seats in place, 712 if folded.

Audi also offers a range of high-end infotainment technology, among them satnav, touch contorl and “natural language” voice control. Compatible cellphones can be charged inductively and paired with the car’s antenna for optimal reception.\

B&O AUDIO SYSTEM

“A smartphone interface,” Audi says, “will display phone apps on the virtual cockpit’s 1440×540-pixels with detailed, graphics. The virtual dials refresh 60 times/sec for apparently fluid motion.

“An optional Bang & Olufsen Sound System provides an excellent sound experience.”

Here’s a comprehensive list of the Audi TT RS Coupé’s standard equipment…

19 inch Audi Sport alloy wheel rims
Four-way lumbar support
‘Aluminium look” cabin inlays and external mirror housings
Front/rear body colour spoilers
Audi drive select, music interface, virtual cockpit, sound system and
Bluetooth

2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: Audi TT RS Coupé. Image Audi SA

Cornering and poor-weather lights
Cruise control and auto aircon
Front crash-bags
Power seats with pneumatic adjustment
Nappa leather trim, diamond stitching, RS embossing
Tyre-pressure monitors
IsoFix child-seat anchors for front and rear seats
Flat-bottomed leather-clad multifunction three-spoked steering-wheel with shift paddles
Self-dimming diode headlights, dynamic rear turn signals
Auto lights-on and windscreen wipers
Satnav, parking radar
RS sport exhaust / suspension
Front body and head crash bags

(Price below image.)

2018 AUDI SPORT: Image Audi SA
2018 AUDI SPORT: Audi TT RS Coupé. Image Audi SA

PRICE

Audi TT RS Coupé – R963 000, includes five-year or 100 000km  Freeway Plan. Cars now in Audi South Africa showrooms.

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