New 2016 Audi TT RS: 394bhp and 0-62mph in 3.7s!

Audi TT RS 2016 – reveal front

Audi has taken the wraps off the fastest and most powerful version of the TT RS ever. Both coupe and roadster versions of the range-topping sportscar have been revealed simultaneously for the first time at events in Beijing and London. Audi has fired the TT RS into supercar territory with a thumping jump in power and speed, which is due on on sale in the autumn.

In coupe form, the RS will cover 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds – nearly as fast as an R8 – and hit 174mph flat out. The heavier roadster covers the same benchmark sprint in 3.9 seconds. 

Audi TT RS 2016 – reveal side

Power from the reworked 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo has been upped from 335bhp to 394bhp and it now uses both direct and indirect fuel injection, along with variable valve timing. With its 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, Audi insists it has retained the engine’s unique deep, enthusiastic, rich sound while improving its performance, reducing its fuel consumption and lowering its weight. 

The unique-sounding engine is just 50 centimetres long and adopting an aluminium crankcase has helped it slash 26kg from the weight of its predecessor, while delivering more power. An even faster Plus version of the new car could be on the cards, too.

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A huge diffuser is built into the rear bodywork with two elliptical tailpipes. The vast wing can be deleted at no extra cost if you prefer a more understated look. The TT RS will also introduce Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) as an option for the tail-lamps.

Dominating the front end is a hexagon-filled single-frame grille, flanked by optional Matrix LED headlights, while inside, the RS follows the regular TT. Taking pride of place is the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, and it’s complemented by lightweight sports seats.

Audi TT RS 2016 – interior

Under the skin, the TT RS retains the electronic differential, with suspension lowered by 10mm. It will use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and enormous 370mm disc brakes. There is an optional RS Sports suspension system, which delivers adaptive magnetic control damping to govern its steel springs. 

A set of lighter, forged alloy wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes are optional. The Roadster – which is 90kg heavier than the coupe – features a folding fabric roof which can be lowered electrically in 10 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

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