The Audi TT has gone down a long road. It went from incredibly rounded slightly sporty trend to serious “don’t rev on me” badass-ness. Audi has taken the TT up yet another notch by releasing an RS version. The important part is its 2.5 liter 5 cylinder now makes well over 300hp, lost a few pounds, gained massive RS brakes, and fresh RS styling cues. Although on that last part I have to mention that Audi notes the press photos as “not approved for US” which means we might see a few visual changes if the TT hits American soil. Although, I sincerely hope not!
You can listen to the new RS’ exhaust note here
The Audi TT RS: Sporty Powerhouse with Five Cylinders
– Not approved for U.S. launch
– This top model will debut at the Geneva Auto Show
– Direct gasoline injection and a turbocharger deliver far more than 300 bhp
– Top-notch chassis, big brakes, and quattro drivetrain
INGOLSTADT, Germany, Feb 24, 2009 – Audi is once again producing a five-cylinder powerhouse: the Audi TT RS will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Auto Show. Its turbocharged 2.5-liter engine produces well above 300 bhp. It also delivers explosive acceleration, driving delight, and unrivalled sound.
A legend is reborn. After all, powerful five-cylinder gasoline engines have a long legacy at Audi. And the turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engine in the TT RS is the new torchbearer of this dynamic tradition. It enables the TT RS to perform extraordinary feats. For example, it needs nowhere near five seconds to reach 100 km/h (62.14 mph); overtaking is child’s play; and 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is the limited top speed only on paper.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, a sophisticated chassis, and stupendous brakes keep a tight rein on the power. All in all, the compact TT RS – with its lightweight and largely aluminum body constructed as per the Audi Space Frame principle – is a driving machine to be reckoned with.