The King of the Hill for Audi performance enthusiasts is any model wearing the RS badge, which taken from German stands for RennSport, which translates to ?racing sport?.? The company has been stingy about bringing the RS models to the U.S. with only an occasional sample arriving at dealerships.
We now know, for sure, that the much-anticipated Audi TT RS is due this summer because they have set the price. ??For $56,850, plus destination charge, the ultimate TT represents the highest performance category for Audi vehicles.
It is powered by the award-winning 360-hp, 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission with standard quattro? all-wheel drive. An automatic transmission is not available for the TT RS. The Audi TT RS accelerates from 0 ? 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds, making it the fastest in its class.
Audi magnetic ride is standard on the TT RS, which allows the suspension characteristic to be actively altered adapting to the current driving situation. A sport mode stiffens the magnetic ride, enhances throttle responsiveness, and activates a more striking engine sound via flaps in the exhaust system.
The aluminum and steel hybrid ASF? technology also found on the TT and TTS models, reduces weight while helping increase rigidity and safety. The coupe space frame, which only weights 3,306 pounds, ?is made up of 69 percent aluminum and 31 percent steel which makes it 48% lighter than a full steel frame. ?The Audi TT RS also has a low 0.32 drag coefficient with an optimized silhouette and smooth vehicle underbody.
In addition to some distinguishing exterior appointments, the interior features RS-exclusive appointments, such as the contoured 3-spoke sport multifunction steering wheel, aluminum door sills with the RS logo, and RS-specific interior door handles. Other interior features include 10-way power sport front seats with three-step heating, leather seat coverings, brushed aluminum interior inlays, and available LED ambient lighting.?
The Audi TT RS offers electronic features one expects from Audi, plus available advanced electronics including navigation plus with real time traffic, MMI? inspired controls, a BOSE? sound system, and Audi music interface.