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Stronger thanever: newAudi TTRSCoupéand
newAudi TTRSRoadster
25 April 2016 | Vehicle Launch/Concepts
At the Beijing Motor Show, Audi is
presenting its Coupé and its Roadster for
the first time to the world’s public. Sales in
Europe will begin in fall 2016.
“The new aluminum five-cylinder engine
delivers 400 hp, which is 60 hp more
than its predecessor,” said Dr.-Ing. Stefan
Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical
Development. “Together with the quattro
drive, it ensures sporty driving pleasure
with maximum traction. Audi uses Matrix
OLED technology in the rear lights for the
first time.”
Impressive performance: the new five-
cylinder engine
A jury of international motor journalists
has voted the 2.5 TFSI ‘Engine of the Year’
six times in a row. Now Audi has further
developed the five-cylinder engine in
all areas – with lightweight construction
measures, reduced internal friction and
increased power delivery. As a result, the
turbo engine gains a good 17% increase in
performance at an unchanged capacity of
2,480 cc. At 294 kW (400 hp), it is more
powerful than ever before. The maximum
torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) is available
between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. It ensures
fantastic pulling power, which accompanies
the unmistakable sound. Cylinders
positioned directly beside each other and
far away from each other fire in alternation.
This brings with it a very special rhythm.
The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to
100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in 3.7 seconds, the
Roadster in 3.9 seconds – this corresponds
to the level of a supercar. Audi regulates
the top speed at 250 km/h (155.3 mph), or
at 280 km/h (173.9 mph) upon request.
For the best traction and plenty of driving
pleasure: the quattro drive
The forces of the 2.5 TFSI engine flow
via a seven-speed S tronic, which shifts at
lightning speed, to the quattro permanent
all-wheel drive. Its multi-plate clutch
distributes the power freely between
the axles. This provides strong grip and
immense driving pleasure. The wheel-
selective torque control makes handling
even more agile and safe. Using the Audi
drive select system, the driver can influence
the quattro drive and other components
such as the steering, S tronic, engine
characteristic and exhaust flaps. The four
modes available for this are comfort, auto,
dynamic, and individual.
Pure dynamics: the chassis
In addition to its light weight, the Audi
TT RS has its sporty chassis to thank for its
outstanding handling. The direct steering
provides close contact with the road and
makes it a pleasure to drive challenging
winding stretches. At the front axle,
ventilated and perforated steel discs are
in action behind the 19-inch wheels – or
20-inch forged lightweight wheels as an
option. Alternatively, lighter and particularly
abrasion-resistant carbon-fibre ceramic
discs are available. At the back, a steel
monoblock disc is used. As an option, Audi
supplies RS sport suspension plus adaptive
dampers in magnetic ride technology. In
this case, the damping characteristics can
be influenced electronically. The control
technology is integrated into the driving
dynamics system known as Audi drive
select.
New feature: Matrix OLED lights
For the first time in a series-production
Audi, Matrix OLED technology (organic light
emitting diode) is used in the rear lights
as an option. These emit an extremely
homogeneous, high-contrast light. The
light can be continuously dimmed, it does
not cast any shadows and does not require
any reflectors – this makes the OLEDs
in 3D design efficient, light and visually
impressive. Each rear light contains four
wafer-thin units which become smaller
from the inside out. The biggest bears the
TT logo and the four Audi rings. The TT
RS has LED rear lights and LED headlights
as standard. Alternatively, the latter are
available as intelligently controlled Matrix
LED units.
Athletically streamlined: the exterior
design
Large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with
a newly designed honeycomb grille and
quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two
large, oval exhaust tailpipes – the new TT
RS Coupé and the new TT RS Roadster
exude concentrated power. Along the
flanks, aerodynamically-shaped side sills
emphasise the dynamic design. Both
models measure 4.19 metres (13.9 ft) in
length, 1.83 metres (6 ft) in width and 1.34
metres (4.5 ft) in height.
Inspired by racing cars: the cockpit
Controls and display in the new TT RS
are focused completely on the driver. All
information is displayed as standard on
the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with
12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose
from three views, including a special RS
screen that highlights the rev counter and
provides information on tyre pressure,
torque, and g‑force, among other things.
The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a
shift light which informs the driver that
the engine speed limit has been reached.
For the first time in the RS portfolio, the
RS sport leather steering wheel with shift
paddles has two operating satellite buttons
for turning the engine on and off as well as
the driving dynamics system known as Audi
drive select, in addition to multifunction
buttons. This means that the driver’s hands
stay on the wheel at all times. The driver
can influence the exhaust flap control via
the sound button on the center console.
Best entertainment: infotainment and
Audi connect
Audi also offers a huge amount of
high-end infotainment technology. The
options include MMI navigation plus with
MMI touch including free text search and
natural voice control, as well as the Audi
connect online module with Wi-Fi hotspot.
Using Audi phone box, compatible cell
phones can be charged inductively
and paired with the onboard antennae
for optimal reception. The new Audi
smartphone interface technology displays
selected apps from the cell phone directly
in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Bang &
Olufsen sound system is a highlight for
fans of excellent acoustics.
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