The Audi lineup in the U.S. market will be enriched with another high-performance model that wasn’t available before. In addition to TT and TTS, now comes RS version of the model, and it’s a banger. Although worldwide it’s available in coupe and roadster styles, the North American market won’t receive roofless model. The German manufacturer has thoroughly redesigned and reengineered the 2018 Audi TT RS to make it step up to competition. Chevrolet Corvette, Alfa Romeo 4C, and Nissan Z are just some of them.
2018 Audi TT RS – New Design
Audi aimed that RS version doesn’t get mistaken with TT or TTS. It has quite a few upgrades. The front holds large air intakes. It doesn’t just cool the engine it looks attractive with a mesh pattern. LED headlights and rear lights are standard, but rear lights can also come with OLED (organic light emitting diode) lighting. Of course, those are optional. The rear end also holds fixed wing. For those who don’t like this feature, they can opt for the removal in favor of smaller spoiler that comes standard on lesser models. This one is also electronically operated. The rear end is completed with two large oval exhaust pipes. The car suspension is lowered and the buyer can further improve its aggressiveness with optional 20-inch wheels. Standard are 19-inch ones.
2018 Audi TT RS – Engine
New 2018 Audi TT RS will have the same Volkswagens MQB based platform as its predecessor. The 5-cylinder engine layout will remain. And that’s the only thing that is the same as before. Audi’s Quattro GmbH performance subsidiary has reengineered the engine. It now has an aluminum block and thus lighter for 57 pounds. The 2.5-liter TFSI powertrain now produces 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. It’s also more fuel efficient and it’s the only engine available. There is one more radical change and it is related to the gearbox. There is no more manual.
From now on, seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission will be responsible for shifting gears. Manual-shifting mode is also available and Audi’s AWD system Quattro is, of course, standard. With all this it, Audi’s claim for 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds is probably true. This could also be improved, but there must be some distance to new twin-turbo V6 Audi R8.
2018 Audi TT RS – Interior
The 2018 Audi TT RS also has some changes in the interior. Unlike lesser TT models, TFT screen behind the steering wheel can be switched to display RS mode. It has different graphics with center speedometer as the main feature. When the steering wheel is in question, the whole car can be operated from the buttons mounted. Even the start and stop ignition is there controlled with two separate buttons. Other controls are used to switch between different driving modes. When it comes to comfort and details, there are on the highest level. Leather seats have diamond pattern seating with contrast red stitching. There are also there carefully details in red color, door handles, the outline of the air vents and central console. The top and flat-bottom half of the steering wheel also has red stitching.
2018 Audi TT RS – Safety
The IIHS safety ratings of all TT models due to smaller sale numbers won’t be available at all. But Euro NCAP evaluated the safety of new generation 2015 TT. Since RS model is strongly based on the TT, it’s safe to use these rating to see how safe will 2018 Audi TT RS be. Euro NCAP awards from one to five stars from a combination of every test results. And by the looks of it, it’s short of one star from excellent.
2018 Audi TT RS – Projected Price
The German car maker still hasn’t revealed when exactly will 2018 Audi TT RS come in the U.S. market. They only said that will happen somewhere in 2017, in time for 2018 model year. The pricing options are still not available. But when prices of TT and TTS are compared, we can say that number on the price tag of TT RS will be around $65.000.