Despite sharing the excellent platform of the VW Golf, the Audi TT has never had the respect it deserves for its dynamic qualities, being more remembered for its design. Which is not totally unfair, since the striking look, especially the first generation, has always been one of its strengths.
That said, the situation changes when it comes to the Audi TT RS. As the name reveals, this is the most spicy version of the TT, existing since the second generation. Launched in 2009, the Audi TT RS had a five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged twin-head, 20-valve turbo, good for 360 hp and 47.4 mkgf of torque. And it still had six-speed manual gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. It was a beautiful sport, capable of reaching 100 km / h in four seconds, with a maximum of 276 km / h.
Only we know that every good car can get even better. So when the Audi TT reached its third generation in 2014, the expectation around the RS version was gigantic. The new Audi TT RS was introduced in April this year at the Beijing Motor Show. Now the first gringa assessments have begun to emerge. Were expectations fulfilled? That’s what we’ll find out now!
The good news is that the Audi TT RS still has a five-cylinder turbocharged 2.5-liter and all-wheel drive, which now delivers no less than 400 hp. The news was not so good: Audi decided to replace the six-speed manual gearbox with the seven-speed S-Tronic double-clutch gearbox that was optional in the previous generation.
It’s a change that makes us a bit sad, of course, but it was also inevitable for all those reasons you should know already (faster swaps, a few fractions of a second less at the end of the turn, this sort of thing). However, the general impression of specialized vehicles is that the car has improved in so many ways that it simply makes no sense to complain about the lack of a clutch pedal.
To begin with, the increase in engine power was not achieved through simple electronic reprogramming. The five-cylinder was completely reworked. The block is now made of aluminum and the crankshaft is lighter, as are other components like the crankcase and the fuel pump. The result is a lighter 25 kg engine.
The head has also been revised, and now the engine has variable control on the exhaust valves, direct injection and multipoint and the turbo pressure has been raised from 1.25 to 1.35 bar. With this, the power is now 400 hp at 5,850 rpm, while the torque rose to 48.9 mkgf at very lows 1,700 rpm. It’s enough to go from 0-100 km / h in 3.5 seconds, with a maximum of 280 km / h, according to Audi.
On paper, it’s all very beautiful. But for the British Evo, Audi has managed to make the Audi TT RS a sport capable of facing even faces like the Porsche 718 Cayman, center-rear engine. We already walked in the 718 Cayman S and we can say that this is a beautiful compliment.
This is due in part to the new feature that allows you to adjust the integral traction system (which is sold as quattro but is actually a Haldex) to distribute the torque between the front and rear wheels according to the driving conditions. In Auto mode, this division is done, well, automatically, and most of the time 80% of the torque goes to the front axle. If you want it to always be this way, choose Comfort mode. If you want to bring more power to the rear wheels, Dynamic mode is your friend. And it behaves very well, according to the American Car and Driver, which tested the car on the Spanish circuit of Jarama.
We do not need much more to convince ourselves, this is the truth. The TT RS should be shown at the Auto Show in São Paulo / SP, which happens in October, and arrive in stores the following month.