Audi TT RS (2016–)

Model History

April 2016

Audi TT RS launched

UK versions of the TT RS Coupe and TT RS Roadster will become available to order in Audi Centres during the summer in advance of first deliveries at the end of 2016.

Both new additions to the RS fold are powered by the multi-award winning Audi five-cylinder 2.5 TFSI engine, appearing here with the benefit of significant increases in power and torque to 400PS and 480Nm, which translate into supercar-rivalling performance – the 62mph sprint from rest can now be dispatched in as little as 3.7 seconds and top speed peaks at up to 174mph.

Another slightly less immediately evident debut is also being made as part of the concurrent launch events - OLED rear lights will be offered for the first time in Audi series production for the new TT RS. Like the Audi virtual cockpit and the comprehensive infotainment range, they are at the forefront of the Vorsprung durch Technik developments.

At 400PS it is more powerful than ever before. The maximum torque of 480Nm is available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. It ensures fantastic pulling power, which accompanies the unmistakable sound. The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 62 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 155mph, or 174mph upon request.

The 2.5 TFSI engine has a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The dual-clutch transmission impresses with high efficiency and a large spread – its lower gears are short and the seventh gear has a long transmission ratio to reduce consumption. A plate heat exchanger controls the temperature of the transmission oil; a new angle drive to the propeller shaft reduces the weight by about two kilograms.

The TT RS Coupé and the TT RS Roadster are fitted as standard with 19-inch cast wheels in a five-arm polygon design with size 245/35 tyres. As an option, Audi supplies 20-inch forged lightweight wheels in a 7-spoke rotor design and tyres of size 255/30. Both wheel types are available in silver, matt titanium look or gloss anthracite black. The recessed hubs of the 20-inch wheels are inspired by motorsport.

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.

September 2016

Audi TT RS goes on sale

Priced at £51,800 on the road, the second generation TT RS will arrive at dealers in November. Available as before in Coupe and Roadster form, the most powerful series production TT to date merits comparison with the supercar elite with its sub-four-second acceleration capability and potential 174mph top speed, and offers a similarly exclusive specification that fittingly also brings the opton of new Audi Matrix OLED lighting technology on stream for the first time.

February 2019

Updated Audi TT RS announced

Audi has given its TT RS a mid-life refresh for 2019.

The five-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol engine continues to produce 400PS and 480Nm taking it to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 174mph.

Cosmetic updates include a new front bumper as well as a resigned rear wing. Kyalami Green, a new RS-specific colour, has been added to the range.

March 2019

Prices announced for updated Audi TTRS.

Audi TT RS Coupé: £53,905
Audi TT RS Roadster: £55,695
Audi TT RS Coupé Audi Sport Edition: £57,905
Audi TT RS Roadster Audi Sport Edition: £59,655

The TT RS Audi Sport Edition is distinguishable externally by way of its black exterior highlights, which extend to the radiator grille, door mirror housings, front blade and rear diffuser insert and also the badging and Audi rings. Has 20-inch ‘7-spoke rotor’ design Audi Sport alloy wheels with a diamond cut finish in gloss anthracite black. The exhaust tailpipes are also gloss black, giving a clue to another additional feature – the RS Sport exhaust system.

What does a Audi TT RS (2016) cost?

List Price from £55,320
Buy new from £49,987