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The Audi TT has been among us for a long, long time. While the original model wasn’t great, it sold in huge numbers. The second generation model was much better to drive, but has not sold in the same capacity.
To keep the public interested in the TT, Audi keeps coming up with newer, more powerful versions of this car. There was the TT-S, which was followed by a the oh-so-awesome TT-RS. Now word comes that Audi is working on a even more potent model, which could possibly be called the TT-RS Plus.
According to industry moles, this new model will use an upgraded version of the current, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, turbo-charged motor. Power is expected to rise from 340 hp to 385 hp. That should make it quite fast. It should be lighter also, by as much as 130 lbs, thanks to no back seats, so expect this to be the best TT ever.
Since Audi is looking to replace the current TT in 2013, this new hot version will be the last hurrah for this model. Not much else is known at the moment, but we will keep you posted.
GALLERY: Audi TT-RS
The eagerly anticipated Audi TT RS is on its way to North America and U.S pricing has finally been announced. When it hits dealers later this year it will be priced from $56,850.
This may seem like an extraordinary amount compared to the base model selling for $38,300 but the RS promises enough performance to support the premium. The TT RS will crank out 360-hp and 343 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. The Audi will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission coupled to the quattro all-wheel drive system. The TT RS can go from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds, sporting bigger air intakes, RS oval exhaust pipes and unique 19-inch rims. The Audi will hit dealer lots during the third quarter and will be available as either a coupe or convertible.
Audi has won the “International Engine of the Year 2011″ award for the second year in a row in the 2-liter to 2.5-liter category and seventh category award in a row for Audi TFSI technology.
This engine is fitted in the RS3 Sportback and the TT RS . The engine produces 340-hp between 5,400 and 6,500 rpm with 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 to 5,300 rpm. The TT RS Coupe can do 0-100 kph in 4.3 seconds. The roadster achieves 100 in 4.4 seconds and the RS 3 Sportback can accelerate to 100 kph in 4.6 seconds.
One Internationl Engine of the Year jury member said the 2.5-liter engine is “certainly the best turbocharged engine in recent years. Torque, power, and great sound – this engine has it all! It is a powerful, visceral reminder of the original quattro rally racing engine that put Audi on the map.”
Later this month, Audi Canada will be showing the same car at the Canadian International Auto Show and company representatives have confirmed it will go on sale in that country. That being said, it’s a near certainty that the TT-RS will hit U.S. dealers some time this year – in limited quantity.
What makes the TT-RS so special is that unlike the TT-S which uses a pumped-up version of the automaker’s 2.0T engine, the TT-RS get’s a new turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder. The result is 335-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. With a six-speed manual it can hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
We’ll await official word from Audi tomorrow and expect the TT-RS to come with an equally high-performance price tag.
GALLERY: 2012 Audi TT-RS
Just last week we spied a DTM-inspired Audi TT RS Race Car, and now it’s hit the track and looking menacing as ever. Now that we see the TT RS Race Version in its natural environment, we think it’s safe to toss around the idea that Audi Motorsport might be bringing a TT back to DTM.
Raeder Motorsport did some thorough testing at the Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring in the SP 4T class on the TT RS. It will continue racing on October 30th at the same event.
The TT RS Race Version was driven by Marc Hennerici of Germany, five-time VLN winner, and Christopher Miles. It sports a modified 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder engine, enhanced with components from the Audi R8 LMS.
We’re loving the direction that Audi is going with their newly revamped TT RS and we look forward to seeing more race entries from them in the near future.
GALLERY: Audi TT RS Race Version
Mmmm, a DTM-inspired Audi TT RS! What more could we ask for?
The new Audi TT RS is an impressive machine in street trim, so it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a platform of choice for various racers around the world.
Set to debut in the VLN Endurance Series over in Europe this TT-RS Endurance racer gets a seriously DTM-style widebody that’s aggressive from bumper to bumper. Audi has teamed up with Raeder Motorsports for badass racing machine, which will first take to the track during the last two rounds of the Endurance Championship held at none other than Nürburgring.
We’ll keep our eyes out for videos of this mean TT RS taking to the track.
[Source: Audi Sport Facebook Page]
GALLERY: VLN Endurance Series Audi TT RS
Is the Audi TT-RS’s 360-hp and 174 mph top speed not enough for you? German powerhouse tuner MTM decided it clearly wasn’t enough for them and their customers. The result is a 472-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder bullet that’s already hit 194 mph out at Italy’s Nardo test track.
And just to show their tuning prowess and the potency of any turbo setup, MTM has fine-tuned the inline-five turbocharged power plant with an ECU retune, MTM’s turbocharger and a new exhaust system to hit the 472-hp number. The engine mods chime in at close to $20,200. If you want to back up the go with some show, MTM also offers new brakes, suspension, wheels and tires for around $13,900.
The wheels are a bimoto 20-inch setup wrapped with Dunlop Sport Maxx tires (at least it is on their demo car that hit 194 mph), while the brakes are a massive 15-inch setup with 8-piston calipers in the front.
GALLERY: MTM Audi TT RS
Check out the official press release after the break.
ABT Sportsline has been tinkering around with Audi‘s newest TT-RS for a while now, debuting a power package back in September 2009 that helped put down 420-hp from the roadster. An 80-hp increase from the factory 340-hp, most would think that would be enough to keep everyone happy. But ABT Sportsline wouldn’t be ABT Sportsline if they didn’t find a way to break the 500-hp mark.
The Power S Package is now available to the public and includes an ECU retune, upgraded intercooler and upgraded ABT turbocharger. Details are a little scarce on what size turbo ABT is using, but they did disclose that 501-hp is the mark that they’ve achieved with the package. No pricing has been revealed either, but we’re guessing if you want it bad enough, you’ll get it anyways.
GALLERY: ABT Sportsline Audi TT-RS
High-performance model would celebrate original's 30th anniversary
According to a recent report in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Audi is set to bring back the Quattro Coupe. The new model will be based on the Audi A5 and debut next year to celebrate 30 years since the launch of the original Quattro.
Weight of the new Quattro would be closer to 3,000 lbs, however, the engine Audi will use for the new model is not known. To save weight, the 4.2-liter V8 is most likely out of the question and rumors point to a twin-turbocharged V6. There is also the potential of using the TT-RS’s new turbocharged five-cylinder, which would make sense considering original Quattro also had a five-cylinder. Regardless, power is expected to be anywhere in the 300 to 425hp range.
Other highlights of the new Quattro include polycarbonate windows instead of glass ones, carbon ceramic brakes, an active rear spoiler, lightweight 19- or 20-inch wheels, an adjustable magnetic-ride suspension and a sporty race-like interior.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Autoblog]
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