When it comes to 'OOOmph', it's difficult to do much better than the five-cylinder power that features in the Audi TT RS, especially as now it is available in an all-new, 400PS form in both Coupé and Roadster models.
It's the most powerful series production TT to date, and is within touching distance of being considered as an honorary member of the supercar bracket with its sub-four-second acceleration capability (3.7 seconds 0-62mph in the Coupe and 3.9 in the Roadster) and potential 174mph top speed - potentially only because the initial speed is limited to 155mph but can be increased with the optional specification of Dynamic Package Plus.
The newly developed five-cylinder, 2.5-litre TFSI engine with dual injection and Audi Valvelift technology works closely with the reduced weight to bring a 17% increase in performance in this latest TT RS, with a considerable increase in both power and torque of 400PS and 480Nm.
With the weight of the seven-speed S tronic transmission also having been reduced, its' actions via the Audi Drive Select adaptive dynamics system, which offers Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual modes, aids performance even more, having an extra bearing on how the RS-specific progressive steering, throttle, exhaust flaps and quattro all-wheel drive system work too.
The body of the TT RS sits ten millimetres lower than the entry level TT, and this also applies when the optional Dynamic Package incorporating RS sport suspension plus with Audi magnetic ride is used, making good use of special dampers filled with synthetic oil and suspended magnetic particles that adapt the damper’s operating characteristic to the profile of the road and style of the driver at millisecond intervals, modulated using the onboard Audi Drive Select system.
The lowered body also ensures that the standard 19" cast wheels with their five-arm polygon design fill the wheel arches more, and these are available in either silver, matt titanium look or gloss anthracite black finishes, along with exclusively available 20" 7-spoke rotor design alternatives. Controlled by fittingly forceful brakes, could the car look any better?
Or perform any better?
Special exterior applications are there to help boost the intense concentration of power within the car, including large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb lattice and quattro logo, aerodynamically-shaped side sills and a fixed rear wing sitting on two thin double struts. Beneath all this is a striking bumper with a strongly profiled diffuser insert with four vertical fins flanked by the large bore elliptical tailpipes of the RS exhaust system.
The car itself is available in a choice of nine ‘standard’ colours, including the RS-specific tones Nardo grey and Catalunya red, metallic, and all can be combined with optional matt aluminium and gloss black styling packages which soften or darken the look of the Singleframe grille surround, RS rear spoiler blade and diffuser insert.
Inside the new Audi TT RS 400PS version are super sports seats upholstered in Fine Nappa leather and a TT RS sport leather and Alcantara steering wheel with new integral ‘satellite’ buttons for engine start/stop and Audi Drive Select functions.
The fully digital Audi virtual cockpit, the 12.3" high definition screen quickly makes its presence felt, complete with a choice of three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides additional performance data, and a shift light which informs the driver when the rev limit has been reached. It can even display individual tyre pressures if required.
Besides displaying mapping from the MMI navigation plus system (standard for UK TT RS models in full ‘wide screen’ format), the virtual cockpit serves as the interface for the Audi Connect online services which come as standard on a three-year subscription basis, and features Google Earth mapping and Google Street View, online weather updates, travel information and news, access to Twitter and integration of a Wi-Fi hotspot for in-car web browsing on personal devices.
The Audi phone box and a Bang & Olufsen sound system also come as standard.
One highlight (in more ways than one) of the TT RS are the Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) rear lights comprising of four wafer-thin units that emit an extremely homogeneous, high-contrast light which can be continuously dimmed, does not cast any shadows and does not require any reflectors, making them both efficient and visually impressive.
These are available as an alternative to the ‘standard’ LED rear lamps with their dynamic rear indicators.
To discuss options when it comes to leasing an Audi TT RS from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, contact one of our Customer Service Advisors. The power, as they say on 'Take Me Out', is in your hands, and with an Audi TT RS, that power can be even greater.