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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Audi TT RS S tronic will be introduced to Australia along with a Limited Edition model that includes almost $9000 of added value.

There will be no price premium for the S tronic (seven-speed dual-clutch transmission) or for the Limited Edition package, meaning all Audi TT RS models in Australia will be priced from $139,900, before dealer delivery and government statutory charges.

The Audi TT RS is powered by a 2.5-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine with 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

The TT RS S tronic will be the model for speed enthusiasts. With a 0-100km/h acceleration time of just 4.3 seconds, the new model is three-tenths quicker than the six-speed manual TT RS. Incredibly, Audi says it is also 0.3 of a second quicker than the 309kW/430Nm Audi R8 4.2 FSI. The TT RS’s top speed is limited to 250km/h.

The S tronic model’s combined cycle fuel consumption is also considerably better than the manual, at 8.5 litres/100km compared with 9.2 litres/100km. The S tronic averages 197g/km CO2.

The S tronic transmission allows drivers to choose between two fully automatic shift modes and a manual mode with gears changed using either the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters or with the gear lever.

The S tronic also includes a launch control function, which is designed to deliver maximum power with minimum wheel spin.

The additional Limited Edition package will be available on 45 Audi TT RS S tronic vehicles ordered in Australia.

It includes a black exterior styling package, metallic paint, 19-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, sports exhaust system, adaptive headlights, Bose sound system, extended leather interior package and LED interior lighting package.

The Limited Edition package adds $8460 value to the TT RS for no extra charge.

The 2011 Audi TT RS will be on the stand at the Australian International Motor Show from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 10.

CarAdvice will bring you all the news live from Melbourne on Friday. Stay tuned.




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