Australian pricing and specifications for the 2017 Audi TT RS range have been released this week, with the new two-door hero starting from $137,900 before on-road costs.
For the first time, both the TT RS coupe and roadster will be offered locally, powered by a 294kW/480Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine – and both capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in under 4.0 seconds.
Under the bonnet is the company’s revised 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, pushing out 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque, the latter arriving between 1700 and 5850rpm. Drive is sent to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system (with rear bias) via a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission with launch control.
Audi claims the TT RS coupe can sprint from zero to 100km/h in a supercar-challenging 3.7 seconds, while the roadster manages to hit the ton from a standstill in 3.9 seconds. Top speed for both versions is electronically-limited to 250km/h, though it can be raised to 280km/h “upon request”.
Fuel consumption, meanwhile, is rated at 8.4L/100km combined for the coupe, and 8.6L/100km for the roadster.
Housing the brakes are 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, featuring a seven-spoke rotor design available in matte titanium, silver, or gloss black. Regardless of the wheel finish, the TT RS’s rims are shod with 255/30 ZR20 rubber all round. The TT RS aso rides 10mm lowered than the standard range, with magnetic ride dampers also standard fit.
Standard equipment includes the company’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display – which includes a special RS view – RS sports seats with integrated head restraints, neck-heaters (roadster only), an RS sport leather steering wheel with paddle shifters and satellite controls for engine on/off and Audi drive select mode, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 155W nine-speaker sound system, a sports exhaust system with black oval tailpipe trims, and a fixed rear spoiler.
As always, there are numerous cost options, including premium paint ($650-$2000), a carbon engine cover ($1300), extended leather trim ($450), carbon interior inlays ($1700), wireless phone charger ($350), a 680W Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker sound system ($1150).
There’s also three option packages, such as the advanced lighting package ($3000) which adds matrix LED headlights, OLED 3D tail-lights and dynamic indicators all round, the RS Catalunya Red design package ($1900) which includes Catalunya Red air vent rings, red-edged seatbelts, and RS-branded floor mats with contrasting red stitching, along with the RS Nardo Grey design package ($1900) which similarly adds Nardo Grey highlights for the inner air vents, grey-edged seatbelts and RS floor mats with grey stitching.
Additionally, buyers can opt for the gloss black or matte aluminium exterior design packages, which adds different finishes for the front spoiler, grille frame and rear wing. The matte aluminium pack also extends the finishes to the rear spoiler and diffuser trims.
The new Audi TT RS coupe and roadster are on sale now.
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2017 Audi TT RS pricing (plus on-road costs)
TT RS coupe – $137,900
TT RS roadster – $141,900