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2018 Audi TT Concept Revealed

by All New Car Reviews


The last-generation Audi TT RS was a desirable but fairly brutal machine, powered by an iron-block
turbocharged five-cylinder and available to U.S. buyers with a manual transmission only. Now,
thoroughly reworked, the 2018 TT RS has catapulted into the future.

There's an all-new engine, the row-it-yourself shifter makes way for a seven-speed dual-clutch
automatic, and of course the RS version shares all of the third-generation TT's lightweight technology
and its futuristic user interface.

There is still a single-turbo 2.5-liter five-cylinder under the hood of the new TT RS, but it has been
thoroughly re-engineered by Audi's Quattro GmbH performance subsidiary. The five-banger now has
an aluminum block and is lighter than its predecessor by 57 pounds. Its also more fuel-efficient and
makes a lot more power as in 400 horsepower.

The five-cylinder delivers 354 lb-ft of torque on a plateau that stretches from 1700 to 5850 rpm. With
its 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, it delivers a distinctive five-cylinder sound that is unmistakably Audi and
harks back to Audi's heritage of five-cylinder engines, highlighted by the accomplished rally cars of
the 1980s. Performance promises to be impressive, with Audi claiming a zero-to-62-mph sprint of 3.7
seconds for the coupe add 0.2 second for the roadster version, which wont be coming to the U.S.
market. (In our tests of the previous-gen model, we saw 40-to-60-mph runs of 4.0 seconds with a
360-hp manual car and 3.6 seconds from a Euro-spec 335-hp dual-clutch car.) Top speed is governed
at 155 or 174 mph depending on market and tire rating. More would easily be possible, but there has
to be a respectful distance to the upcoming entry-level R8 with its twin-turbo V-6.

The performance divisions contribution goes deeper than the engine upgrade. It also modifies the
TTs steering for a sharper feel; optional carbon-ceramic brake rotors can be ordered in place of the
steel units on the front axle. The suspension is lowered, and magnetorheological active dampers are
optional. The car stands on 245/35R-19 standard rubber, with 255/30R-20 tires optional. The
stability-control system is tuned specifically for the TT RS and can be turned off entirely. Despite the
standard all-wheel-drive system, Audi says the car can easily be coaxed into a drift.

From the driver's seat, a few important changes help differentiate the TT RS from lesser TTs. The full
TFT screen in front of the driver can be switched to display RS-specific graphics, which feature a
centered tachometer. With the transmission in manual mode, a flash reminds the driver to upshift in
time to avoid the fuel cutoff at redline. Two extra buttons are added to the steering wheel: one to
start and shut off the ignition, the other to switch among driving modes. In fact, the car is designed
so that all user operations can be performed from the steering wheel; pretty much every button and
toggle switch on the center console is redundant, excepting only the one for the switchable exhaust.
But that's easy to adapt to: just make it a habit to switch it to "loud" immediately when you fire up
the engine, then forget about that switch for the rest of your trip.

Outside, the TT RS looks sufficiently different not to be confused with a more mundane TT or TTS.
The front fascia has large air intakes to serve the engines need for cooling, theres a fixed rear wing
(it can be optionally deleted in favor of the more discreet electrically operated spoiler thats standard
on lesser models), and the rear is punctuated by two large oval tailpipes. Given the massive holes in
the front end and the fat tires, achieving the claimed 0.32 drag coefficient (0.33 for the roadster)
must have been no small feat.

Optional OLED (organic light-emitting diode) taillights see Audi finish a close second to BMW in terms
of bringing this technology to market; the limited-edition M4 GTS was the first car to feature them.
LED taillights are standard, and the headlights are illuminated via LEDs, too.

This TT RS, indeed, reaches into the future. Weve asked how far into that future it will be before the
car finds its way to the U.S. market. All Audi has said so far is that it will be sometime during 2017 as
a 2018 model and that we wont get the roadster here. Well let you know more as soon as we find
out.

Source: New Audi TT Concept