New generation of Audi's hardcore coupé could get an aluminium-block five-cylinder engine producing up to 400bhp
16 March 2016

The new Audi TT RS Roadster has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring, ahead of its expected arrival in showrooms this year.

It'll be joined by the regular Coupé version, which was also been seen testing recently.

Both are expected to be powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, however it’s still unclear if it will use a breathed-on version of the 2.5-litre unit that already features in the Audi RS3. The motor in the mega-hatch produces 362bhp, but more power could feasibly be squeezed out of it to increase the gap between the TT RS and the 306bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder TT S.

It is possible that the TT RS could be the first Audi to get a new generation of the five-cylinder engine, with an aluminium block instead of the current motor’s steel block. Originally used in non-turbocharged form in the US-market VW Jetta, the new engine could produce up to 400bhp and potentially allow Audi to make the RS slightly lighter than the S. The extra performance could help the TT RS to crack 0-62mph in less than four seconds and hit a top speed of 180mph.

If the TT RS does indeed come with 400bhp, it will be well matched against its expected key rivals. Porsche's Cayman GT4 produces 380bhp from its 3.8-litre flat six engine, while the Mercedes-AMG A45 gets 376bhp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol motor. The Lotus Evora S, meanwhile, is powered by a 345bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine.

Regardless of engine, the next TT RS will be four-wheel drive only, although buyers should have a choice of transmission, with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox being offered as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual.

Although heavily disguised, the only obvious aesthetic difference between the Coupé and Roadster is the soft-top roof. 

Earlier test mules, also spotted at the Nürburgring, showed how the RS will feature a relatively subtle styling kit, with new bumpers front and rear, deeper air intakes at the front end and oval exhaust pipes. The final production models are both likely to receive a large rear spoiler. The prototype of the Roaster looks to be production ready, with only a rear spoiler missing.

Our Verdict

Audi RS TT
Latest TT dares to shake the dust from the memory of the mighty five-cylinder Quattro

The Audi TT RS is a car of highs and lows. The engine is wonderful and the Quattro’s hallmarks are all there to see. It just lacks the finesse of the Cayman.

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14 October 2015

Less than 4 to 60 is bonkers even if its largely down to a clever AWD system.

ofir

17 October 2015

That and a great engine,which burbles away on overrun.Check out the figures of the old model,manual did 0-60 in 4.0 and DSG in 3.6! that was and is faster than ever recorded for a Cayman or even the much more expensive C4S or even GTS.The new C4S may get close to that now.A simple ECU upgrade and downpipe for GBP800 or so gives you 435hp [based on the TTRS+] and 0-60 in the low 3's.It is a fantastic practical all weather sports car for the money,IMHO.
<4 seconds is nothing now,I expect it to be <3.5 with the new model,or it will be disappointing.
As to the comments above,I do not believe there will be a different engine or manual.
I have a manual as they did not come to NA with a DSG,but would prefer the DSG anyday.[just as I would have PDK in a 911]
Mac

Madmac

16 March 2016
madmac wrote:

That and a great engine,which burbles away on overrun.Check out the figures of the old model,manual did 0-60 in 4.0 and DSG in 3.6! that was and is faster than ever recorded for a Cayman or even the much more expensive C4S or even GTS.The new C4S may get close to that now.A simple ECU upgrade and downpipe for GBP800 or so gives you 435hp [based on the TTRS+] and 0-60 in the low 3's.It is a fantastic practical all weather sports car for the money,IMHO.
<4 seconds is nothing now,I expect it to be <3.5 with the new model,or it will be disappointing.
As to the comments above,I do not believe there will be a different engine or manual.
I have a manual as they did not come to NA with a DSG,but would prefer the DSG anyday.[just as I would have PDK in a 911]
Mac

Er, no it didn't! Even the TT RS Plus with 355bhp only managed it in 4.3 seconds.

16 March 2016

Oh yes it did! the figures are from a Car&Driver instrumented test,what instrumented test are you reading?,or is it just someone's estimate? sadly the usual these days.
Mac

Madmac

16 March 2016

Didn't they also record the Huracan in 2.5 to 60? That's a good half second clear of anyone else...

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