Rag-top TT gets 343bhp, five-cylinder turbo engine
10 October 2008

Our spy photographers have snapped confirmation that a cabriolet version of the stunning new Audi TT-RS is under development in Germany. These latest pictures of the TT-RS Roadster come just days after we brought you these images of Ingolstadt’s blistering TT-RS coupe running hot laps of the Nurburgring. Both models are due to launch early in 2010, with prices starting at around £45,000 for the coupe.The TT-RS Roadster is meant to be the ultimate TT, and will use the same engine as its coupe counterpart - a 2.5-litre turbocharged direct-injection five cylinder motor that sources in Audi claim is packing 343bhp. The roadster will be fitted with Quattro four-wheel drive, and the body will be strengthened to make sure it delivers the dynamic qualities necessary in an RS model. Insiders reveal that keeping the high-performance TT’s weight down is also a big priority for Audi engineers. To aid handling, the standard TT’s magnetic dampers could be binned in favour of more performance-orientated alternatives - and carbon ceramic brakes are likely to be on the options list.Our sources suggest the TT-RS coupe will be able to dismiss 0-62mph in under five seconds, and the Roadster should offer near-identical performance, along with a limited 155mph top speed.

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10 October 2008

Are you sure it wont just have a version of the 3.0 Supercharged V6 engine from the S4?Seems a bit excessive for Audi to launch such a unique engine in such a low volume car - unless it plans to put it in other cars in its range - cant imagaine which though? RS3 perhaps?

Also, isnt £45,000 a bit overpriced? Thats more than £10,000 over the TT-S! The RS4 (with a 414bhp 4.2 V8) cost 'only' £49.999 at its launch just a couple of years ago.

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10 October 2008

I think that the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 will only ever be used in longitudinal applications. Being Golf-based the TT is a transverse-engined car.

10 October 2008

It's the engine that will/ will not power the top-spec Golf (as argued about exhaustively in previous thread). I imagine it's considerably lighter than the V6, with the TT-RS presumably meant to be (finally) capable of delivering a real challenge to the Boxster/ Cayman. But yes, I agree: £45K is mad money for a TT.

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