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Audi cranks up the power on new TT RS Plus
posted on May 03 2012 by Kyle McWilton
Audi has announced a new halo version of its TT coupe and roadster. Known as the RS Plus, the new addition to the range comes with more power, more torque and an enhanced specification to the already swift TT RS.
With the order books open from early May, first deliveries of the speed machine are expected in the summer.
Compared to the standard TT RS, the plus model receives 20PS more power and 15Nm of additional torque through a retuning of the high revving 2.5-litre, five cylinder TFSI petrol engine. The resulting 360PS and 465Nm can be channelled to the quattro all-wheel-drive system through either a six-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.
With the automatic transmission installed, the TT RS plus Coupe can hit 62mph from zero in just 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds for the manual). Marginally slower, the Roadster takes 4.2 seconds or 4.4 seconds depending on transmission. In all cases top speed is electronically limited to 174mph.
Yet despite all the potency available under right foot, the RS plus also stacks up in economy terms, the Coupe achieves a combined economy test figure of 33.2mpg and the Roadster 32.8mpg.
Complementing the performance is an aggressive lookl with impressive 19-inch five-arm Rotor design titanium-look alloy wheels which replace the 18-inch five double spoke examples fitted to the standard car. The single frame radiator grille with its matt aluminium surround and polished anthracite diamond-pattern mesh also sets the Audi TT RS plus apart visually, as do the carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) door mirror housings and black oval tailpipe trims. These indicate that the TT RS plus is fitted as standard with the sports exhaust system, an option in the standard car which further intensifies the already bass-heavy exhaust note.
Finally, inside the cabin, the German carmaker has added more equipment over the standard TT RS, so expect sat nav, bluetooth, and an iPod connector; all of which form part of the normally optional Technology pack.
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