2010 audi tt rs leak february 009
The Roadster accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds – 0.1 seconds slower than the CoupeEnlarge Photo
Like the TT-RS Coupe, the Roadster variant features a 340hp (250kW) five-cylinder petrol engine with direct-injection and turbocharging technologies. This will see it accelerate from 0-62mph (100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds (4.6 seconds for the Coupe), and easily reach an electronically controlled top speed of 155mph (250km/h). Audi’s turbo engines are renowned for their relatively flat torque curves, and this one is no different. It generates 332lb-ft (450Nm) from 1,600rpm to 5,300rpm and should deliver easily accessible performance.
A six-speed manual is fitted as standard, as well as ventilated disc brakes with black four-piston aluminum calipers and diameters of 370mm at the front and 310mm at the rear.
One RS trademark that has made it to the TT-RS is the addition of the sport button, which alters throttle response and also opens a flap in the left exhaust tailpipe to increase the rumble. The standard electronic stability software has been replaced with a sportier version that is more forgiving to sideways action and can also be switched off completely for maximum fun.
Other RS specifics include a quattro permanent AWD system, a sophisticated electronic chassis and suspension management system, a fixed rear wing as opposed to the adjustable spoiler found on more mundane TT models, 18in aluminum wheels, and twin-exit oval exhaust pipes. If you really don’t like the fixed wing, Audi also gives you the option for a more discreet foldaway version.
The new TT-RS Roadster will join the Coupe in showrooms in Europe by the middle of the year. Unfortunately, there’s still no word on a U.S. debut.