While Audi’s new TT RS was on display at the recent Geneva Motor Show, only the Coupe variant was showcased even though images and technical details for both the Coupe and Roadster have been available for some time. That is because the first public outing for the TT RS Roadster is scheduled for next week’s Leipzig Motor Show in Germany, where it will be joined by the A4 Allroad quattro, A5 Cabriolet and R8 V10 FSI.
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.