• Apr 8th 2008 at 2:04PM
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There's no denying that Audi is planning more variants of the TT and R8, but most of the speculation revolves around fitting both models with high-output engines to produce RS variants. The TT-RS is expected to house a turbocharged, five-cylinder engine making around 350 hp and the R8 will benefit from some form of forced induction, with either a V8 or V10 mill taking the place of the stock 4.2-liter V8 – not to mention the V12 TDI mill. But what about weight reduction?

According to Inside Line, Audi is considering "Sport" variants of both models, a concept that was executed back in 2005 with the introduction of the TT Quattro Sport, which featured a slight bump in power, revised suspension, Recaro thrones and nixed some of the superfluous material inside. Unfortunately, it never made it Stateside.

The new "Sport" versions of each model would use a similar philosophy, and in the case of the R8, that could mean a boost in power to around 500 hp, limiting some of the creature comforts like heated seats, climate control and stereo, and replacing the hood, engine cover, dash, doors and roof with carbon fiber components. And while Inside Line was speculating, they threw on some carbon ceramic brakes for good measure. All told, that could drop the R8's curb weight by some 200 pounds, dropping its 0-60 time into the high three-second range and paying dividends in the handling department. Inside Line expects both models to make it to production next year as 2010 models, although distribution in the U.S. is still an open question.

[Source: InsideLine]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I currently own and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro, and I have owned a handful of VWs. The newer they are the heavier they have been getting. If Audi sold the same TT-S that is available in the UK in the US, I would own one right now. My A4 weighs in at 3550 lbs, and feels very nice to spiritedly drive. I even autocross my A4, and it does quite well. I wish I had a TT at less than 2700 lbs with the 2.0T (current, or the new one offered in the UK), Quattro and a 6 speed manual.

      But lets be honest, the US market always seems to be left out on these "special" models. I will be buying a Lotus Elise this summer to fulfill my lightweight performance desires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a serious crush on the R8.

      Is that wrong?
        • 7 Years Ago
        From TopGear.com's drive of the S5.

        "At the end of my drive, the chassis engineer asked whether the new front axle layout made much difference. I didn't want to offend the guy, so I made noises about the improved steering accuracy. But given that he'd asked, I had to say the S5 still felt nose-heavy and lifeless at the limit. "Exactly," he flatly replied.

        Seems the new layout means he can make the car far more playable, but the marketing types told him he had to pull it back to the usual Audi understeer because the customers like it..."

        I thought Audi wanted to become "The Ultimate Driving Machine". If Audi's own engineer feels their new car is inferior dynamically, why should I like or even respect it. If their engineers were allowed to do what they wanted I wouldn't have a problem. I thought Audi's slogan is Truth in Engineering.

        I know this doesn't directly apply to the R8, but it doesn't make me feel any better about Audi. The Aveo does not hurt my view of the Corvette, the Cayenne of the 911, or the Fiat Panda of the F430. The new A5 was supposed to be as good to drive a 3-series, but, from the reviews I've read, it doesn't. I was hoping there was finally a rival for BMW, but Audi, on an affordable level, let me down. BMWs, in general anyway, are fun whether you're buying a 335i or an M3.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @zamafir

        It doesn't bother me that Audi makes FWD cars, but that FWD is their philosophy. Other than the R8, all their cars are derived from FWD chassis's. The idea that if I were to walk in an Audi dealership and find the rest of their product range not fitting to what I believe a good car should be is disappointing. The R8 is to Audi what the
        Cayenne is to Porsche. And, to make a couple things clear, I'm not a GT-R fanboy and the Versa is French.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think so, since I extremely like the R8 as well, but it bothers me enough that Audi, regardless of quattro, is a FWD company that I would not buy one (I think...ok I really don't know).
          • 7 Years Ago
          Wow, seriously? Seriously? lmao, alright. I'd love to see you track an R8, the most glorious car ever to wear four rings, then come off the track, shake your head and complain "well... they also sell a few fronttrak cars". That's just stupid.

          "yeah, the GT-R is quick, I guess, but they also make the versa, which has no bearings on the GT-R but still, I wont consider one because they build it"

          or better yet

          "yeah the 911 Turbo/GT3/Carrera GT are stupid entertaining, but porsche does offer a v6 cayenne in europe so it's a no go".

          You sir win today's award for the most retarded qualification.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ Leaf

        You are not alone, lol

        And btw, the R8 quattro system never routes i think more than 25% (?) of the torque to the front wheels, so yeah
        • 7 Years Ago
        To me, Audi is a quattro company above all. I think much of their engineering takes place with AWD in mind. While it surely adds weight, the handling and traction advantages of quattro are really excellent. I can attest that my quattro A4 has saved my ass a few times when I've made a poor decision or hit a massive puddle. Audi is also getting better at sending more power to the rear wheels for a sportier feel for those who want RWD. Still, having the option to send power to the front wheels for when it's needed is a really great thing to have. Even the GT-R, which behaves as an RWD vehicle most of the time, makes use of this technology. Plenty of companies make crappy FWD cars wearing the same badges as their better models. It's silly to scoff at a GT-R because of the Sentra, a Corvette because of the Aveo, or an F430 because of the Fiat Panda. Car companies need to make money too. They do that by selling cars to the 90% of people who aren't enthusiasts and are primarily interested in safe transportation. FWD takes care of their needs, making money that can be spent on building better AWD and RWD rides.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can probably shed 200 pounds by swapping in an LS7 motor instead of using a DOHC motor, and you wouldn't have to compromise creature comforts.

      In all seriousness here, thank god they didn't nix the cup holders.

      :)

      • 7 Years Ago
      The TT could really use a diet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the current basic TT weights 2772lbs(as much as a Honda S2000) why does it need a diet?
        Only the V6 powered TT versions are heavy...but they are not offered as the perfromance versions they are the comfort versions of the TT.

        The 2008 270hp TT-S with AWD weights 3069lbs that is clearly lighter as the old 240hp TT quattro sport from 2005 (old model)

        The TT RS is no new news... and funny that all the R8 rumours are english press only.. I give not a penny on that claim..
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good, and Audi could you also paint the whole R8 so that every costumer doesnt have to go aftermarket it on it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Nagma, where are you getting 2772? Audiusa.com says 2965 unladen. Just curious.

        Also, unfortunately, the 2.0 variants only come in wrong wheel drive, so you'd (well, I would) want the 3.2 variant, which is about 3200+ pounds. These are all for the coupe variants as well.

        Anyway, looking forward to these lightweight versions.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The internets say 2850.

        I don't believe any of them. I'll give $100 to the person who weighs their new TT and gets a figure under 3,000lbs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What they really need to do is just dump the TT in favor of a lightweight R4. But with Porsche now in the mix, that will never happen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm a "sportier" sports super car? Does this mean it will have flying capabilities too?
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