• Aug 26th 2009 at 6:40PM
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The jury's still out as to whether Audi's TT RS will ever make across the Atlantic. But for those on the other side – or for if/when it comes here – Swiss tuning firm Sportec has launched an ECU upgrade for the Four Ring's top-notch turbo terror.

A simple remap of the engine management chip has got the stock turbo five's output up from 335-bhp and 328 lb-ft of torque to 400-bhp and 401 lb-ft. The extra tug and twist is said to be enough to drop the TT RS' sprint to 60 mph down from 4.6 seconds in stock form to an R8-rivaling 4.2 seconds – while simultaneously removing the 155 mph speed limiter.

Additional mods are in the works from Sportec, but for our part, we'd just be happy to get the stock TT RS on American shores – then we can worry about chipping it all to hell. Details in the press release and output graph after the jump.

[Source: Sportec]

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Brackley, Northamptonshire, 24th August 2009

APS of Brackley, UK importer for the Sportec range of vehicle performance enhancements, is pleased to announce the launch of a Stage One engine performance upgrade for the new 335 bhp, turbocharged five cylinder Audi TT RS.

Careful data analysis by Sportec's technicians in Switzerland highlighted opportunities for performance enhancements within the standard Audi TT RS' engine management system, enabling the development of an effective ECU remap for the 2.5-litre TFSI engine.

From the factory, the Audi TT RS produces 335bhp at 5400 rpm and 450nm (328lb.ft) at 1600rpm. Sportec's Stage One ECU performance upgrade increases power to 400bhp at 5800rpm, while torque leaps to 401 lb.ft at 2650rpm.

Post conversion, the 0-100kmh time for the Audi TT RS falls from 4.6 to 4.2 seconds and in-gear acceleration times are greatly improved. Removal of the factory 155mph top speed limiter is included as part of the Sportec Stage One package.

Priced at £1200.00 fitted, including VAT @ 15%, the Sportec Audi TT RS Stage One performance upgrade is available now from APS of Brackley. For total peace of mind, Sportec's conversions are covered by a guarantee for the balance of the manufacturer's warranty.

Due to strong customer demand, a full program of additional complimentary performance, dynamic and styling upgrades for the Audi TT RS is currently in development at Sportec's base in Höri, Switzerland.

A demonstrator Audi TT RS, fitted with the Sportec Stage One performance upgrade, will be available for media testing soon.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, I want a TT now, I hope they bring the TT RS to America.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally an Audi with a decent amount of power for the dollar.

      Btw, that graph is terrible. They need to swap the hp and tq vertical axes and it really ought to be with a real dyno plot where hp and tq crosses at 5250rpm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just think its ridiculous that you can't get a mk2 TT in the states with a 6 spd manual, quattro, AND a 2.0t. You either have to get the 3.2l and deal with getting minimal out of it unless you spend big bucks, or your stuck with the TTs and the S-tronic. Sure S-tronic may be faster, but I want my manual transmission!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh no you don't. I wouldn't have a corvette if i got it free from Oprah. Waste of plastic, entrenched corporate socialism, and broken promises . I'd only get a vette if it were a Chrysler, FORD, or KIA.

      Anyone else out there pushing the a/c recirculate button every time they are behind a GM vehicle?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want it in my garage... NOW!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure this generation and version of the Audi TT is better in every way, but I have to say that it was the very first generation TT in the late 90's that caught my attention and is still my first Audi love.
      • 6 Years Ago
      huge squeeze out by sportec! bravo bravo!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to see some coverage of what the aftermarket can do to a boosted car.

      VW's/Audi's 1.8T has been taken over 600 hp
      so I'm sure that this will be built up to be a BEAST by the big tuners.

      as far as vette talk.... I think they're not really the same buyer.
      ....it's not just a numbers game - comparing price / hp

      for Audi fans, this is good news, but it's not yet in the states :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem the TT RS faces is that the price lands it in Corvette territory, and as good as this is, you would have to be a HUGE Audi fan, or just jonesing for a modern Ur-Quattro, to take this over a Corvette. The TT RS's engine just can't compete with the LS3, because it'll probably make only 500 horses at most, while probably weighing close to what the LS3 does, due to its heavy iron block. Plus, the Quattro 4WD adds significant weight, and makes the TT RS heavier than the 'Vette, too. Also, if you're dead set on a German car, the M3 Coupe is just too good to say no to.
        • 6 Years Ago
        in Europe, Corvette C6 1460 kg ~60k or more Euros ,TT-RS 1450 kg~ 56k Euros

        you have to be a HUGE Corvette fan to take it over the TT-RS with chip tuning in Europe. redneck image and huge displacement taxes aside , the TT-RS is the more complete car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I tried to price a base TT yesterday, but noted you can't have one with MT unless you get the $45K model. What's up with that? I wouldn't consider one unless it was manual-transmission, but at that price, it's no longer on my radar screen. :-(

        Did I miss something?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Rev Junkie , while Americans like the Corvette , in Europe people see it like a redneck pimp mobile, driven by pedophiles and/or people with self esteem issues.

        anyway , contrary to what Americans believe, Europe is not composed out of racetracks, there are normal roads , highways , twisty mountain roads , narrow streets in old cities. who cares if a car is 1 second faster on some track or 0.2 seconds quicker to 100 km/h ? - no one really . but people do care about quality, practicality, comfort , daily driving. the TT is the better car overall.

        and guess what ? the larger part of Europe has snow in the winter and it rains a lot during summer. put the Corvette against the TT-RS on snow or a wet track , see what happens.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're missing my point. While I am surprised the TT RS weighs less than the 'Vette, and over $4K cheaper than the 6-speed Z51 Coupe, too, that extra money gets you a car that is more powerful, goes from 0-60 in 4 sec flat, and would kick the Audi's ass around a racetrack. Plus, in America, the Corvette is a much more revered nameplate than in Europe. Not to mention that the LS3 engine can be tuned for a helluva lot more power and probably doesn't weigh much more than the 2.5L five in the TT RS. And here's my final point. The Corvette is a dedicated sports car. The TT RS is based off of a Golf. It's a great car and very desirable, but it is just a TT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ RevJunkie...

        sorry to say it but you are wrong completely..

        TT-RS 55kEuro
        Corvette basic C6 LS3 basic price 65kEuro with some options easy north of 72kEuro...

        the different between TT-RS and Corvette is more 10-17kEuro than $4k...

        The Corvette is not cheap in Europe and for that reason it is no problem at all for TT-RS sales...

        One word to perfromance... the stock TT-RS reached on to track tests nearly identical laptimes to the C6 LS3 with laptime differents smaler than a second
        Hockenheim shorttrack
        TT-RS 1:15.0
        C6 LS3 1:41.2
        Autozeitung testtrack
        TT-RS 1:41.8
        C6 LS3 1:41.5

        0-125mph the C6 LS3 is only 1.7s faster than the stock TT-RS... taking into account that the TT-RS is 10k-15k Euro cheaper it looks like a bargain compared to the Europen priced Vette...

      • 6 Years Ago
      about time, we were talking about this in the RS3 post.

      the TT-RS actually looks decent in person, saw a convert and coupe last week. With 400/401 it sounds a might bit entertaining for m3 baiting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha I guess you were right. Nice to see this done. Now if only Audi did it from the factory. (Yea, I know its never going to happen)
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's keeping me from loving this car... The engine turned sideways and the Haldex.

      Proper quattros are longitudinal and Torsen.

      The turbo 5 makes all the right noises though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amazing performance, however i think the side panels look a bit awkward. the lines are not placed well. its still a million times better then previous models.
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