2010 Audi TT

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$37,800 - $40,800
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Engine Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG MPG 21 City / 29 Hwy
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2010 TT Overview

2010 Audi TT RS - Click above for high-res image gallery There is only one Audi TT RS in the entire United States right now. And here we are, hurling the black coupe down the front straight at Willow Springs Raceway at 132 mph. We've been invited out to the sunny California desert on a pristine day to flog the hottest-ever Audi TT back-to-back against its TTS sibling, along with a few stints in the all-new S4 and R8 V10 for good measure. The TT RS isn't simply another upgraded model in the automaker's diversified lineup. The TTS (and the other standard performance models) come from the Audi AG Sport division, while the TT RS was incubated and hatched by Quattro GmbH – the team who brought us the nefarious R8, RS4 and RS6. And while we've seen the TT on our shores with four- and six-cylinder powerplants, the new five-cylinder engine marks a significant departure for the front-engine coupe and convertible (even as it pays homage to the original 1980s-era Audi Sport Quattro). So what makes the TT RS special and how does it fit into the current TT lineup? More importantly, how does the enthusiast-tuned package work under demanding track conditions? We intend to find out while answering a very important question for Audi: Should it bring the TT RS to the States? %Gallery-90873% Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc. Pop the front hood of the TT RS and you will observe a beautifully finished transverse-mounted inline-five complete with painted red valve covers. Displacing 2.5-liters, the iron block/aluminum head powerplant features direct-injection and turbocharging to squeeze out a robust 340 horsepower. That's admirable power, but more impressive is the 332 pound-feet of torque starting at just 1,600 rpm (the TTS makes 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four). Mated to a new six-speed close-ratio manual transmission – the only gearbox offered on the TT RS – power is predictably sent to all four wheels through Audi's Quattro system (using a specially-modified Haldex multi-plate clutch). The automaker says the TT RS will sprint to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds (cutting half-a-second from the TTS). Top speed is limited to 155 mph unless you opt (pay) to have it removed for the enjoyment of explaining to the judge why you were doing an unrestricted 174 mph on Interstate 95. In addition to the unique engine and transmission, the suspension is also upgraded (lowered ride height and firmer springs). However, Audi's magnetic ride adaptive damping system wouldn't be offered in the U.S. market if Audi pulls the trigger. The brakes are upgraded to 14.57-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the front (the TTS wears 13.4-inch units) while the rears share the TTS' 12.2-inch diameter discs with single-piston calipers. Our test model was sporting 255/30R20 Continental tires on all four corners. The TT RS is physically differentiated by its unique front fascia (including a jet black RS-line honeycomb grille), side skirts and special …
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2010 TT Overview

2010 Audi TT RS - Click above for high-res image gallery There is only one Audi TT RS in the entire United States right now. And here we are, hurling the black coupe down the front straight at Willow Springs Raceway at 132 mph. We've been invited out to the sunny California desert on a pristine day to flog the hottest-ever Audi TT back-to-back against its TTS sibling, along with a few stints in the all-new S4 and R8 V10 for good measure. The TT RS isn't simply another upgraded model in the automaker's diversified lineup. The TTS (and the other standard performance models) come from the Audi AG Sport division, while the TT RS was incubated and hatched by Quattro GmbH – the team who brought us the nefarious R8, RS4 and RS6. And while we've seen the TT on our shores with four- and six-cylinder powerplants, the new five-cylinder engine marks a significant departure for the front-engine coupe and convertible (even as it pays homage to the original 1980s-era Audi Sport Quattro). So what makes the TT RS special and how does it fit into the current TT lineup? More importantly, how does the enthusiast-tuned package work under demanding track conditions? We intend to find out while answering a very important question for Audi: Should it bring the TT RS to the States? %Gallery-90873% Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc. Pop the front hood of the TT RS and you will observe a beautifully finished transverse-mounted inline-five complete with painted red valve covers. Displacing 2.5-liters, the iron block/aluminum head powerplant features direct-injection and turbocharging to squeeze out a robust 340 horsepower. That's admirable power, but more impressive is the 332 pound-feet of torque starting at just 1,600 rpm (the TTS makes 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four). Mated to a new six-speed close-ratio manual transmission – the only gearbox offered on the TT RS – power is predictably sent to all four wheels through Audi's Quattro system (using a specially-modified Haldex multi-plate clutch). The automaker says the TT RS will sprint to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds (cutting half-a-second from the TTS). Top speed is limited to 155 mph unless you opt (pay) to have it removed for the enjoyment of explaining to the judge why you were doing an unrestricted 174 mph on Interstate 95. In addition to the unique engine and transmission, the suspension is also upgraded (lowered ride height and firmer springs). However, Audi's magnetic ride adaptive damping system wouldn't be offered in the U.S. market if Audi pulls the trigger. The brakes are upgraded to 14.57-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the front (the TTS wears 13.4-inch units) while the rears share the TTS' 12.2-inch diameter discs with single-piston calipers. Our test model was sporting 255/30R20 Continental tires on all four corners. The TT RS is physically differentiated by its unique front fascia (including a jet black RS-line honeycomb grille), side skirts and special …Hide Full Review