The Audi TT is an iconic sports cars, well-regarded for its curvy design and immediately recognizable silhouette. However, the TT has never quite matched the kind of menacing, track-devouring characteristics embodied by some of its competitors—until now.
At the recent Beijing Motor Show, Audi took the wraps off of its all-new TT RS. Available as either a coupe or convertible, the new TT RS boasts a more powerful engine and should easily give Porsche new 718 Cayman S a run for its money.
Power is derived from a new five-cylinder engine producing 400-horsepower and 345 pound-feet of torque. With 60 more horsepower than its predecessor, the new TT RS can sprint from zero to 62 miles per hour in a mere 3.7 seconds.
If near supercar performance wasn’t enticing enough, the styling of the TT RS should easily sway some Cayman-lovers. It boasts an eye-catching front fascia with aggressive air intakes, OLED taillights, a fixed rear wing, and large oval tailpipes. And the sound from the latter is absolutely melodic.
Inside, Audi’s penchant for cutting-edge gadgetry is very apparent. Once settled into the low-slung bucket seats, drivers of the TT RS will enjoy the car’s innovative and engaging 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display, Audi Connect infotainment system, and even inductive smartphone charging.
Audi has yet to release pricing and availability for those of us in the U.S. But, when it does arrive, you can expect it to be on par with the new 718 Cayman S, around the $70k mark. Until it can be seen close-up in showrooms, take a closer look below.