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2012 Audi TT-RS Plus

Audi is preparing to bring out the new generation TT-RS in 2013, but before that happens, the company is sending the current generation out with a more powerful bang. Called the TT-RS Plus, this new model will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions. In Germany, the TT-RS Coupe equipped with a manual transmission will be priced at €60,650 ($80,500 at the current exchange rates) and €62,800 ($83,500 at the current exchange rates) with the seven-speed S tronic . The TT RS Plus Roadster has a list price of €63,500 ($84,500 at the current exchange rates) with the manual transmission and €65,650 ($86,000 at the current exchange rates) with the seven-speed S tronic.

The Audi TT-RS Plus will be the most powerful TT-RS model launched on the market. It is powered by a 2.5 liter five-cylinder turbo engine that delivers a total of 360 HP - an increase of 20 HP over the standard version. As a result, the model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed that has been increased to 173 mph.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: The new Audi TT-RS Plus has made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and we have added a series of live images from the show. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the Audi TT-RS Plus.

Exterior and Interior

Audi TT-RS Plus

The new Audi TT-RS has a few elements that will further distinguish it from the rest of the line-up. At the front of the vehicle, the single-frame radiator grille features a diamond-pattern mesh in a highly polished anthracite and the trim frame has a matte aluminum-look finish. The side of the Audi has exterior mirrors that are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and the back of the car sports a dual-branch sport exhaust system with black oval tailpipe trims. A special set of 19" cast wheels in a five-arm "Rotor" design finish off the exterior look and are painted black with contrasting red rim flanges. The wheels are combined with a high-performance brake system that includes four-piston fixed calipers in conjunction with perforated brake disks installed on the front axle. An optional Carbon design package is available to give the engine compartment a more exclusive look.

Inside of the Audi TT-RS Plus, the gear knob and selector lever feature an aluminum-look trim ring and a TT RS Plus badge.

Engine

Audi TT-RS Plus

The Audi TT-RS Plus is powered by the usual 2.5 liter five-cylinder turbo engine, but its output has been increased to 360 HP and 342 lbs-ft of torque. The engine can be mated to either a manual six-speed transmission or a seven-speed S tronic with its lightning-fast gearshifts. The model will also be equipped with Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which operates with a multi-plate clutch, transfering engine power to the road in supreme style.

When mated to the manual transmission, the standard Audi TT-RS Plus will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while the S-tronic gearbox will improve the sprint time by .2 seconds, to 4.1. The roadster version will achieve the 0-60mph sprint in 4.4 seconds with manual transmission and in 4.2 seconds with the S-Tronic. In all cases, top speed is limited to 173 mph.

In terms of fuel economy, the Coupe combined with the S tronic transmission uses an average of just 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg) and the Roadster model uses 8.6 liters per 100 km (27.35 US mpg).

Prices

Audi TT-RS Plus

In Germany, the TT-RS Coupe equipped with a manual transmission will be priced at €60,650 ($80,500 at the current exchange rates) and €62,800 ($83,500 at the current exchange rates) with the seven-speed S-Tronic. The TT RS Plus Roadster has a list price of €63,500 ($84,500 at the current exchange rates) with the manual transmission or €65,650 ($86,000 at the current exchange rates) with the S-Tronic.

Competition

Audi TT-RS Plus

With the extra 20 HP and all of the other improvements, the TT-RS Plus brings about a new challenge for its competitors. For example, the Nissan 370Z Nismo is powered by a 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 aluminum alloy engine that delivers a total of 350 HP at 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm, 10 HP less than the Audi. Top speed is also limited to 155 mph.

The Porsche Cayman R is surprisingly even less impressive with its 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 330 HP, 30 HP less than the Audi. The Cayman R sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, a full seven seconds slower than the Audi TT-RS Plus. Of course, the Cayman R does have a top speed of 175 mph.

Audi TT-RS Plus
LOVE IT
  • Extra power
  • Great look
  • Love those wheels
LEAVE IT
  • Top speed is limited


19 comments:

The engine of this Audi can release a powerful 360HP and 342 lbs-ft torque. It is best priced at $83,500-$86,000. It seems identical on the Porsche Cayman.

Audi has its reputation of making brilliant car models. So it’s no surprise if many people are amazed with TT-RS Plus. However, the price will surely kill your budget! smiley

Audi remarkably makes another preparations of the TT-RS Plus. It has great exterior look. I know that they will equip it with more power.

This TT RS-Plus was a must-have. This car offers its great performance, aggressiveness while on the road, luscious look, glossy and splendid exterior and super nice wheels.

Wow! The steering wheel fits well on the body paint. This concept is oozing on its platform design, and it has an extra power to produce.

I think it looks brilliant, and those figures are impressive. It could have been faster, but then it would be stepping on the toes of the R8. I love the new sexy wheels; it takes the car to a different league.

"The Cayman R sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, a full seven seconds slower than the Audi TT-RS Plus. Of course, the Cayman R does have a top speed of 175 mph."

This means that the Audi does 0 to 60 mph in -2.1 second (NEGATIVE 2.1 seconds). The Audi is at 60 mph 2.1 seconds before it starts to accelerate.

That is great, I think.

It is almost the same with TT, but it doesn’t matter at all for the fact that they are both from Audi. Anyway, I also love the decency of this TT-RS plus and it sill looks very elegant and decent on that.

It is not really looked like TT-RS American model, but I must say that I would prefer to have this TT-RS Plus. It’s maybe looked very simple, but I love the decency that this vehicle had, and I’m already satisfied on its engine.

I love the exclusivity of this TT-RS Plus! smiley Well, for me, it is much more very appealing than to American model version of it. Furthermore, it is totally a complete packaged for a sedan!

I’m glad that they have already boosted and use an impressive turbo engine for this TT-Rs. smiley Furthermore, I admit that it really looks so striking on its design, but I wonder if it also had an impressive interior.

TT-RS Plus is looks so elegant on its sleek silver body paint, and even though it is on a simple detailing, it is still very appealing. I just only hope that its engine will be quite good enough for it.

TT-RS Plus is one of the simplest but coolest cars that I saw today! Well, this one could surely love by a business person, for it really looks so decent and very suited for an executive person. smiley

The five-cylinder Turbo engine of this TT-RS Plus is absolutely very striking on this one, and I have to agree that even though it didn’t really have an elegant detailing, it was still very striking and awesome on its own and simple design.

Just like them, I love also the decency of this new TT-RS model, and it is already looking great and simply awesome on its body paint. I only hope that on its next update news, they will, likewise include some of the pictures on its interior.

I wonder if its engine, is just enough for this one? Anyway, I hope they also include some pictures of its interior, and I am hoping also that it is impressive as well as its exterior appearance.

Although it doesn’t have a sophisticated and super glimmering body paint just like what TT-RS American model had, I can say that this new model of them is still very striking on its decent and classy looks.

This new generation of the TT-RS is absolutely striking in its aesthetic design, and I must say that it is totally perfect and so classy on its metallic body paint. smiley I just hope that it also had an impressive interior.

I can say that I’m so impressed with this new coupe of TT-Rs from Audi! The platform and the other detailing of this one is very simple but absolutely looking so elegant on it, but I think they should upgrade the engine of it.

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