Some people might overlook the Audi TT-RS because of the presence of the mighty R8, but we’re of the opinion that the TT-RS is still one heck of a sports car.
Aftermarket company, FolienCenter-NRW, seems to agree with us. Known more for its expertise in the art of auto wrapping, FolienCenter-NRW veered away from its norm with this program, giving the TT-RS a ridiculous engine upgrade that, as far as we can tell, is one of the most powerful output upgrades we’ve seen in a TT-RS.
The work done under the hood is nothing short of spectacular. Taking the sports coupe’s 2.5-liter engine, FolienCenter dropped a number of LOBA motorsports components into the mix, highlighted by a LO500P turbo charger, a charge air intercooler and a fuel pump. From there, the tuner also sought FTS Fahrzeugtechnik to add high-performance ignition plugs and software optimization into the mix. As you can expect, that much work resulted in some serious power improvements to the tune of 501 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to hit 200 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds with a blistering top speed of 199 mph.
And to put the proverbial cherry on top of this tuning sundae, FolienCenter gave the TT-RS some new skin. FolienCenter calls this color "Chromium Red,” and it goes with matte-silver elements that give off a nice contrast to the eye-popping body color. Last but not least, a set of 20-inch rims were installed wrapped in Hankook S1 Evo tires with a new Bilstein B16 coil-over suspension system taking care of lowering the car’s ride height.
This is a real treat of a program, if we do say so ourselves. A shade under 200 mph for an Audi TT-RS?
We’re buying in.
No doubt, chromium wrapping will be regarded as an important trend in the forthcoming tuning season, just around the corner. This is, of course, also known to the car wrapping experts of FolienCenter-NRW domiciled in Haan, who wrapped the Audi TT RS coupé (seen in the photo here) in a spectacular "chromium red" prototype wrap of Hexis.
The Audi becomes an absolute eyecatcher in combination with the contrast surfaces and contrast elements (of course, also realized in Hexis wrap) in matt silver, which harmonizes perfectly well with the look of the original external mirror of the TT RS in the factory-chosen matt silver, as well as the high-gloss consolidated Audi RS6 rims.
The 9x20 inches rims are covered all round with Hankook S1 Evo tires of 225/30R20. A Bilstein B16 coil-over suspension is responsible for the opulent lowering.
Yet the TT doesn’t only look shrill, it also commands an indomitable powerhouse beneath the engine hood: thanks to the modified LOBA motorsports components (LO500P turbo charger, charge air inter-cooler, fuel pump) and the better high-performance ignition plugs and a final software optimization by FTS Fahrzeugtechnik, the five-cylinder TFSI engine extracts precisely 501 Horse Power from its 2.5 liter cubic capacity and maltreats the Sachs-Performance clutch with a maximum torque of 563 Newton meters. The shattering power is accompanied by the deep sound of the Milltek exhaust system following up on the HJS racing catalytic converters. With a sprint capacity from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and top speed in excess of 320 km/h, the "red lightning" already now, belongs to the "very fast" category in town. In spite of all that, the power doesn’t seem to be yet sufficient: an even stronger expansion stage of the TFSI drive mechanism is already in the offing. This is expected to generate more than 700 Horse Power - absolute madness!