Available as a retrofit package

The automotive market has evolved to the point where carmakers offer a wide range of intermediate versions of their vehicles. Can’t afford a BMW M but you also want something above the standard model? You can get one with the M Sport package. The same goes for various Mercedes-Benz models and, starting 2017, for a couple of Audi vehicles too. The German firm has just launched the Audi Sport Performance Parts line, which adds various upgrades to the R8, TT, TTS and TT RS.

With upgrades for the exterior, interior, suspension, and exhaust system, the Sport Performance Parts package is also a bit different from what you can get from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, it’s a retrofit range, so you can purchase it for a car you already own. The bundles are scheduled to go on sale this summer, initially in Germany, but other markets will receive them later on. The good news is that Audi is planning to launch similar ranges for additional models in the future. Find out what these packages include in the review below.

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Exterior

Developed in the Audi wind tunnel, aero upgrades include various CFRP parts.

The most visible add-ons from this bundle are the exterior aero bits. Developed in the Audi wind tunnel, they include clear-cut highlights on the front air inlets, side skirts, and the rear diffuser, as well as a splitter and flics on the front bumper and the fixed rear wing. On top of giving the R8 and the TT a more race-inspired look, they also improve downforce. On the R8, downforce increases by 220 pounds to 551 pounds at 205 mph, while at 93 mph it doubles to 114.6 pounds compared to the standard model. All these parts are made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) on the R8 and from CFRP and plastic on the TT. An engine hood with larger air vents is also available for the TT. All features have the Audi Sport logo for a more unique appearance.

Interior

The first thing that catches the eye is the sports steering wheel with multi-function controls.

Inside, the first thing that catches the eye is the sports steering wheel with multi-function controls. The steering wheel is similar to both the TT and R8, being trimmed in Alcantara and featuring a red stripe in the 12 o’clock position. CFRP shift paddles are also available for models equipped with the seven-speed S Tronic transmission. For the TT, Audi also developed a custom strut cross brace. Also made out of CFRP, it replaces the rear seats, thus reducing the coupe’s curb weight by some 44 pounds, while also enhancing torsional rigidity and improving handling when cornering at speed.

Exhaust

The Sports Performance Parts package also comes with a new exhaust system. Crafted by renowned company Akrapovic, it has a lightweight muffler made of titanium and gives all cars a unique engine note. The exhaust pipes have unique trim for the TTS and TT RS models.

Suspension

Chassis upgrades are quite comprehensive, starting with new brake linings that are less prone to fading.

Chassis upgrades are quite comprehensive, starting with new brake linings that are more powerful and less prone to fading. Available for both steel and ceramic brakes, they come with fluorescent red carrying plates made from titanium for the Audi R8. They are also lighter, shaving 2.2 pounds off the car’s curb weight. For the TT RS model, the bundle includes steel front brake discs with multiple bolt mountings. Audi also offers various brake cooling kits for all versions of the TT range.

For TT models with Quattro AWD, the retrofit package includes a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle.

Moving over to suspension components, there’s a two- or three-way coilover setup for both the TT and R8. For TT models with Quattro AWD, the retrofit package includes a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle. It improves rigidity and makes handling even more precise. Audi TT RS owners can also subsequently increase their car’s top speed from 155 to 174 mph. Finally, Audi offers a set of fully milled, black 20-inch wheels that reduce weight by up to 15.9 pounds on the TT and by up to 17.6 pounds on the R8. These wheels are also wrapped in bespoke tires.

References

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Press release

Even more distinctive, sportier and faster: The new Audi Sport Performance Parts take dynamic handling to a wholly new level for the Audi R8 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3 – 11.4*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287 – 272*) sports car and the Audi TT. The retrofit range will be available in dealers in late summer 2017 and features numerous components.

“With the Audi Sport Performance Parts we are tapping into a new business segment,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “Our wealth of experience garnered over many years of building sports cars is incorporated into every component we offer. Along with our expertise from motor racing, which is still the best test bed for volume production.”

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As part of the sales launch of the retrofit range in late summer 2017, the product lineup will initially be available in Germany and other markets for the current Audi R8 and Audi TT models (TT, TTS [combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 6.7*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 173 – 155] and TT RS [combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.5 – 8.2*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 194 – 187*]) only. Additional model series will follow gradually. The Audi Sport Performance Parts cover four areas to date: suspension, exhaust system, exterior and interior.

For suspension requirements, the range covers sport brake linings, which are more powerful and less prone to fading than standard brake linings. Linings are available for steel discs and for the optional ceramic brakes. Their carrying plates are painted in fluorescent red and are made out of ultralight titanium on the Audi R8, making this model a kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter overall.

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Steel front brake discs with multiple bolt mountings are available for the Audi TT RS. Various brake cooling kits can be obtained for the Audi TT, TTS and TT RS. They help the compact athlete achieve even better braking performance.

A two- or three-way coilover suspension is available for the Audi TT models and both Audi R8 variants. The fully milled, black 20-inch wheels – for all R8 and TT models too – are also taken straight from motor racing. They reduce weight by up to 7.2 kilograms (15.9 lb) on the Audi TT and up to 8 kilograms (17.6 lb) on the Audi R8. The associated sport tires come in the sizes 245/30 R20 (R8, front) and 305/30 R20 (R8, rear); 255/30 R20 tires are fitted all round on the Audi TT. For the TT coupés with quattro drive, the retrofit range includes a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle. It improves rigidity and makes handling even more precise. Audi TT RS owners can also subsequently increase their car’s top speed to 280 km/h (174.0 mph).

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The specialist supplier of exhaust systems, Akrapovic d.d., has designed a sonorous, ultralight muffler made of titanium including trims specifically for the Audi TTS and the Audi TT RS.

The most spectacular offers in the Audi Sport Performance Parts are the Aero kits, which were developed in the Audi wind tunnel. For the Audi R8 and the Audi TT they add clear-cut highlights on the front air inlets, the side sills and the diffuser. They also substantially improve downforce: On the Audi R8 the downforce is 250 kg (551.2 lb) at 330 km/h (205.1 mph), an increase of over 100 kg (220.5 lb). The effect at 150 km/h (93.2 mph) is even more pronounced – the downforce is doubled at this speed to 52 kg (114.6 lb) thanks to the Aero kit. There is also a splitter and flics at the front as well as a large fixed rear wing. An engine hood with large air vent is also available for the Audi TT. All parts are made out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the Audi R8 and for the Audi TT out of CFRP and plastic; all of them feature the Audi Sport logo.

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Attractive parts for the interior round off the range. A sport contour steering wheel with multifunction plus is available for the Audi R8 and for the Audi TT; its Alcantara-trimmed rim features a red 12 o’clock marking. CFRP shift paddles are available for the models fitted with seven-speed S tronic. Audi Sport has developed a strut cross brace specifically for the TT – also made out of CFRP. It replaces the rear seats, reduces the weight by some 20 kilograms (44.1 lb) and enhances the torsional rigidity. The brace improves handling particularly when cornering at speed.

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