Car reviews - Audi - TT - RS S-Tronic Limited Edition coupe
Impressive TT RS gets even quicker as an auto while boosting round-town practicality
12 Dec 2011
COMMEMORATING the arrival of Audi’s seven-speed S-Tronic automatic dual-clutch transmission to the flagship TT RS coupe, the Ingolstadt-based brand announced an auto-only limited edition packing a claimed $8460 worth of extra kit for no extra cost over the $139,900 (plus on-roads) list price.
The TT RS was previously manual-only due to its 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbocharged engine punching out too much power (250kW) and torque (450Nm) for the transverse-mounted version of Audi’s seven-speed S-Tronic to handle.
But now, 45 Australian buyers get the chance to bag extra interior comfort and exterior styling touches while enjoying the car’s new-found ability to reach 100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, making it four-tenths quicker than the manual.
Incredibly, the TT RS is also three-tenths quicker off the mark than the 4.2-litre V8-powered R8 supercar costing almost twice as much – but then it does pack an extra 20Nm of torque over its bigger brother.
But how else is the fastest TT transformed by the new transmission and does it take the edge off such an enthusiast-oriented beast? We take to the road – and track – to find out.
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