2017 Audi TT RS, Big Performance in a Small Package

The 2017 Audi TT RS, has been referred to as a “baby” Lambo because of its performance.  For 2017, it has more…

When the RS version of the Audi TT was revealed, it was affectionately called a “baby” Gallardo. Many thought that this was because many incorrectly thought that that the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine was half of the displacement of the Lamborghini’s 5.0-liter V10 engine.

When first introduced, the Audi TT RS produced a healthy 335 horsepower, later increased to 355 horsepower in the Audi TT RS Plus. The 2017 Audi TT RS retains the 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine, however, it now produces 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.   This is only 20 horsepower less than the original V8 powering the Audi R8. With this output, it is able to keep up with up with the old V10 R8.

Performance has also increased significantly in the 2017 Audi TT RS. It can now launch from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds, making it faster than the old V10 R8 with a manual transmission. Also new for 2017, the TT RS is only offered with a seven-seed dual clutch transmission, replacing the manual transmission sold in the United States. The dual-clutch makes the car much faster and suits the character of the vehicle.

While the outgoing Audi TT RS was offered as both a coupe and convertible, in the US, it was previously offered only as a couple. It is not known if the Audi TT RS convertible will be offered in the United States.

The older TT RS is an amazing car in a straight line. With a slight tune, it could win drag races against far more expensive cars such as the Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 Turbo and even the Audi R8. The new car should be even quicker with the dual-clutch transmission. As a result, we should expect videos to start appearing showing it beating much more expensive exotics.

In addition to an increase in performance, the new Audi TT RS has some weight, twenty two pounds to be precise and is now weighs 3,174 pounds for the coupe and 3,373 pounds for the convertible.

While the 2017 Audi TT RS is competitive on the track, the all-wheel drivetrain will be great in a straight line. However, the weight of the car may cause it to undesteer in track situations. For that reason, you may be better of by looking at the BMW M2 or Porsche 718, if you are looking for a track car.



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