After lengthy delays, the 2020 Audi TT RS has finally been confirmed to rejoin the Australian line up in July.
First revealed in February 2019, the facelifted coupé was originally scheduled to reach Australian shores in late 2019 but the plan was halted due to work required to its iconic five-cylinder engine meet the more stringent WLTP fuel consumption test regime.
The facelifted 2020 Audi TT RS Coupé will arrive locally priced from $134,900 plus on-road costs – $3,000 cheaper than the pre-facelift model that debuted in 2017. Audi says it also comes with over $6,500 of additional features compared to its predecessor.
The highlight of the TT RS is of course its turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine that delivers 294kW and 480Nm of torque. Matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the all-wheel drive coupé will rocket to 100km/h from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds.
Despite the impressive performance, Audi claims the TT RS will return 8.0L/100km, an improvement of 0.4L/100km over the 2017 model.
The TT RS is built using the lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) and sits on RS sport suspension plus with Audi magnetic ride as standard. It has a ride height that is 10mm lower than the regular Audi TT. In dynamic mode, Audi magnetic ride resists braking and cornering forces on the car’s attitude, heightening agile and responsive handling. The progressive steering is said to provide responsive cornering in all conditions.
Outside, the TT RS features a more aggressive body kit compared to its lesser siblings, with a wider Singleframe grille, larger an intakes and standard Matrix LED headlights, while at the rear, a fixed rear spoiler sits above the optional Matrix OLED taillights.
It sits on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 255/30 tyres behind which hide red eight-piston brake calipers clamping 370mm ventilated rotors up front.
Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit that comes with model specific functions like a larger tachometer, coloured shift lights, as well as g-force and lap time measurements, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, MMI touch and natural language voice control, and a 680W, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Customers can also customise the interior of their TT RS further with two RS Design packages that are available in either red or blue accenting.
The TT RS is offered with a choice of two comprehensive Audi service plan packages: three years priced at $2,320 or a five-year service plan priced at $3,420.
The Audi TT RS Coupé is available to purchase through the new Audi online purchase platform which offers customers the convenience of reserving their Audi vehicle from the comfort of their own home via audi.com.au.
Pricing (Excluding on-road costs)
|TT Coupé 45 TFSI quattro||169kW||$79,900|
|TTS Coupé TFSI||210kW||$99,900|
|TT RS Coupé TFSI||294kW||$134,900|