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2017 Audi TT RS now on sale in Australia, roadster added

May 28, 2017

The new Audi TT RS has touched down in Australia, available in coupe and, for the first time, roadster form. They come in as some of the quickest-accelerating Audis ever introduced.

In the engine compartment is a freshly-developed 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine that cranks out a whopping 294kW and 480Nm. Audi says the new engine is 26kg lighter than the predecessor, mostly thanks to an aluminium crankcase.

The engine adopts the latest dual injection layout, with both direct and port injection, Audi’s valvelift system (AVS), and a high-pressure turbo (19.6psi), which all help to force out the 44kW increase in power from the old model.

Across the 0-100km/h sprint, the sports coupe is able to post down a time of 3.7 seconds (3.9 for roadster). This is an incredibly quick time for a sport car. In fact, it’s as close as it gets to a full-blown supercar.

In other areas the RS variant comes with bespoke sports suspension which lowers the TT by 10mm, paired with magnetic ride control dampers. Stopping power comes from 370mm brakes, hiding behind 20-inch alloy wheels wearing 255/30 performance tyres.

Inside, it’s typical modern Audi. In that, it’s sharp, suave, stylish, and very modern. There’s a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, MMI touch control system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a nine-speaker 155W stereo, and of course leather and some sports seats.

The sporty new models are on sale in Australia now with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2017 Audi TT RS Coupe quattro S tronic – $137,900
2017 Audi TT RS Roadster quattro S tronic – $141,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.