The fact that Audi has already begun to deploy 2018 models for journalists to test drive at the end of 2016 might seem inexplicable to most people, but that is, indeed, what happened recently at Circuito Del Jarama outside of Madrid. When the German automaker debuted the Audi TT RS in Spain a few weeks ago, reporters unanimously agreed that by all accounts, Inglostadt produced a vehicle champion.
2018 Audi TT Roadster Outside
Looking at the previous generation of TT-RS Roadster and the next-generation model side-by-side, we can see that the exterior styling is more refined than ever. It now has a hexagonal shape, with honeycomb mesh. On the lower edge of the grid, the Quattro logo is clearly visible.
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On the sides, there is more evidence of the car redesign. The side mirrors now have shorter arms and sit a little lower than before. The same body line extends from the bow of the front wheel to the rear. Bottom, however, the protruding body line between the front wheel passages is gone, and the side skirts do not have a more aggressive style. The taillights always wind from the rear and end at a sharp point where the rear fender meets the rear quarter. The car comes standard with 19-inch wheels, but can be optioned with 20-inch, forged light rollers.
2018 Audi TT Roadster Inside
It seems that Audi took as much time to redesign the interior as the exterior. To begin with, the TT-RS Roadster comes standard with Audi’s all-digital virtual cockpit. The 12.3-inch screen is the instrument group and offers three different views, the most important being a special “RS” display that displays the tachometer and information on tire pressure, torque and g-force , Among others. For the record, this is the mode you want the instrument group to be able to power your local track on weekends.
On the entertainment side, the TT-RS Roadster can be equipped with Audi’s MMI navigation technology, as well as infotainment system with MMI touch, Audi connect with Wi-Fi hotspot and natural voice control. With the built-in telephone box, cell phones can be charged inductively and paired with the on-board antenna. Applications selected from the phone can be viewed and displayed directly on the virtual cockpit screen, so with whom says, who needs a co-pilot? Of course, the entertainment system would not be complete without a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
2018 Audi TT Roadster Engine
The 2018 Audi TT RS packs a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 395hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It has a torque range of grease starting right at 1,700 rpm and ramping up all the way up to 5.850 rpm. This means that almost instant power is just around the corner of idle speed. With Audi’s Dynamic Package Plus, the TT RS has a top speed of 174 mph with 0 to 62 mph at 3.9 seconds for the topless roadster, while the coupé strikes another 0.2 seconds.
Quattro four-wheel drive is standard and so is Audi seven-speed, double clutch, S tronic transmission: there is no manual option. You do not need it, however: if the gearbox is left to its own devices or you paddle the paddles yourself, the RS is a silver bullet. While the old TT RS may have had a 2.5-liter, 5-cylinder also, the engine itself is brand new inside and out. To begin with, there is a total weight savings of 57 lbs through the use of magnesium, molybdenum and other lightweight materials for engine building blocks; A full 40 lb was cut from a block of iron to aluminum.
The only thing we know for sure at this point is that the TT-RS Roadster will be hit European showrooms in the fall of 2016. The coupe will actually retail at € 66,400, with the Roadster commanding a premium to 69.200 €. At current exchange rates, this represents $ 74,722 and $ 77,873, respectively.