Confirmed for launch at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and expected on the European market by fall 2009, the Audi TT RS will mark the top of the TT range at Audi. This new model will expand Audi’s RS line of cars even further, and push the aluminum-bodied TT to near supercar performance levels.
At the heart of the TT RS is a turbocharged 2.5-liter turbocharged FSI 5-cylinder engine – a return for Audi to the iconic force-fed 5-pot configuration. Early official information from Audi confirms power at “above 300 hp”, though Fourtitude has heard at least 350 hp from senior Audi executives directly involved in the car’s development. That’s enough to move the TT RS from 0-62 mph under 5 seconds… “nowhere near 5 seconds,” according to a quick blurb in the official teaser info from Audi. A supposed leaked German dealer document published back in October claimed 0-62 in 4.5 seconds and a consumption of nearly nearly 24 MPG (“under 10 liters”).
That same document listed a few more important points. For starters, official power figures should be 340 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 NM).