Audi's TT-RS Guns For…?

Alex L. Dykes
by Alex L. Dykes
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The Audi TT-RS is quickly becoming one of the worst kept Audi development secrets since, well, the R8. First, there was the TT-S spy shot that Audi insisted wasn't a TT-S (oops). And now we have a high-res shots of the Porsche-wannabe doing laps on the ring with what looks like The Stig behind the wheel. According to the Swedish News Agency, the RS model is easily distinguished from its less hairy-chested sib by its larger air intakes on either side of the Billy-the-big-mouth-bass grill and the two large exhausts at the rear. (OK, so the Swedes didn't mention the fish features). The TT-RS is reportedly to put some 340 – 350hp onto the pavement, and you can bet there's a Quattro system aiding and abetting the deed. The TT-RS is heading for a 2009 model year debut. Historically, Audi only offers one RS model at a time. So exactly which vehicle will be the TT-RS' natural competition? The BMW M6, M5, M3? I'm thinking the as-yet-undeclared BMW M1. You?

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  • Vega Vega on Oct 27, 2007

    You can't stick the RS4 V8 in the TT. It's not constructed to be transversally (is that the right expression?) mounted.

  • Vega Vega on Oct 27, 2007

    @chuckR: The TT isn't as front heavy as the bigger Audis thaks to the Golf platform it's based on.

  • Ref Ref on Oct 27, 2007

    @Vega: Even if it would fit, they'd never put that V8 into the TT - would dilute the R8, if you ask me.

  • ChuckR ChuckR on Oct 27, 2007

    Googled TT and A6 weight distribution. According to Yahoo, for each with the 3.2, the A6 is 54/46 and the TT is 59/41. Surprisingly, the 2.0 isn't any better, but at least the overall weight is under 3000#. My wife misses her convertible and really likes the TT interior. I prefer the Boxster S - weight distribution 46/54. Unfortunately, I am informed that a kitchen remodel is a higher priority than either.