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Audi is planning a significant expansion of its RS performance range in coming years, an expansion that has started with a new TT RS unveiled today in both coupe and convertible bodystyles at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
The new TT RS, which is due in the United States next spring, comes with a newly developed 5-cylinder engine, standard all-wheel drive and organic LED (OLED) taillights. OLEDs are said to provide a brighter, more homogeneous light without the need for reflectors.
At the heart of the new TT RS is a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder made from aluminum and delivering 400 horsepower, up 40 horses on the outgoing model. Peak torque, meanwhile, is 354 pound-feet, or 11 lb-ft more than before.
Paired with a now standard 7-speed dual-clutch transmission—sadly a manual isn’t offered on the new generation—the car will sprint to 62 mph from rest in just 3.7 seconds. The convertible, officially the TT RS Roadster, needs 3.9 seconds to achieve the same feat. Top speed is governed to 155 mph as standard but can be raised to 174 mph upon request.
Other performance specs include an aggressive body kit aimed at producing greater downforce, 19-inch wheels (lighter 20-in wheels are available), an available carbon-ceramic brake package and available magnetic ride dampers.
The interior is pretty much what you find in the regular TT. However, there are some unique Audi Sport treatments such as a special screen for the digital instrument cluster that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tire pressure, torque, and g‑force, among other things. The car also features a shift light indicator, an adjustable exhaust valve and steering wheel-mounted controls for the engine and drive modes selector.
As mentioned above, the new TT RS is just the start of an expansion of RS cars developed by Audi Sport. Others will include the first ever RS 3 sedan, new generations of the RS 4 Avant and RS 5, and possibly an RS Q5 as well as a standalone sports car slotting in between this TT RS and the R8 supercar.
For more from the Beijing Auto Show, head to our dedicated hub.