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Sneak Peek: 2010 Audi TT RS

Top-performance from a two-seater.

by on Feb.27, 2009

Audi TT RS: Cabrio or Coupe

Audi TT RS: Cabrio or Coupe

Audi’s got an assortment of new products to reveal in Geneva, next week, but is lifting the covers a bit early. We’ll have some pics of the all-new allroad for you, as well as the top-range model of the Audi TT line-up, the TT RS, shown here.

Those add-on initials stand for either Renn Sport or racing sport, as you prefer, but there’ll be no debate about the performance of the new car, which relies on Audi’s inline-five-cylinder engine. The I-5 configuration has a long history within the VW luxury brand. The first time the Germans used an I-5 was in the Audi 100/5000 in 1977. Seven years later, the 200 Turbo, with an inline-five making 170 horsepower, became the world’s fastest four-door model.

The new 2.5-liter five cylinder engine for the TT RS combines direct injection and turbo technology to punch through the 300 hp barrier. The light weight model, based on Audi’s Spaceframe technology, should be able to reach 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

Audi TT RS Coupe: most powerful entry in the TT line-up.

Audi TT RS Coupe: most powerful entry in the TT line-up.

The function of the large rear spoiler is to improve stability at high speed. And the TT RS tops out at an electronically limited 250 km/h or 155 mph. Even on the German Autobahn it will be hard to find an empty stretch of road to reach this.

The new Audi performance machine will be available in either Coupe or Cabriolet skin.

The RS is not yet scheduled for the North American market – but that could change if Audi senses potential demand.

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