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Audi TT RS

Say hello to the new Audi TT RS.

We've known its arrival for a little while, and Audi has pulled the covers off its latest sports car at the Beijing Motor Show. Handy, given that its arch-rival--the new Porsche 718 Cayman--is there, too.

Unlike the Cayman, the TT RS's styling is shouty rather than subtle. There are plenty of clues this is an RS Audi (silver mirrors and front splitter, big wheels, fixed rear wing), but our favorite is the bulked-out wheel-arch treatment. It looks especially mean in gray.

It won't be vocally meek, either, picking up where the old TT RS left off with a five-cylinder turbo gasoline engine. Expect warbling. It's 2.5 liters in size, but it's actually different from old RS's, because it uses aluminum instead of steel for its construction. Less weight, see.

Power? It certainly has some, with 395hp and 480Nm quoted. That makes it 50hp stronger than Porsche's 718 Cayman S, and coupled with Quattro four-wheel drive, it ensures the TT RS is half a second quicker to 100kph. It'll do 0-100kph in 3.7 seconds--just 0.2 second off the pace of the latest R8.

Beyond the numbers, there's a lot going on, too: a 10mm suspension drop, lightweight sports seats and ginormous brakes. Your only gearbox option is a seven-speed paddle shifter, but it has its own ratios, and you get launch control.

Tick the right options boxes and you can have adaptive suspension control, carbon-ceramic brakes and a 280kph top speed. As standard, there's a 250kph limiter.

Audi has revealed both Coupe and Roadster versions of the TT RS in Beijing. The former (pictured here) weighs 1,440kg, while the latter is 90kg stockier with the associated bits of an electronically folding soft-top. It'll still hit 0-100kph in under four seconds, mind you.

So, would you have this or the Porsche?

 

Audi TT RS

Audi TT RS

Audi TT RS

Audi TT RS

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

 


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