New Audi TT RS unveiled

The latest Audi TT RS comes with 395bhp, and will go on sale in the UK in October...

New Audi TT RS unveiled

The new Audi TT RS has been revealed at the Beijing motor show; it will go on sale in the UK in October.

What is it?

The RS is the new range-topping version in Audi's TT line-up of sports cars. The new model will be available in both coupé and convertible roadster forms in the UK, and is in some cases 10kg lighter than the old model.

As befits a sporty model like the TT RS, it receives a new front bumper with larger air vents, a more prominent grille, a fixed spoiler at the rear and new exhausts - all of which give the TT RS an aggressive look.

New Audi TT RS unveiled

What engines can I choose from?

Buyers opting for the latest TT RS only get one engine choice: a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder petrol motor. The new engine produces 395bhp - 40bhp more than the old TT RS - and 354lb ft of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and sends its power to all four wheels via Audi's quattro setup.

Audi says in coupé form this new TT RS can reach 62mph from a standing start in 3.7sec - 0.4sec faster than the older TT RS Plus, and 0.5sec faster than Porsche's Cayman S. The convertible TT RS, meanwhile, can manage the same 0-62mph sprint in 3.9sec. The top speed for both models is set at 155mph, but customers can request to have that raised to 174mph.

New Audi TT RS unveiled

What equipment does it come with?

Changes made to the TT RS's cabin are minor and focus on new trim options, TT RS badging for the gearlever and steering wheel, and bespoke graphics for Audi's Virtual Cockpit display, which replaces conventional dials and places infotainment and navigation information directly in the driver's field of vision.

As well as these interior upgrades, the TT RS also features larger brake discs at the front and rear, with carbon-ceramic discs featuring on the options list for even greater stopping power. The TT RS's body is also 10mm lower than that of the regular TT, and it sits on 19in alloy wheels.

New Audi TT RS unveiled

How much does it cost?

Audi hasn't revealed how much the TT RS will cost when it comes to the UK later this year, but it's safe to assume it will command a significant premium over the current TT S, which is priced from £39,250. We would expect the TT RS to cost around £45,000.

New Audi TT RS unveiled

How good are its rivals?

Key rivals for the hot TT RS include the new Porsche 718 Cayman and BMW M2, both of which are very well regarded sports cars on What Car?.