Orders-start-for-the-Audi-TT-RSThe order books for the new TT RS will open later this month, giving customers the opportunity to purchase the most powerful TT so far released. The new version will come in either Coupe or Roadster body-styles, both promising extraordinary pace. Prices will commence at £51,800.

The new TT RD was debuted at motoring events in Beijing and London, before the UK got a proper glimpse of it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year.

The TT RS’s pack enough pace to compete with some current supercars, doing 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds, its top speed is 174mph. This will be capped at 155 mph however, unless an optional Dynamic Package is specified. Audi’s own supercar, the R8, can only manage 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds which gives you some idea of the clout packed by the TT RS.

So where is the extra power coming from? The five-cylinder turbo engine has been reworked and now produces a remarkable 394bhp. This is despite it being 26kg lighter than its predecessor. With its 1-2-3-4-5 firing order, Audi maintains that the unique low, rich sound has been retained, while the performance has been improved and the fuel consumption lowered. It’s linked to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox which pumps the power to all four of the wheel, using the new Quattro system.

An enormous diffuser has been built into the rear bodywork which features two elliptical tailpipes. For those preferring a more understated look, the huge wing can be removed at no additional cost. The TT RS will also debut Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED), an extra option for the tail-lamps.

At the front, is a hexagon-filled single frame grill. This is flanked by Matrix LED headlights (optional). Inside, the RS is similar to the conventional TT. A 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is nicely complimented by lightweight sports seats.

The new Audi TT RS will start at prices from £51,800 for the Coupe edition or £53,550 for the convertible Roadster. It will be available to order at the start of October.

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