New 2017 Audi TT RS: 400 HP Smackdown in Coupe or Roadster Form [Photo Gallery]

2017 Audi TT RS Roadster and Coupe

The Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster celebrated their global debut at the Beijing Motor Show this week. Its newly developed 5-cylinder barks with a unique engine sound and bites with 395 brake horsepower (400 PS) under the hood.

Power is delivered to all four wheels and will send the TT RS from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. That’s good enough to beat its arch-rival, the new Porsche 718 Cayman S, by 50 horsepower and 0.5 seconds.

The new 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine has an aluminum block instead of cast iron, which means it’s lighter in addition to being stronger. Maximum torque of 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) is available from 1,700 to 5,850 rpm. An electronic speed limiter caps the 2-seater sports car at 155 mph, but can be uncorked for a top speed of 174 mph upon special request.

Visual hints distinguishing the RS are subtle but noticeable to the trained eye. Look for Audi’s signature Singleframe grille with a honeycomb design, a front splitter, big 19- or optional 20-inch forged aluminum wheels stuffed under bulging wheel arches, and silver side-view mirrors. Visual cues at the back include a fixed rear wing, rear diffuser, and elliptical-shaped exhaust pipes.

Pricing and availability for the U.S. market are still in the works. Europe is slated to get the TT RS this fall with a starting price of €66,400 euros (approximately $75k USD).

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