Beijing Motor Show 2016: Audi TT-RS & R8 V10 Spyder {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 May 2016

We've always been fans of the TT here at BOTB, offering good looks, a great interior and a safe if not inspired drive. The previous model TT-RS injected some welcome speed into the equation, but it was ultimately a dull drive, but Audi Sport have come up with a new RS and this one is going to rock the established players to the core.

The big change with this new TT-RS is the engine, which at first glance looks to be the same. But whereas this 2.5 litre turbocharged 5-cylinder powerplant may sound familiar, it’s actually an all-new unit, weighing 10kg less than the old one thanks to a new aluminium block. The new unit packs a serious punch too, producing 395bhp and 354lb/ft of torque through a recalibrated 7-speed dual clutch gearbox to all four wheels. This is enough to enable the TT-RS to sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds – that’s just 0.2 seconds slower than the £117,000 R8 V10 Coupe! Top speed is 155mph, or 174mph with the optional Driver’s Package. The Roadster carries a 90kg weight penalty and is 0.2 seconds slower to 62mph, but you get to experience the sound of that wonderful engine totally open to the elements.

Visually it really is differentiated from the TT-S thanks to a new front end, with a more angular, deep-set 3D grille and an ultra-aggressive front bumper with massive intakes. As with most fast Audis now the bumper trim and grille can be had in satin silver, but the gloss black option looks best. There is a new design for the alloy wheels, a fixed larger rear spoiler and a new diffuser housing the RS-specific twin oval exhausts. It really does come together to create a far more aggressive look to the TT-RS, which we love. The interior gets a set of new sports seats with diamond quilting, and the rest of the interior is still the same fantastic setup as with the lower TT models, with the Virtual Cockpit and cool vents housing the A/C controls.

The TT-RS Coupe and Roadster go on sale in October at around £50,000 and £52,000 respectively.


R8 V10 Spyder

The new R8 V10 has been quite a hit for Audi, adding more modern looks and an even better interior to the R8 recipe, so it’s no surprise that they’ve just revealed the Spyder version. Using a fabric hood just like the previous model, Audi has used the same weight saving techniques as the coupe to reduce weight by 113kg. It also keeps the same 532bhp 5.2 litre V10 engine as the coupe, meaning 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198mph.

Visually the new Spyder works a little better than the previous model – as the coupe now has an upper and lower sideblade, the Spyder retains the lower one so a visual link is maintained between the two. Expect an R8 V10 Plus Spyder to debut later this year with the full 601bhp engine. The R8 V10 Spyder is set to cost around £130,000 when it goes on sale next month.