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Audi TTRS – Rings of Fire

We find out if the new TTRS has been worth the wait.

Date Published: 26 Sep 2016
Audi TTRS

Two years after the third generation version of Audi’s iconic TT Coupe was launched at the Ascari Circuit, we are at another Spanish track to drive the TTRS. This time it is Jarama, home of the Spanish GP from 1968 to 1981.

Sitting in the pit lane, the new car looks sharp, with its distinctive TTRS honeycomb front grille, standard LED headlamps, more prominent front spoiler, with a fixed rear wing and underbody diffuser to help reduce lift at speed.

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Making their production debut in the automotive world on the TTRS is the optional OLED taillights, which provide a 3D feature on a car that otherwise looks moulded or carved from the solid. The downside is their stiff 800-euro price tag in Germany. In territories like Singapore where punitive taxes multiply the cost of any factory-fitted options, they would be prohibitively expensive for something that does not make the car go faster and the driver does not see.

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As with the previous generation model, the heart of the new TTRS is Audi’s legendary five-cylinder 2.5TFSI motor that has won five consecutive ‘Engine of The Year’ awards.

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