BEIJING — The 2018 Audi TT RS coupe will be aimed at car enthusiasts with a lust for high performance when it arrives at U.S. Audi dealerships next year. The TT RS coupe and convertible debuted at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
The convertible version of the TT RS will not be coming to the U.S., Audi spokesman Mark Dahncke told Edmunds.
He said U.S. pricing and technical specifications have not been determined. The car is street legal and track ready.
The car will be marketed under the Audi Sport label, the automaker's high-performance and motorsport arm that targets BMW M and Mercedes-AMG vehicles. The key competitor to the TT RS coupe is the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman coupe.
The 2018 TT RS coupe is equipped with a newly developed 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder aluminum engine, standard all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch seven-speed S tronic transmission. A manual transmission will not be offered.
The engine is expected to deliver 400 horsepower, up 60 horses from the previous 2013 TT RS.
Audi AG said the coupe takes 3.7 seconds to sprint from zero to 62 mph.
"No other TT has sprinted this fast," the automaker said.
As in the Audi R8 coupe, the driver starts the engine directly from the steering wheel, a feature inspired by car racing.
"This means that the driver's hands stay on the wheel at all time," Audi said. "The driver can influence the exhaust flap control via the sound button on the center console."
The TT RS also features organic LED or OLED taillights, which are being used for the first time in a production Audi. The lights are said to provide a brighter light without the need for reflectors.
Other features include an aggressive body kit with a fixed rear wing and two oval exhaust pipes, 19-inch wheels or optional 20-inch forged lightweight wheels and an optional carbon-ceramic brake package.
A special RS screen in the cabin displays information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces.
Edmunds says: Performance-oriented car shoppers making long-range plans will want to put the 2018 Audi TT RS coupe high on their consideration lists.