For any car enthusiast who should, Quattro resonates as a double symbol: that of a superb sporting epic in rallying but also of technology which is an integral part of Audi's DNA. The brand with the rings is celebrating 40 years of this technical revolution with a very exclusive edition of the Audi TT.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980, the Audi Quattro was also designed for rallying. Despite a front-engine architecture that was at a disadvantage compared to future rivals such as the Peugeot 205, the Audi made up for it with power transmitted to 4-wheel drive. The various evolutions, including the monstrous S1 Group B with a spectacular physique and which deployed up to 550 horsepower, accumulate a prestigious track record with two WRC constructors' titles and 6 straight wins at Pikes Peak.
280 without option
The small sporty Audi TT RS coupe is based on the Audi Sport 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder engine which delivers 400 horsepower and develops a maximum torque of 480 Nm. The Quattro permanent all-wheel drive distributes the power between the front and rear axles using a multi-plate clutch, all accompanied by selective torque control and a seven-speed S tronic gearbox. The 40-year-old TT RS Quattro climbs to 280 km / h, which is usually optional on the classic RS, limited to 250 km / h. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.7 seconds.
Like any special anniversary series, the decor is specific. The Audi TT RS 40 Jahre Quattro, in alpine white color, features decals reminiscent of the livery of the Audi Sport Quattro Specially modified S1 that Walter Röhrl led to victory in 1987 at Pikes Peak in the United States. We recognize in particular the strip that runs on the hood and the roof, in red, gray and black. The hood with central ventilation grille in shiny carbon facilitates ventilation of the engine compartment and the Aero kit developed in the wind tunnel should, according to Audi, improve handling in fast corners.
Further details evoke history with the large Quattro letters on the doors while the partially matt rear windows feature the "40 Jahre quattro" logo. The side sills, side sill inserts and exterior mirror housings, blade and Audi rings are finished in high gloss black. On the front axle, vented and perforated steel discs with red-painted brake calipers are in action behind the 20-inch white-painted alloy rims.
The interior offers new "sport" features with, as an option, the possibility of replacing the rear seat with a carbon strut cross member, which reduces weight by approximately 16 kilograms and improves torsional stiffness. For the interior trim, the black Alcantara is used on the door trim and on the RS sport leather steering wheel with 12 o'clock marker in white, while various badges and stitching obviously recall the exclusive character of this series. We note among others the badge "40 Jahre Quattro" on the gear knob.
Our opinion, by leblogauto.com
Coupes are scarce and the aero / decoration kit is not unpleasant on this Audi TT RS 40 years Quattro, which will go on sale only in Germany from this month, at only… 40 units! It will cost the trifle of 114,040 euros there. It’s still, at the very least, 40,000 euros more than the base TT RS. It stings anyway for a small coupe because we navigate the prices of large supercharged sedans type RS6 or even well beyond a Giulia QV and a BMW M4 Pack M Competition.