Audi TT-RS to take on Porsche Cayman S and BMW M3

Audi is putting the finishing touches on its range-topping TT-RS, which is said to sport a 350 horsepower engine that will give the car the ability to rival Porsche Cayman S and the BMW M3.

The Audi TT-RS is expected to take major design influence from the Audi TT Clubsport Quattro concept and will be powered by a 2.5 liter 5-cylinder turbocharged engine that will produces 350 horsepower; that is a whopping 140 horsepower per liter.

With those specs, the Audi TT-RS will have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 time of less than 5 seconds. So while it may have 70 horsepower less than the new BMW M3, its lighter weight gives the tiny beast some high-performance.

According to AutoCar’s sources who have heard the Audi TT-RS, the range-topping coupe makes “a fantastic noise, just like the original Quattro.”

The Audi TT-RS is just waiting for the final go ahead from higher-ups at Audi. Insiders tell AutoCar that a launch date of sometime in 2009 is expected.

Its little sibling, the Audi TT-S is expected to make its debut at the Tokyo Auto Show. The Audi TT-S will be powered by the 2.0 liter found in the current S3 producing 300 horsepower matted with a six-speed transmission.

 

Source: AutoCar

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