Audi marks the 40th anniversary of quattro with a special edition TT RS model in Germany. Limited to 40 units, the Audi TT RS ’40 years of quattro’ adopts a more radical aero kit, special heritage decals, and a sportier interior.
On the outside, all 40 models come in an Alpine white paint complete with decals on the hood, shoulders, roof and rear, reminiscent of the livery of the modified Audi Sport quattro S1 driven to victory by Walter Röhrl in the 1987 Pikes Peak race.
The Audi TT RS ’40 years of quattro’ also features a dedicated aero kit developed in the wind tunnel which is said to significantly improve the aerodynamics and enhance performance and handling on fast bends.
The car sits on white 20-inch wheels with contrasting red brake calipers lurking from behind, while the extra aero bits include glossy black flics on the front apron along with side extensions of the rear bumper. Rounding off the changes on the outside are the subtle Four Rings logos on the rear wing’s endplates and on the quarter glass.
The limited-run TT RS Coupe can be had purely as a two-seater by purchasing the optional carbon strut cross brace replacing the rear bench. Not only does it improve torsional rigidity, but it also shaves off approximately 16 kilograms (35.3 pounds) compared to the regular model and its cramped rear seats.
The Audi TT RS interior features many upgrades that underline the special character of this anniversary model. Those include black Alcantara on the door trims and RS sport leather steering wheel with white 12 o’clock mark, black leather with white contrasting stitching on the center armrest, door armrests and center console, and heritage stripes on the center console’s Alpine white inlay.
The RS sport seats in black Nappa leather feature a black Alcantara center section with white honeycomb pattern and exclusive “40 years of quattro” embroidery at shoulder level. Other unique details include a numbered badge on the S tronic selector lever and black floor mats with white piping, white contrasting stitching and embroidered RS badge. As an option, the rear bench can be replaced with a carbon strut cross brace that reduces weight by around 16 kg (35 lbs) while improving torsional rigidity.
Under the hood, it’s the same turbocharged inline-five engine pumping out 394 horsepower (294 kilowatts) and 480 Newton-meters (354 pound-feet) of torque through the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro permanent AWD. The award-winning 2.5 TFSI enables a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 3.7 seconds and a maximum velocity of 174 mph (280 km/h) thanks to the raised electronic top speed limiter that comes as standard.
The Audi TT RS ’40 years of quattro’ goes on sale in Germany later this month for a whopping €114,040, the equivalent of $133,530 at the current exchange rates.