The Audi TT RS will soon be phased out in the USA. Before the sports coupé retires there after the 2022 model year, the Ingolstadt-based company will provide the normal TT RS with a limited special model called the Heritage Edition.
While the TT RS is still running in other markets, Audi is saying goodbye to the sports car in the USA after the 2022 model year. However, not without saying goodbye to the high-performance coupe. That's why the Ingolstadt-based company is now knocking out the TT RS Heritage Edition. In accordance with its model designation, this celebrates the five-cylinder engine heritage of the original Quattro, especially since the TT RS also has a charismatic five-cylinder turbo.
Five color combinations, ten copies each
Incidentally, Audi is already celebrating the five-cylinder tradition in the press release in which the Bavarian carmaker lists five different body and interior color combinations - numbered "1-2-4-5-3" , which corresponds to the cycle sequence of the five-cylinder engine. A nice little PR stunt, we think. The color combinations, packed in continuous text, are as follows: If you order the TT-RS special model in alpine white, you get leather seats in ocean blue with stitching in diamond silver. The Ingolstadt company equips specimens with the paint finish Helios Blue Metallic with leather in Diamond Silver and Ocean Blue stitching. There is also the Heritage Edition in Stone Gray Metallic with seats in Grimson Red with Jet Gray embroidery. The same color are the stitching on the seats in Havana Brown, if you like Tizian Red Metallic on the body. The special model in Malachite Green Metallic is the most eye-catching. Here Audi uses leather in cognac brown with black stitching.
By the way: Audi only builds the TT RS Heritage Edition ten times in each of the five color combinations. A total of only 50 customers can look forward to the strictly limited special series. The collector's value will probably skyrocket sooner or later.
Exclusive standard equipment
On the small rear side window, the special model is identified by an engraving with the five-cylinder ignition sequence 1-2-4-5-3, a Heritage Edition lettering, and a Quattro signature. The limited TT RS rides on five-spoke 20-inch wheels with a two-tone anthracite finish. There are also design elements with an aluminum look, including mirror caps, and the sports exhaust system has black tailpipes. OLED taillights also light up at the rear. While the TT RS normally has an electric wing on the tailgate, Audi does without the spoiler on the Heritage Edition.
In the interior, the photos show decorative elements with Audi Exclusive badging. The steering wheel has Alcantara upholstery and a 12 o'clock marker in the same color as the seat. The Ingolstadt-based company also clad the shift lever in Alcantara, and floor mats with the RS logo give the interior a completely sporty look, befitting its status.
Cheers to the five-cylinder
The five-cylinder engine at Audi goes back to the legendary Ur-Quattro-Coupé from the eighties, which delivered 200 hp with a displacement of 2.1 liters. Historically deeply rooted in the company's DNA, the five-cylinder engine has led the Audi Sport brand to numerous successes in motorsport - whether in rallies, on the asphalt in the American IMSA GTO racing series or in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. In addition to the racing successes, the engine inspires many Audi fans with its unmistakable sound, which it generates with the aforementioned 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence. In the TT RS and thus also in its Heritage Edition, the five-cylinder engine works as a 2.5-liter turbo and delivers 394 hp. The performance coupé runs from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds.
Audi plans to launch the TT RS Heritage Edition in the US in early 2022. The Ingolstadt-based company put the price at 81,450 US dollars, i.e. the equivalent of around 71,940 euros. This makes the special model 8,250 dollars (7,287 euros) more expensive than the normal TT RS.
In the USA, the Audi TT RS will end after the 2022 model year. To say goodbye, there is the colorful Heritage Edition, limited to 50 pieces, with which the Ingolstadt company is also celebrating the traditional five-cylinder engine.