Audi has announced a range of dealer retrofit performance parts for the Audi R8 and TT-RS models. Due to be launched in Germany later this summer, it is unclear whether they will come to UK dealers. The Audi Sport Performance Parts cover four areas to date: suspension, exhaust system, exterior and interior.
For suspension requirements, the range covers sport brake linings, which are more powerful and less prone to fading than standard brake linings. Linings are available for steel discs and for the optional ceramic brakes. Their carrying plates are painted in fluorescent red and are made out of ultralight titanium on the Audi R8, making this model a kilogram lighter overall.
Steel front brake discs with multiple bolt mountings are available for the Audi TT RS. Various brake cooling kits can be obtained for the Audi TT, TTS and TT RS. They help the compact athlete achieve even better braking performance.
A two- or three-way coilover suspension is available for the Audi TT models and both Audi R8 variants. The fully milled, black 20-inch wheels – for all R8 and TT models too – are also taken straight from motor racing. They reduce weight by up to 7.2 kilograms on the Audi TT and up to 8 kilograms on the Audi R8. The associated sport tyres come in the sizes 245/30 R20 (R8, front) and 305/30 R20 (R8, rear); 255/30 R20 tyres are fitted all round on the Audi TT. For the TT coupés with quattro drive, the retrofit range includes a cross-member reinforcement bar on the rear axle. It improves rigidity and makes handling even more precise. Audi TT RS owners can also subsequently increase their car’s top speed to 280 km/h (174.0 mph).
Exhaust specialist Akrapovic d.d., has designed a sonorous, ultralight muffler made of titanium including trims specifically for the Audi TTS and the Audi TT RS.
Audi Sport Performance Aero kits were developed in the Audi wind tunnel. For the Audi R8 and the Audi TT they add highlights on the front air inlets, the side sills and the diffuser. They also improve downforce, Audi claims.There is also a splitter and flics at the front as well as a large fixed rear wing. An engine hood with large air vent is also available for the Audi TT. All parts are made out of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the Audi R8 and for the Audi TT out of CFRP and plastic; all of them feature the Audi Sport logo.
For interiors a new sport contour steering wheel with multifunction plus is available for the Audi R8 and for the Audi TT; its Alcantara-trimmed rim features a red 12 o’clock marking. CFRP shift paddles are available for the models fitted with seven-speed S tronic.
Audi Sport has developed a strut cross brace specifically for the TT – also made out of CFRP. It replaces the rear seats, reduces the weight by some 20 kilograms and enhances the torsional rigidity. The brace improves handling particularly when cornering at speed.