Should you be a lucky owner of a new (third-generation) TT or an even luckier one to have a new (second-generation) R8 in your garage, Audi has introduced a set of new extras to spice of those cars up. These new additions to the Audi Sport Performance Parts portfolio don’t just bring visual tweaks, but also contribute to aerodynamics and handling.
Yes, it would also be great if these upgrades included the option of tweaking their respective engines for extra power and/or torque in a manufacturer-approved fashion, for a price, but Audi seems to be of the opposite persuasion.
Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, commented on the new kits: With the Audi Sport Performance Parts we are tapping into a new business segment. Our wealth of experience garnered over many years of building sports cars is incorporated into every component we offer. Along with our expertise from motor racing, which is still the best test bed for volume production.”
Just like other accessories offended under the brand, these ones for the R8 (V10 and V10 Plus) and TT (including the TTS, and TT RS) will be available at purchase or fitted retroactively at an authorised centre. In Europe, these new items will be available starting in ‘late summer 2017’, but its Australian availability has not yet been confirmed.
As the aero kits are the most popular item category with these original manufacturer accessories, we’ll begin here. They have all undergone wind tunnel testing to ensure their improved drag reduction and downforce generation properties. New clear-cut highlights are given to the front air inlet, side sills, and diffusers of both cars, substantially improving downforce at medium and high speeds.
There’s also a front splitter, fixed rear wing, as well as new vented bonnet on the TT. All body components on the R8 are made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), but the TT has some plastic bits as well. Speaking of which, the other semi-visual tweak happens to be an Akrapovic exhaust for the TT and TT RS, consisting of an ultralight titanium muffler and bespoke trim for the car. What’s more there’s a CFRP strut brace for the TT that’s fitted in place of the rear seats, reducing weight and increasing torsional rigidity.
Both can also receive some brake upgrades as well, which add new sport linings that are less prone to fade, they say. They’re available for both the steel rotors and the optional ceramics, and include a fluorescent red titanium carrying plates for the R8, leading to a 1kg reduction in unsprung weight.
Lastly, there’s the new interior bits that’s included in the updated Performance Parts catalogue for the R8 and TT are the sport contour steering wheel with ‘multifunction plus’, trimmed in Alcantara. They also include a pair of carbon polymer shift paddles for units fitted with the S tronic dual-clutch transmission.