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Audi Sport launches new Performance Parts upgrade package

Stuart Gallagher
11 Jul 2017

Lightweight components and improved aero for TT and R8

Audi Sport has announced a Performance Parts range of upgrades for its TT and R8 models with a focus on weight reduction and improved performance through aerodynamic and chassis changes.

Initially available in Germany from this summer, the Performance Parts upgrades will be rolled out across Audi’s key markets and offer owners the opportunity to upgrade suspension, exhaust, exterior and interior components.

Available on TT, TTS and TT RS models and both R8 variants, the chassis upgrades include two (TT) and three-way (R8) adjustable coilover suspension, milled 20-inch wheels that reduce weight by up to 8kg and upgraded brake pads said to resist fade better than the standard items; a further kilo is saved by using titanium in the brake callipers, which are painted red. Braking cooling upgrades are also available for the TT models, which is also available with a rear strut brace that replaces the rear seats and saves a further 20kg. 

A titanium Akrapovic titanium exhaust system has also been developed for both models, which not only reduces weight but will give the R8’s V10 an even louder voice.

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Externally the Performance Parts include a range of aerodynamic additions including a front splitter, front-end dive planes, sill extensions, a rear end plates, diffuser and a fixed rear wing. This carbon fibre addenda isn’t only for show, with the R8 generating 250kg of downforce at 205mph, which while impressive is pretty irrelevant, but at 93mph the carbon add-ons doubles downforce to 52kg. 

The black painted wheels are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, with the TT models fitted with a 255/30R20 and the R8’s with a 245/30 on the front and a 305/30R20 on the rear.

Inside, it’s as you might expect – subtle sporting upgrades. A sport steering wheel features a 12’o’clock marking and is swathed in Alcantara, while shift paddles are made from carbonfibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). 

The performance part range will be available in Audi dealers later this summer and they can be retrofitted to existing cars. Audi Sport also has plans to roll out its Performance Parts range across its model lines, including RS models.

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