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    902bhp Audi TT-RS 8J tuned by Storm Developments

    Posted in Cars on Monday, 03 September 2018

    Beat this! 902bhp 8J TTRS Storm Developments’ Veyron-toppling coupé takes 2.5 TFSI tuning to the extreme. Exactly how far can you go when tuning a hot Audi powered by that celebrated 2.5 TFSI engine? Storm Developments made it its personal mission to find out with this TTRS. Words Sam Preston. Photography Adam Walker.

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    Mike Houston, Cumbria #2013 #Audi-TT-Black-Edition-2.0-TFSI #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TT

    We are now on our second Series 2 TT, after owning an MG TF Roadster which was great but suffered from dodgy build quality and was non-turbo so a bit sluggish. We bought our silver 2.0 TFSI in 2011 – it had the earlier 200 PS 2.0 #Audi TFSI engine with 280 Nm of torque, which was a step up from the 135 bhp MG, although we subsequently had it Superchipped to 240 bhp and 350 Nm, which made a huge difference.

    It had full leather seats, which were replaced under warranty due to sagging. We drove it all the way to the south of France and back, but as the car clocked up over 60,000 miles and a cambelt change was looming we felt it would be a good time to change.

    In early 2014, with the new TT on the horizon, we opted for an ex-demo Black Edition model; registered in late 2013 and with only 4000 miles, it was almost a brand-new car. This is apparently the most sought-after variant, and is fully loaded, with Xenon lights, Bose sound system, parking sensors, 19-inch alloys, RS-style bumpers etc. Ours also has the comfort pack, comprising auto lights and anti-dazzle mirror.

    A step up from the base model, it just feels more luxurious, better handling, and has the 211 PS valvelift engine which kicks out 350 Nm of torque and actually feels very close to the previous engine in its Superchipped form. Its fuel economy is 35 mpg against 31 mpg for the older engine. The only disappointment is tyre wear. The standard Toyo Sports only lasted 9,000 miles on the front, and as the car is mainly used by my wife for commuting, it was considered excessive. A call to Audi UK resulted in £300- worth of vouchers, by way of an apology.

    The TT is a great car, especially in Roadster form, so why buy a tin-top as the convertible roof is well insulated and it retracts automatically. I think Audi have lost their way with the new TT as it is overpriced, and apart from the satnav built in to the instrument console, it offers little over the Series 2, which still looks fresh – unlike the Series 1 TT, which looks like a wheelbarrow!

    ‘The TT is a great car, especially in Roadster form, so why buy a tin-top?’
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    Neil McKeown, Leven, Fife #2011 #Audi-TT-RS-S-tronic #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TT

    I started out in the car world with a Vauxhall Nova, but quickly moved on to the VW Group with a Mk 2 Golf GTI 16V and then two Corrados, including a VR6.

    In 2002 I then decided to switch allegiances, but still within the VW Group, when I bought a new TT Coupé 225. This was finished in Misano red and had the revised specification, with the 18-inch wheels and Silver leather interior, and it was a pleasure to own, apart from the rather dull engine note. These TTs really looked totally different from anything else at the time and even now, 18 years after launch, they still look good. The only issue with this car was the very common coil-pack failure, but this was sorted out promptly by Audi Assist.

    The #Audi TT Coupé 225 was then traded in for a 2004 3.2 V6 TT in Mauritius blue, with the DSG gearbox and this was, and still is, a revelation. The 3.2 V6 sounded a lot better than the fourcylinder 1.8 turbo and this was only helped by disconnecting the vacuum valve on the exhaust so that both pipes were always open!

    This was then traded in for my first Series 2 TT, bought from Dundee Audi – a 2006 3.2 V6 in Dolphin grey with S-tronic gearbox. The Series 2 TT handled so much better than the earlier model and the interior is more spacious and easier to live with.

    This was then traded in for a 2009 TTS in Bright red, again with the customary S-tronic gearbox and Bose sound system. It was a big step up in performance from the V6 as the bigger turbo more than compensated for the drop in engine capacity. This car really was excellent – it was fast, looked good with the four tailpipes, it sounded really good for a fourcylinder and it never once got stuck in all the heavy snow of the bad winter of 2010 and 2011. These cars may not have a lot of ground clearance, but they do provide a lot of traction when required.

    In 2011 this car was traded in for my current car: a TT RS Coupé with S-tronic gearbox, finished in Daytona grey. I have always liked this colour, ever since I first saw it on the RS 4 and I think it suits the car really well. This car has the auto wipers and lights, i-Pod connector and Bose sound system with the in-dash 6-CD player, and the interior light pack. This gives LED bulbs in all the lights including the door releases and footwells and is a really cool feature.

    This car is really fast and it sounds absolutely amazing. It also rides really well, even on the 19-inch wheels, and looks spot-on, with a few touches to differentiate it from other TT models without being over the top. I have averaged just short of 26 mpg from new, as it is mainly short 10-mile journeys to and from work that the car is used for during the week.

    This car is always a pleasure to drive and I find the suspension perfectly set up for the performance of the car, and not too stiff as some magazines seem to insist.

    The S-tronic gearbox in all these TTs is an excellent feature and has been faultless in all cases. It really does give the best of both worlds, as manual mode with the paddles is great fun and it shifts gear quicker than you could with a manual gearbox, which is helpful when you have 340 bhp on tap in the RS! I recently took this car on a great road trip on some of the best driving roads in the country. From my base in Fife I drove over to Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. I then went around the whole island of Skye including over the road to Uig which is an unclassified road that has to be seen to be believed! Moving on from there, across country via Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey again through some great scenery.

    The last day involved heading over the Cairngorms past the Lecht ski centre and down to Banchory over the Cairn o’ Mount pass to Fettercairn to attend a driving day at Dundee Audi that I had been invited to. I then proceeded to drive an R8 V10 Plus and a RS 6, both of which were amazing. The whole trip was 570 miles and the TT averaged just short of 35 mpg. These few days away, combined with the Dundee Audi driving day, were fantastic if you like Audis.

    I have had no problems with this car and have not modified it at all as I can’t think of anything that needs improving. I hope purchase a new TTS this year to replace it with. This looks like a big step forward in terms of interior, while the exterior is evolution rather than revolution, which is fine by me.

    All my Audis have been looked after by Dundee Audi, who provide an excellent service and at reasonable prices. John Norrie in the sales department always looks forward to having my old cars as trade-ins, as he knows that they are washed weekly and polished regularly.

    ‘I recently took this car on a great road trip on some of the best driving roads in the country...’

    ‘The Series 2 TT handled so much better than the earlier model and the interior is more spacious and easier to live with...’

    ‘All my Audis have been looked after by Dundee Audi, who provide an excellent service...’
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    Matt Donnelly, Crawley #Audi-TT-2.0-TFSI-FWD #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TT

    I’ve owned my TT for just over a year. It’s a 2.0 TFSI FWD in Ibis white. For me, the #Audi TT was the perfect next car up from a Polo GTI, moving me up to a sports coupé with the same sort of German build quality that had attracted me to the VW.

    The TT’s looks and styling are great, the bulging doors giving it a very wide stance and much more presence compared with similarly priced coupés. The interior is focused towards the driver, with all of the controls pointed slightly towards you, and everything is easy to reach without being cluttered.

    With regards to styling, there was one thing that I felt should be changed and that was the rear spoiler, so I’ve added the TT RS spoiler, painted in the body colour. This has made the rear of the car look much more aggressive and I think it finishes it off nicely. So far that’s the only thing I have felt the need to change on the car, but with Revo having just released the Stage 1 re-map for the VVTI engines, I will definitely be adding that soon.

    ‘There was one thing that I felt should be changed and that was the rear spoiler, so I’ve added the TT RS spoiler, and this has made the rear of the car look much more aggressive...’
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    James Hickey, Marlow #2007 #Audi-TT-2.0-TFSI-S-tronic #Audi-TT-8J

    My Series 2 #Audi-TT-2.0-TFSI S tronic is the first #Audi I have ever owned. Previously I’d had a Chrysler Crossfire 3.2 V6 for about four years, before I part-exchanged it for the #Audi-TT at Reading Audi in January 2008. I loved the Crossfire because of the looks it got wherever I went and the fact that it was built on the Mercedes SLK platform, but after 50,000 miles it had started to experience various mechanical problems and I decided to chop it in for something I felt would be a little bit more reliable…

    I bought the TT because I was specifically looking for a 2.0-litre turbo-engined car with a paddle-shift gearbox. All the reviews I’d read about the 2.0 TFSI engine were excellent, one even stating that ‘It was the best 2.0 turbo they had ever driven’. I actually jumped a 6-month waiting list at the Reading Audi dealership because they had the exact specification I was looking for on a TT sitting in a warehouse in London, still wrapped in plastic, and because I wasn’t ‘ordering from the catalogue’ and specifying various options, I could take delivery right away.

    Finished in Phantom black, the car had a full black Nappa leather interior, Bluetooth phone prep and the engine and gearbox spec I wanted, so it was really a no-brainer. If I’m telling the truth, I really wanted a 4-wheeldrive car, but when I was buying and in need of ditching the Crossfire, there was no quattro version of the 2.0 turbo TT available.

    I have now owned the car for exactly seven years and have covered about 64,000 miles and I have no regrets about buying and owning it for that time. The TT has been super-reliable and I’ve had no major issues with the car at all, which is what I would expect from owning an Audi. I love the build quality, the way it handles in the corners and the way it feels in terms of how it sits on the road. The #DSG gearbox is superb, the engine feels bulletproof and I find it a very dynamic car to drive.

    I have, however, had the common minor failures that most TT owners are familiar with, such as sticky/failed paddle-shift micro-switches, a broken parcel shelf bracket, seized bonnet releases, broken plastic bonnet release handles and, after 60,000 miles, my first electric window regulator failure. These are all minor issues, though, considering the overall hugely positive experience I’ve had of owning this car.

    A couple of years ago, I was trying to decide whether to buy a new car, or carry on driving the TT. I wasn’t keen on spending so much money on a new car, and I really didn’t want to ditch the TT, so I found a local independent James Hickey, Marlow 2007 TT 2.0 TFSI S tronic Audi/VW specialist called Mark at MDM Technik, who explained how I could improve the car. I decided to give the TT a ‘refresh’ and save myself the cost of a new car and so I embarked on the somewhat addictive process of modifying it. To begin with, I really just wanted to improve the engine performance but I’ve since opted to slowly create a road-legal trackday car instead, as and when time and money allow.

    So far, I’ve added a Milltek high-flow catback exhaust system with Milltek quad tailpipes, a Revo induction system and an Autotech highcapacity fuel pump. The engine mounts have been upgraded and I’ve since added a Forge intercooler, Forge silicone boost pipes, and a Forge recirculation/dump valve. I’m now up to Revo Stage 2+ and the increase in power and torque has been epic – it’s really like driving a new car and the modifications I’ve made have re-kindled my love for the TT! I’m still using the stock turbo and it amazes me how much additional boost can be gained from the original Audi components, just with some tuning.

    I’ve had no issues with the new tuned configuration either, it all just works perfectly and at a recent rolling-road test day at AmD Essex the power readings were pretty respectable at 270 bhp and 317 lb.ft. of torque.

    The fuel consumption is higher than it was, but I’m getting near 33 mpg during steady driving out on the motorway. Even if I hammer it, I’ll still get more than 20-25 mpg, which I’m very happy about. Considering I’m pushing so much power through the front wheels, I was worried about torque steer and whether the front diff could cope but I’ve had no issues on this front either, which is perhaps testament to the quality of the components and Audi’s engineering on the standard car.

    On the exterior, I added a RegulaTuning.de body kit with Phantom black/Audi silver 2-tone paint job. I swapped the stock 18-inch Turbine alloys for 19-inch ZCW wheels wrapped in Falken FK452 tyres. I also plan to add some decals, but haven’t figured out how best to do that yet. The response I’ve had to the cosmetic changes has been mixed, to say the least, and it does divide opinion. A lot of people really like the look of the car, but I think the purists are up in arms! However, I’m in the process of creating something for the track and, as such, I’m not finished yet. Ultimately, it will look more like a track car than an original TT.

    I actually tracked the car for the first time at the 2014 Audi Driver International day at Castle Combe, as part of the dedicated TT Owners’ Club track session. The mods I’ve made held up beautifully, but it quickly became obvious where the weaknesses were. After coming off the track, my brakes were burning – smoke was actually pouring out of the front wheels! The track session had made it clear that the suspension and brakes badly needed upgrading, and so I’m in the process of sourcing a TT RS big-brake kit and Whiteline anti-roll bars to stiffen up the handling in the corners.

    I’d also like to add racing seats and harnesses, new adjustable dampers and possibly a racing differential, which will allow me to tighten everything up on the car. It should make a great trackday car when I’m finished, because the lack of quattro drivetrain reduces weight, it’s tight into and out of the corners and the S-tronic shift is very fast, meaning it drives like a race car. I also get a nice popping sound from the exhaust and a kick in the back when I change up, which is something that only happens since the engine mods have been made. I’d also like to do the European Cannonball Run in it when it’s finished, although I’m going to need a competent co-driver, who doesn’t mind driving long distances across Europe for a week and wants to party hard while doing so…

    ‘The track session had made it clear that the suspension and brakes badly needed upgrading...’
    ‘I decided to give the TT a ‘refresh’ and embarked on the somewhat addictive process of modifying it...’
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