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RTS Performance Twin-Friction/5 Paddle Clutch Upgrade Kit – Golf R/GTI, S3/TTS, Leon Cupra, Octavia VRS

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RTS Performance Uprated Clutch Kit

This new upgraded performance clutch for the Golf R, S3 and other EA888 Gen 3 equipped vehicles from RTS promises big things. The unique design combines a twin purpose friction plate utilising both organic and paddle designs with a retracting strap plate clutch assembly. The result is a clutch suitable for many stage 1/2/3 applications, with a much lighter feel than a standard paddle setup matching practicality with performance driving.

Which kit do I need?

Twin-Friction (RTSTF-6006)

Suitable for Stock, Stage 1 and Stage 2 tuned vehicles, gives a lighter OEM feel that can be lived with every day.
Rated to 610Nm / 450lb/ft

Upgraded Clutch RTSTF-6006

5 Paddle (RTSPC-6006)

Suitable for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 tuning, slightly heavier than the twin friction however still lighter than any other paddle clutches we have driven to date and still could be driven every day.
Rated to 715Nm / 530lb/ft

RTS 4 Paddle Clutch

How does the duel friction material work?

Twin friction features comfortable drivability with more heat durability and better heat dissipation via an integration of organic and metal friction surfaces. RTS twin friction is the ultimate choice for matching practicality with performance driving.

RTS unique “Twin Friction” (drive plate) has been developed using a unique flywheel side friction material whilst adopting a segmented pressure plate face.. The aramid friction exhibits 50% less wear than a conventional drive plate friction material.

This material also reduces the effects of fade. Fade is the decline in the clutch system’s ability to transmit torque as operating temperatures increases. These features in combination with the previously mentioned micro-structure of spheroidal casting and ER2 technology allows the clutch kit to dissipate heat far more effectively, allowing the clutch to run cooler for longer.

RTS kit has been designed with a higher clamp load enabling the clutch system to transmit 60% more torque over the standard clutch kit and is suitable for every day driving, fast road and track/circuit racing whilst maintaining user-friendly driving experience.

How does a clutch that transfers more torque and has a higher clamping pressure feel lighter?

A retracting strap plate clutch assembly having a single annular body strap plate affixed to a clutch pressure plate has integrally preformed spring resilient tabs mounted to the clutch housing. The tabs are normally spring loaded to retract the strap plate toward the diaphragm spring so that when the clutch is released the tabs cause the pressure plate to smoothly disengage from a friction disc.

Confirmed Fitment (manual only)

  • Volkswagen MK7/7.5 Golf R/GTI (all variants)
  • Audi S1 8X (see this listing: )
  • Audi TTS 8S Mk3
  • Audi S3 8V (all variants)
  • Seat Leon Cupra Mk3  (all variants)
  • Skoda Octavia VRS Mk3