These two young bucks are the big talk around Audi these days. The Audi RS3 Sedan and the Audi TT RS are the two most popular cars to wear four rings at the moment. It’s not hard to see why, though, as both of them offer tons of thrills in small packages and at affordable prices. Plus, they both share the same engine, gearbox and all-wheel drive system, so they’re like non-identical twins. They’re also the most affordable cars to come from Audi Sport, so fans are naturally excited.
In this latest video from Hooniverse, who was fortunate enough to attend the launch of both cars, we take a look at the differences between both hotly anticipated twins.
First up is the Audi TT RS. It’s the more exciting, more thrilling and sexier of the two cars. It’s the more dangerous sibling that always wants to throw parties and get in trouble. It’s the one your mom tells you to stay away from but you lie about where you’re going and meet up with it anyway. Mechanically, it’s really not any different that the RS3 Sedan. Both cars share the same 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 engine that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Both also use the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive system. So why is the TT RS the more exciting one?
Well, for starters, it’s the looker. The RS3 looks cool but it’s still just a tarted up A3 on the outside. The TT RS has the fixed wing, great wheels, flared arches and sexy coupe body style. If you had to choose one of these cars for the weekend, there’s no doubt it would be the TT RS. That excitement follows to the inside as well. Its steering wheel seems plucked straight from an Audi R8 and looks awesome. The HVAC controls are smartly housed in the front air vents which not only looks cool but is incredibly functional as well. It just has the cooler looks and cabin.
Plus, it’s faster. Being that the TT RS is a touch lighter, it’s actually the faster car from 0-60 mph. Both can do the sprint in under 4 seconds but the TT RS is a couple of ticks quicker than the porkier RS3. That lighter weight also helps it handle better and feel a bit sharper.
But if it’s an everyday driver you want, the Audi RS3 is probably the better car. While it isn’t as exciting looking as the TT RS, nor is its cabin as special, it’s still flipping fast. According to Audi, 0-60 mph takes just 3.9 seconds. In what looks to be a tarted up Audi A3. That’s awesome. Plus, it has an actual usable back seat, a good sized trunk and can fit four adults. Whereas the Audi TT RS was the car you’d want for the weekend, the RS3 is the car you’d want everyday.
Both of these cars are awesome. They both have a superb engine, which makes an incredible noise, and they’re both fast as all hell. They have their distinct differences and strengths, though, so they aren’t exactly the same. It really comes down to your lifestyle but you can’t really go wrong with either.