The second-gen Audi TT RS seems a bit like the forgotten car in Audi’s history. While it wasn’t the fastest or the sharpest car Audi made at the time, it looked fantastic, had one of the best engines Audi’s ever made — the iconic 2.5 liter turbo-five — and was still excellent to drive. However, there’s also another aspect of the Mk2 TT RS that’s largely overlooked — its tuning potential.
In this new video from Automotive Mike, we get to see a second-gen Audi TT RS that’s been modded beyond belief and makes a simply staggering 1,300 horsepower. That’s Bugatti Veyron territory in an Audi TT. Madness.
What’s even better about it is that it doesn’t even look that absurd. In fact, its fake racing patina actually looks really cool, it’s lowered just the right amount and sits on nice looking O.Z. wheels. Its rear wing looks stock and its exhausts seem pretty standard looking, for an Audi Sport car. I also love the “Property of NASA” license plate, which is brilliant.
Inside, though, there are some dead giveaways that this Audi TT RS is, indeed, a drag-strip champion. It’s completely gutted, with no door panels, carpets and a fully-custom racing instrument panel. It looks ready to demolish a race track.
Then it starts and the noise is epic. It’s astonishingly loud of course, it’s a 1,300 horsepower inline-five, but it also sounds fantastic. It’s not just your average monster noise box, like so many highly tuned engines are. It rips and snorts at low revs and sounds like a proper race car at idle. As the revs climb, the sound becomes feral and violet, with a higher-pitched wale and a Group B rally-racer-style song as it bounces off the rev-limiter. It might be a drag racer but it sounds like a rally car.
This video just goes to show how great Audi’s 2.5 liter five-cylinder engines are. Not only can they be made to have frankly absurd levels of power but they sound incredible doing it.