2017 New York Auto Show: 2018 Audi TT RS makes American debut

Europeans have had the new Audi TT RS for some time, now. Based on the third-generation Audi TT, the TT RS packs the same new 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 engine as the RS3 Sedan and develops 400 hp. When paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and Quattro (really Haldex) all-wheel drive, the Audi TT RS can get from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. That bests everything else in its class. Yet, despite its delicious goodness, it’s taken quite a while for it to get to America. However, it’s recently made its North American debut at the 2017 NYIAS.

The Audi floor was packed with new and interesting models from the four-ringed brand. The TT RS, though, stole the show for a lot of fans. Its sleek design, aggressive looks and menacing presence made it a very popular car in the show. I managed to swat away some other pesky journalists so I could snag a few photos and here’s what we’ve got.

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It’s a damn handsome looking car, the Audi TT RS, and one that we’re very excited to drive in the future. It has the looks to go along with its performance and looks especially good in this Daytona Grey paint job. We’re so used to seeing it in red or blue that it’s nice to see it in a more subdued color. Though, it doesn’t make it any less aggressive.

Inside, the Audi TT RS is packed with alcantara, leather and metal. It’s a great looking cabin with fantastically comfortable seats, a great steering wheel and the always-brilliant Virtual Cockpit. For the money, there isn’t a better interior in the class. The Porsche Boxster might be more engaging and the BMW M2 might be more thrilling but neither car will make you want to chew up miles more than the Audi TT RS.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.