It’s easy to understand why so many people are saying the Audi TT RS is a “baby R8” since it offers a lot of the bang for a lot less buck. It’s got similar sharp coupe looks, a driver-centric minimalist interior, Quattro all-wheel drive, and rock-solid build quality. But the TT RS featured here by Audi RS3 TTRS Club on YouTube is far from being the junior R8 as the Autobahn slayer actually packs more punch than Audi Sport’s halo car.
Fitted with the aftermarket TTE700 turbo upgrade, the iconic five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine puts down a whopping 660 hp and 800 Newton-meters (590 pound-feet) of torque. That’s an extra 48 hp and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) over the glorious naturally aspirated V10 you’ll find in the R8 V10 Performance. It’s no wonder this particular TT RS appears to be an absolute pocket rocket while stretching its muscles on the Autobahn.
Don’t worry about the driver breaking any speed laws as the video was shot on unrestricted sections of the Autobahn in Germany. Joined by an RS3 tweaked by ABT, the TT RS was likely approaching 186 mph (300 km/h) considering it flew by the RS3 while the hot hatch’s digital speedometer was showing around 162 mph (260 km/h).
The Tourist Trophy could have a very different future as slow sales corroborated with stricter emissions regulations are forcing Audi to rethink the TT formula. The same holds true for its bigger brother, with both expected to go rock down to the electric avenue in order to survive. That’s still a few years away, so in the meantime, let’s enjoy the inline-five and the V10 while we still can.
The turbocharged 2.5 TFSI was recently introduced in the RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback and will be installed in the new RS3 Sedan and RS3 Sportback. As for the 5.2 FSI, the R8 could possibly lose it with the next-gen model, but the V10 has better chances of surviving in the Lamborghini Huracan replacement.