The Audi TT RS is one of the more fun small performance machines on the market. To be honest, though, most of that fun comes from its engine and its impressive performance. So what happens when the TT RS goes up against a couple of cars that are more about handling and precision than outright speed? Which is deemed the best? Auto Express recently found out by putting the TT RS up against the all-new Toyota Supra and the Porsche Cayman S.
Right off the bat, the Audi TT RS is at a disadvantage. Both the Toyota Supra and Porsche Cayman S are built on bespoke sports car architectures. The Supra shares its underpinnings with the BMW Z4 and it’s a chassis built specifically for those two cars. While the Porsche Cayman S sits on a unique mid-engine architecture shared only with its Boxster sibling. So both are pure, blue-blooded sports cars while the Audi TT RS is built on the same MQB architecture that’s also used to make the Audi Q3 and Volkswagen Golf. So it’s not exactly a thoroughbred.
Still, the Audi TT RS uses a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which helps it hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds flat. So its no slouch. Its rivals aren’t either, though. The Supra uses a BMW-sourced 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine to make 335 hp and 369 lb-ft, getting it from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds. While the Porsche Cayman S makes 350 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque from its 2.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder which, when equipped with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch ‘box, helps it get to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The Audi TT RS is the only car of the bunch to even offer all-wheel drive, while both the Supra and Cayman are rear-wheel drive. In this test, all three cars had automatic gearboxes, which is about the only thing they had in common.
So which one is best? Well, the Cayman is the scalpel of the bunch. It has the best steering, the best chassis and it’s the fastest. However, its engine, while effective, isn’t the best to use or listen to. The Toyota Supra is also an excellent sports car, with a nimble chassis and accurate steering, both of which are a bit behind the Porsche but still very good. The Supra’s engine is better than the Porsche’s, though. As for the little Audi, it’s the least enjoyable car to drive but it does have the most charismatic engine.
We won’t spoil the results of the test for you but it’s pretty obvious where this is going.