When the first-gen Audi TT first launched, it was looked down upon a bit. Its styling and size had brought high hopes of great performance and handling potential. Yet it didn’t quite deliver. Instead, it felt like a Volkswagen Jetta with some fun styling. And that let a lot of fans down. The second-gen didn’t do much to improve that, either, as it was an improvement but not by not and not by enough. Now, though, this new TT is a proper little sports car and the Audi TT RS is one of the most exciting little sports coupes on the market.In this recent review of the Audi TT RS by Automobile Mag, we see exactly why.
For starters, it’s looks help. While the first two TT generations were cute and stylish, the Audi TT RS is downright angry. With all of its angles and almost impossibly sharply-stamped steel, it looks, as Automobile’s Arthur St. Antoine rightfully claims, like it could be part of the New York Museum of Modern Art. Its interior helps, too, looking slick and modern with great technology and premium materials.
But the star of the show its the engine — a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder that makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, the TT RS can rocket to 60 mph in an Automobile-claimed 3.5 seconds. Which was supercar territory not long ago. Then there’s the noise. That turbo five-pot’s off-beat thrum at idle is its signature but the mechanical wail at high revs makes it sound like something truly special, something exotic.
It’s also a handler, too. The previous-gen Audi TT RS was good but not great. This new one is sharp, dynamic and exciting, even if it still does understeer a bit at the limit. If you’re careful on corner entry and get your braking done early, its power and tenacious grip will fire you out of corners.
While the Audi TT RS isn’t exactly cheap, starting in the mid $60,000-range and Automobile’s tester costing $75,000, it’s still one of the most thrilling coupes you can buy in the price range. It’s also about 75-percent of the Audi R8 at half the price.