Car and Driver’s in-depth Audi TT RS review

The Audi TT RS is easily one of the most exciting cars to wear four rings at the moment. Aside from the Audi R8, which is obviously the king of the Audi group, the TT RS is probably the coolest car the brand makes. That’s because it sports cool looks, one of the most raucous engines on the planet and blistering speed in a compact, fun-sized package. Naturally, we’re big fans. But what about Car and Driver? They recently just reviewed the TT RS in-depth to find out.

Out of five stars, C&D gave the TT RS 4½ stars, which is pretty darned good. Here is what they liked about the Audi TT RS: “Unusual and alluring powertrain, innovative infotainment solution, speed, speed, and more speed.” That “Unusual and alluring powertrain” they’re talking about is a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that boasts an incredibly odd firing order and one of the best engine sounds on the planet. It’s super. That fiery engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and powers all four wheels.

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Audi claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds but we’ve seen it measured much quicker than the, with some tests dipping below 3.5 seconds. That’s fast for a tiny little Audi TT with only five cylinders. It’s also pretty fun to drive. While it isn’t as sharp or as pure as the Porsche Cayman GT4, it’s a hoot to drive thanks to its quick steering, Quattro all-wheel drive grip and rocket of an engine.

What about what C&D didn’t like, though? “Missing coveted premium features, not as communicative as some competitors.” It’s hard to argue with them there. While its slick Virtual Cockpit looks great, there’s no other infotainment screen in the car. So the passenger can’t really play with the radio or anything of the sort. Which is a bit disappointing. And while the entire cabin looks nice, and the HVAC controls are some of the best in the business, it’s pretty spartan in there.

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It’s also not a pure car. It’s more of a point-and-shoot sports car that’s very fast, has tons of grip and is extremely capable. But it’s no pure sports car, it won’t send tingles down your spine like a Porsche Cayman will. Still, C&D really likes the TT RS and gave it a stellar review.

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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.