The current Audi TT RS is a great performance car and one that’s still one of the fastest cars in its price range. However, it’s getting a bit long in the tooth lately, with newer competitors packing almost as much power and just as much speed. So what happens when the TT RS takes on its newer competition? Carwow finds out in this new video.
In this test, the Audi TT RS takes on the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, the Toyota Supra and a Litchfield-tuned Alpine A100. Of the four, the Audi is the most powerful by a healthy margin. Its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-pot makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, making it the most potent car in the test.
The Porsche Cayman GTS uses a 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-four engine that makes 365 hp and 310 lb-ft. While the Toyota Supra uses a BMW-sourced 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft. Lastly, the Litchfield-tuned Alpina A110 uses a 1.8 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, making 300 hp and 298 lb-ft. So if the Audi TT RS is the most powerful car in the test by far, it should be the fastest, right?
Turns out, not so much. In fact, the TT RS places dead last in the standing quarter-mile drag race. The tuned Alpina A110, despite being the weakest car of the bunch, ended up being fastest. Thank its incredible light curb weight for that. While the Audi TT RS ended up being dead last, which is a bit odd.
In this video, the TT RS nailed the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds. In previous tests, Carwow always recorded times of less than 12 seconds. According to Mat Watson, he feels that Europe’s new WLTP emissions restrict its power a bit and enough to put it dead last in the race. On top of that, the Audi was the only car in the race with a convertible roof. So it had a bit of a weight disadvantage compared to the other two. Still, it’s a fun and interesting video to watch.