The brand-new second-generation Audi TT RS has been compared to the new Porsche 718 Cayman S before, quite often actually. In fact, the Audi TT and Porsche Cayman model lines have almost become the new BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. They’re rivals from related companies. However, it’s fun to throw another great sports car into the mix, like the Jaguar F-Type. That’s what Piston Heads decided to do by putting these three cars together.
While they don’t actually name a victor of this test in the video, as that will come later in the form of an article, we do get to hear about what these cars are like back to back.
We already know a lot about the Audi TT RS, but we’ll fill you in anyway. Packing a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the TT RS produces 400 hp. It sends that power through a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox to all four wheels via a Haldex-based Quattro all-wheel drive system. That allows the TT RS to get from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which is properly quick.
The TT RS is very fast but it lacks a bit of the precision of the Porsche. Its steering is good but a bit more vague than the Porsche’s and its modest MQB chassis roots start to show through when pushing it hard.
The Porsche Cayman’s mid-engine chassis and manual gearbox make it more engaging to drive than the Audi. However, having said that, the Audi TT RS’ engine is better than the Porsche’s. The Cayman uses a 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-four engine that makes 350 hp. While it’s a technically impressive engine that can get the manually-equipped Cayman to 60 mph in about 4.3 seconds, it’s not a very charismatic engine. It doesn’t rev nicely and it doesn’t sound very exciting, in fact it sounds like a Subaru, which can’t compete with the snarling, barking road of the Audi TT RS engine.
By contrast, the Jaguar F-Type is very different from the other two cars. With looks that beat both other cars, a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 making 380 hp, six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive, the F-Type is pretty damn exciting. It’s also a very good overall package. While its engine might not be as raucous as the Audi’s or its chassis as sublime as the Porsche’s, it’s a great blend of both and is just a really good car to drive.
As we mentioned before, Piston Heads doesn’t name a victor here, but it is coming in a future article. It seems like they might be leaning toward either the Porsche or the Jaguar, if we’re honest. The Audi TT RS has a brilliant engine and is incredibly fast, fastest of the bunch, but its humble roots show too often to compete with the rest of this pack.