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VIDEO: Shmee drives the new Audi TT RS

If you aren’t familiar with his YouTube channel, Shmee does a lot of popular car reviews, often of his own exciting cars. His latest, though, is of the brand-new Audi TT RS, which he got to drive in Spain. We recently saw some video of the new TT RS, but in this one we get to see the nitty-gritty details of it.

We already know quite a lot about the new Audi TT RS. The second-generation car still uses a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, except this time it’s entirely made from aluminum, making it lighter than before. It also now produces 400 hp and can get from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It features a slick-shifting S-Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive. It’s properly fast. Although, the star of the Audi TT RS isn’t its performance, it’s the noise.

And we get to hear a lot of it in this video. The growl and bark of the turbo-five is magnificent and possibly the best sounding engine under $100,000. With every upshift, there’s a bark and with every downshift there’s a burble. It’s spectacular and really makes driving it seem like an event. We get to really see that in this video, as it’s quite a candid video, without any fancy cinematography.

We also get to see Shmee play with some of the interior. The Virtual Cockpit is familiar, but it’s always fun to see it do its thing. He also shows us the cabin quite closely. Personally, I’m not a fan of the red plastic accents throughout the cabin, as they look a bit cheap. Shiny colored plastic belongs in an A3, not a TT RS. Replace that with brushed aluminum or carbon fiber and I’ll be a happy guy. Aside from that, though, and the cabin seems especially well made and well laid out.

Shmee also does a launch control run with and Audi Sport fellow along for the ride. It launches very hard and, at real life traffic lights, could give supercars a real fright, as it probably gets from 0-30 mph faster than most of them. The Audi Sport engineer also claims that they’ve bested Audi’s 0-60 mph claim by one tenth of a second on some runs, which means the TT RS is capable, under very good circumstances, of doing it in 3.6 seconds.

Audi TT RS Coupé

He also shows us a close look at the OLED taillights, which look very cool in person, it seems. Made up of a few staggered ultra-thin OLED rectangles, they are some of the coolest looking taillights we’ve seen.

Overall, Shmee has pretty good things to say about the Audi TT RS. On twisty roads, he’s a fan because of how small, nimble and fast it is. In terms of power and performance, he compares it to the Porsche Cayman GT4 and BMW M2, which is about as high as praise gets, honestly. But if he has a criticism, it’s that it’s a bit too sterile. It does everything with such technical precision that it lacks a bit of character. To be honest, he’s probably right, as that’s Audi’s M.O. However, as a canyon-road weapon, the Audi TT RS seems to be very good.

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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.