We just recently spoke about the upcoming Audi TT RS and how some journalists were fortunate enough to drive it. It’s a car that Audi fans across the globe are excited about, as it brings a massive improvement over the much-loved, though heavily flawed, previous generation.
Packing a new version of Audi’s now-famous 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the new Audi TT RS develops a whopping 395 hp. That’s more than the previous-gen TT RS. But the new car’s engine is also lighter than the old car’s weighing over 20 kg less, thanks to an all-aluminum crankcase. The new Audi TT RS can get from 0-60 mph in a supercar-frightening 3.7 seconds. That’s faster than a Porsche Carrera S, BMW M4 and Corvette Stingray.
But the previous generation Audi TT RS was fast, too. That was never its issue. The issue with the last car was that it didn’t handle all that well and wasn’t the most exciting car to drive. A lot of that reason was with the previous car’s chassis, which far too often resorted to understeer. It also lacked any sort of driver feedback and just wasn’t that great to actually drive, especially considering its main rival, the excellent Porsche Cayman.
However, this new car seems to improve over the last car quite a bit. We get to see it first hand in this new video from Carwow. While the new Audi TT RS still does understeer at the limit, it’s not nearly as bad as the old car. Plus, there’s no way it can’t understeer at the limit, as it’s a front-wheel drive-based car with a front-biased Haldex all-wheel drive system and an engine slung out ahead of the front-axle. However, Audi has managed to quell a lot of that understeer with the new MQB chassis, a lighter engine up front and re-calibrated all-wheel drive system.
It also features better steering than the previous car, as does the entire Audi TT model line (as well as all new Audis, to be honest). It’s more exciting and more dynamic than the car it replaces. But a lot of that has to do with its brilliant engine and sound.
The 2.5 liter turbocharged five-banger is an absolute gem, delivering heart-stopping power along with an incredible noise. It’s an off-beat five-cylinder burble that no other engine can match. Reason being is that its cylinder timing goes 1-2-4-5-3. This gives it a strange and unique growl that’s simply unmatched and absolutely addictive.
Overall, Mat Watson from Carwow seems to like the new Audi TT RS, even if it is dominated by its engine. He uses some colorful metaphors to explain why, but it seems that it’s a car that can even get enthusiasts like him smiling. So it seems like a job well-done, Audi. Now bring it to the ‘States.