We’ve already learned quite a bit about the new 2017 Audi TT RS. It’s the second-generation of the TT RS model name and it’s one of the best performance cars Audi currently makes. It was also the first of Audi’s new performance cars to gain more of a grand-touring style, rather than be an all-out sports car. We know that it’s blisteringly fast, we know that it has tremendous grip and we also know that it’s better suited at straight lines, long sweepers and daily driving than it is back road canyon carving. But what are some interesting facts that you might not know about the TT RS? Well, TFLC gives us five in this latest video.
The first up is the engine. We know that it sports a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder and have known since forever. That’s because it’s one of the best engines Audi has ever made and one of the best one the market. It’s a mighty motor, packing 400 hp from less than 3.0 liters, and it makes a delicious noise. But what many might not know about it is that a lot of the reasoning for why it sounds so good is its engine’s firing order. It’s cylinder firing order is 1, 2, 4, 5, 3. That’s sort of odd but it works and makes an awesome sound doing it.
Next up is the fact that the Audi TT RS can pull 1.0 g under acceleration. That’s incredible, to be honest, from a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine and such a small car. That sort of pulling power is normally reserved for big-block Corvettes and exotic supercars. Yet, this small, turbocharged five-pot sports car can do the job. It can also get from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. That’s crazy. This g-force info can be spotted on the impressive Virtual Cockpit.Roman Mica, host of TFLC, also points out the fun air vents. While circular air vents aren’t the special, these have the HVAC controls housed inside of them. This makes it very intuitive and easy to adjust air cabin temperature while also easily changing the direction of the vents. So not only do they look cool, but they’re impressively functional and intuitive.
The existence of a back seat is also interesting. Technically, the Audi TT RS is a 2+2, meaning that it’s designed to fit two adults in the back. While that’s an interesting bit of info, Audi is apparently exaggerating the size of its back seat. It can fit two adults, if those adults are lacking, ya know, legs.
Next is the fact that Audi claims the TT RS only has one natural competitor, the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman. However, we’re not sure if that’s true or not. The BMW M2, is also a good competitor to the TT RS, as they’re both turbocharged coupes with similar performance times. Sure, the TT RS is faster than the M2 but it’s faster than the Cayman S by an even larger margin. I think that’s just a bit of VW Group homerism.
The last surprising bit is the fact that the Audi TT RS, despite looking very cool, isn’t much different than the RS3 Sedan. While we already knew that, there are probably a lot of fans that were unaware. So if you want the TT RS but need a back seat and a bigger trunk, the Audi RS3 can be the perfect car for you, as it has the exact same engine and transmission, chassis all-wheel drive system and steering.