It’s perfectly understandable to think that the Audi TT RS is a bit absurd. It’s based on the Audi TT, a car that enthusiasts love to make fun of, but it can cost almost $80,000. That fact, in itself, is absurd. No question there. However, if you take a closer look at the TT RS, examine its performance and how it compares to the rest of the market, you’ll soon realize that it’s well worth the money. Especially considering how good it is as a high-performance daily driver.
In this new video from Hooniverse, we take a look at the Audi TT RS and at how good it is to drive. Firstly, it’s damned quick. Its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine is all-new, made from aluminum and makes 400 hp flat. That engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and sends power to all four wheels. While the all-wheel drive setup is still technically Haldex, it is capable of sending most of the power to the rear wheels, for when it needs to. So it can be seriously fun. But the best part of the TT RS is its noise.
It’s also astonishingly capable, as Jeff Glucker notes. While there is some unpredictability with the TT RS under hard braking, it only really happens at race-track speed, the sort of speed that will land you in prison quickly on public roads. So it’s not too much of an issue. But it handles really well, is controlled and confidence-inspiring, making it wickedly quick on the road. It won’t give you the tail-out antics of a BMW M2 or Porsche Cayman S, but it will have more grip and more control than those cars.
What’s more, it’s actually a usable everyday car. Glucker comments on how the suspension is actually sort of comfortable on the road. The Audi TT RS does away with Audi’s MR dampers that make many of its performance cars so good and gives it fixed RS dampers. Despite that, though, it’s still more than comfortable enough on the road. Hell, it even has a decent back seat, with room for kids. Glucker even got a child seat in the back. That’s impressive.
So yes, the Audi TT RS is expensive. But when you consider that it’s faster than a Corvette Grand Sport, BMW M2 and the old Audi R8 V8, that price tag suddenly starts to look like a value.