VIDEO: Is the Audi TT RS the budget Audi R8 you’ve always wanted?

Maybe it’s because we know it’s going away but the Audi TT RS is really starting to grow on us even more than it already has. It’s also popping back up in automotive media quite a bit, as of late. In this new video from Carwow, we take a look at the TT RS to see if it’s actually a budget R8.


When the Audi TT RS first debuted, it was quite regularly called the “Baby R8”. Now, that claim is closer to being true than every before. Its mid-engine-like styling (even though it’s front-engine), incredible performance and all-weather capability make it an astonishing everyday performance machine.

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It might not be absolutely as quick as the R8 but the Audi TT RS is seriously fast. With a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, the TT RS makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. In this video Carwow’s Mat Watson times it at 3.7 seconds to 60 mph, which is faster than the first-gen R8. In fact, Watson actually thinks it could be a bit quicker without Europe’s new particulate filter, which robs a bit of performance and exhaust noise.


If there’s a common criticism of the Audi TT RS, it’s that it’s not the most engaging car to drive on a twisty road. And while it’s not quite as sharp as a Porsche Cayman, calling it bad to drive is nonsense, according to Watson. In fact, it’s great fun to drive on a twisty road, thanks to its incredible grip and immense power.

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Overall, the Audi TT RS is an awesome everyday, all-weather performance machine that can even be looked at as a budget, half-priced R8. It’s crazy fast, handles well, looks great, has a nice interior and even has a spacious trunk. As everyday performance cars go, it’s tough to beat the Audi TT RS.

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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.