There are a lot of reasons to love the Audi TT RS; it’s crazy fast out of the box, comes with a brilliant engine, and it’s one of the most usable small performance cars on the market. However, one of its absolute best attributes is its tuning ability. The 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine is strong enough to make incredible amounts of power without any upgraded internals. Out of the box, it makes 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. This one, however, makes a monstrous 625 horsepower, which is an increase of 225 horsepower, thanks to a tune. So what does that equate to on the Autobahn?
In this new video from AutoTopNL, we get to see the tuned Audi TT RS go for a top speed run, which is especially interesting because this tuned TT RS has no top speed limiter. The standard car is electronically-limited to 174 mph, which is already quite high, but with the extra power you’d think it might be able nudge the 200 mph mark, given enough runway, right?
If so, you’d be right. In this video, the Audi TT RS hits a 317 km/h, which is 196 mph and far quicker than I’d be comfortable going in a TT RS. It’s a great car but its short wheelbase and front-heavy balance don’t seem to be a great recipe for going damn-near 200 mph. You can tell that in this video, as the car feels very twitchy and nervous at that sort of speed. Considering that, at around 200 mph, you cross an American football field in just over one second, the tiniest of mistake can have catastrophic results.
It does sound good, though. Audi’s 2.5 liter turbo-five has always been a brilliant sounding engine and this aftermarket exhaust helps. Admittedly, there are too many pops and bangs for my personal taste, which just sounds artificial, but the actual sound of the engine and exhaust is very nice on this tuned car.
If you’re looking to tune an Audi TT RS, know that pumping out over 600 horsepower is entirely possible and that 200 mph is realistic. Just make sure to do it in a safe environment, please.