I’ve long said that the turbocharged 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine in the Audi TT RS and RS3 is the best engine the brand makes. Not the 5.2 liter, naturally-aspirated V10 screamer from the R8 (partially because it’s sort of a Lamborghini engine) and not the triple-turbocharged V8 diesel in the Audi SQ7. The best engine Audi makes is a 2.5 liter five-pot with a big ole turbo. This new drag race video of a tuned Audi TT RS only proves my point further.
Not only is the five-cylinder from the TT RS powerful as it is, making 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, it has incredible potential. Despite being a relatively small engine, it can make a ton of power and is surprisingly strong and reliable. As evidenced by this video, showing of a 600PS (591 hp) Audi TT RS at the drag strip.
With damn near 600 hp in a tiny little Audi TT RS, with a rapid-shifting dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, you can imagine that it’s fast. And it is. Through the half-mile run, the nearly 600 hp TT RS clocked 197 mph. That’s genuinely supercar fast in something that’s about as small as the average training shoe. And it’s all been done with an engine that’s smaller than what you’d find in your average Audi A6 diesel. Remarkable.
So the tuning potential of Audi’s five-pot makes it an absolute winner. It’s powerful enough right out of the box but anyone looking for more power can easily find it. It also makes an excellent noise, with a growly, off-beat, five-cylinder roar. When tuned to 600 hp and given a new exhaust, it’s even louder and more manic sounding. So if you want something that’s crazy, supercar fast but don’t want to spend supercar money, the Audi TT RS might just be for you.