It’s not often that we look at a car that won’t even be around for the next model year and have the chance to discuss all the details, but the new Audi TT RS isn’t just any other car. The RS is built to be a model that you want to choose over other names on the market and with the price that’s expected to be around $60,000 those names include the Porsche 718 Cayman, BMW M2 and the Corvette Stingray which all have proven their mettle on the track and on the road to be the giants of the industry they deserve to be.
The TT RS isn’t your average small sports car. While the base model of the TT is one that can be considered mild mannered by any standard, the TT RS comes at you full off aggression and a passion to be the leader you want it to be. This car is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out an impressive 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. This power monster is attached to a quick shifting seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to give you the ability to reach sixty mph in less than 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph that can be increased to 174 mph by including the Dynamic Package.
The performance of this amazing little sports car is helped by the fact that it only weighs in at 3,175 pounds, which isn’t much at all for this engine to pull around the track. This car also benefits from the use of the always admirable Quattro AWD system that Audi loves to put in their cars. There is only a hint of turbo lag on this car as it gets going, but once it’s on the move you can’t stop it from tearing up the road.
The drive select modes of this car allow you to set up the steering, suspension, throttle, transmission and AWD system to fit you driving desires at the time. The Comfort mode is used for cruising and a comfortable ride, Auto allows the car to understand the terrain and choose the mode for each system that works best and Dynamic allows you to have the maximum performance of the car to ensure you’ll be able to race anything that’s willing to challenge you and your new Audi TT RS.
If you do plan to take this car out to the track, and I think you should, the massive brakes and dialed in steering system will help you have the control you need, but the tires will make all the difference. Audi has fitted this car with P Zero Cora tires from Pirelli to make sure you can have all the grip you need. In order to save those tires for the track it would be a good idea to have a set of tires that are great on the road to ensure you have fresh rubber when you need to blow past your friends in their Corvettes.
On the inside this car looks and feels like a sports car. The seating is supportive and sporty and the wheel is thick and comfortable for your hands. There is a massive gauge cluster to give you the readouts you want to have on the car and plenty of information for you to ensure the car is performing exactly as you want. The scroll wheel button on the steering wheel allows you to manipulate the infotainment center so you never have to take your hands off the wheel, and if you’re driving at over 100 mph, you really shouldn’t.
While we still have to wait until next summer to have this car at the Audi showrooms, the new TT RS is more than capable of being a legitimate contender at any local race and will certainly turn heads when you show off around your neighborhood. As a small roadster style sports coupe the TT RS adds that bit of aggression that feels as if it’s been missing from the TT for several years. Let this car take you to the track and give you the ride you’ve been looking for all your life.