The Audi TT RS
The Audi TT RS is the first classic sports car in the RS family. Like the RS 4 and the RS 6, the Audi TT RS was developed by quattro GmbH. Its key data are outstanding: 4.6 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) (for the Coupé) and 15.9 seconds from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) on the way to an optional top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) – the TT RS is the fastest production sports car in the compact class. And it is a purist driving machine – powerful, lightweight, efficient, conceived and implemented without compromise.
The 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder unit has two faces. When driven with restraint, the turbo conveys the composure that comes from having 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque available in practically any situation – from the bottom of the torque curve almost to the very top, from 1,600 to 5,300 rpm. With this tremendous pulling power, the TT RS overtakes with casual ease.
When the driver pushes the five-cylinder he or she experiences its other side – the raw power of 250 kW (340 hp); the skin-tingling music as the engine revs enthusiastically up to 6,800 rpm; the unmistakable, throaty roar is the classic five-cylinder sound from Audi. A glance under the hood reveals the engine in all its glory, with no engine cover – an impressive piece of technology.
Winding rural routes or a few laps around a racetrack allow the superior handling to shine. The TT RS turns spontaneously, almost greedily, into curves and passes through them with aplomb, precisely guided by its responsive steering. As the car approaches its very high limits, it begins to understeer ever so slightly. This effortless controllability is another character trait of the compact driving machine from Audi.
As the car exits the curve, the quattro technology safely transfers the tremendous power to the road in situations where competitor vehicles with their two powered wheels struggle to find grip. All of these strengths and the stirring power of the engine make the TT RS the epitome of pure, essential dynamism.
The equipment, specifications and prices stated herein refer to the model line offered for sale in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.