Unusual 5-cylinder engine configuration and the sound that accompanies it; lots of standard equipment; crisp Audi styling; crisp dynamics
The steering could be more tactile
The TT RS is all-new for this model year.
If this is going to be a weekend track toy, think about the fixed suspension option. If the plan is to drive the car each day, the standard adaptive suspension is probably the best call.
The 2018 Audi TT RS ($65,875) premium compact sports car comes in coupe form only (the regular TT offers a convertible version as well).
Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels wearing summer performance tires, full LED lighting, TT RS-specific front and rear aerodynamic/cosmetic treatments, a fixed rear wing, oval exhaust tips, rain-sensing wipers, an adaptive suspension, 8-piston front brake calipers, ventilated brake discs on each wheel, keyless entry/ignition, selectable driving modes (with engine start/stop and drive mode buttons on the steering wheel), a flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather/simulated suede, automatic climate control, 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats, Nappa leather upholstery with contrasting diamond stitching, simulated suede-covered shift knob, aluminum cabin accents, a 12.3-in Virtual Cockpit configurable driver's information display incorporating a Sport mode, a garage door opener, a rearview camera, a semi-automated parking system, parking sensors front and rear, blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a CD/MP3 player, AM/FM/satellite radio, HD Radio, a 9-speaker audio setup, voice control, a touchpad with handwriting recognition, two SD card slots, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio input.
An optional Dynamic Plus package includes a fixed sport suspension, ceramic front brake discs, a carbon-fiber engine cover, OLED taillights and a raised top speed from 155 to 174 mph.
Other options include wider 19-in alloy wheels, 20-in alloy wheels, a 680-watt/12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation, Audi Connect Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
The TT RS is not purchased or celebrated for its cargo space, but 12 cu ft. should accommodate a couple of golf bags, especially with the small rear seats folded down.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2018 BMW M2 -- Comes in coupe form only, with 365 hp from a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder and BMW's traditional rear-drive layout. Not the design statement the TT RS is, but wonderful to drive and less expensive.
2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport -- Comes with 460 hp from a thunderous V8 set in a lightweight body. This generation of Corvette also has excellent rear-drive handling. Targa and convertible versions are available.
2018 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe -- Slightly pricier than the TT RS, but then it does have 469 hp from a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8.
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S -- Accessible for a Porsche, and the S version has 350 hp, along with a beautiful midengined/rear-drive balance. Like the Corvette, it's only a 2-seater, but so is the TT RS in practice if not in theory.
Used Porsche 911 -- Because whenever someone wants a small ultra-sporty coupe, deep in their hearts they really desire the 911 -- a car that has occupied a special place within the automotive landscape since the 1960s. Check out Porsche's certified pre-owned (CPO) program.