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Audi TT RS (2009–2015)

Last updated 3 October 2016

Characterful and powerful five-cylinder engine. Easy to drive at low speed. Sporty cabin. Available as a Coupe or a Roadster.
Expensive compared to the rest of the TT range. Not as involving to drive as the similarly priced Porsche Cayman.
Updated 3 October 2014

Report from independent gearbox specialist of lead footed drivers stripping 1st and 2nd gears in manual Audi TTRS models.

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Introduction

The second generation Audi TT transformed the image of the TT. Whereas many people viewed the first generation model as slightly soft, the newer model is a genuinely great sports car. And as if to prove this further, there's a high performance model in the shape of the TT RS.

Of course there's already the impressive TTS and with 272bhp it's certainly no slouch. But as with all the RS models across the Audi range, the TT RS takes things onto the next level. The big talking point is the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharger engine which produces 340bhp - that's more than a Porsche Cayman S - which gives the top of the range TT a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds (4.7 seconds in the Roadster if you're counting).

This engine was unique to the TT RS, originally no other Audi used it until the launch of the Audi RS3 in 2011. It's certainly characterful with a distinctive sound and sublime performance. Audi has ensured the TT RS stands out from the rest of the TT range with an aggressive bodykit including a fixed rear spoiler and bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

It's available as either a Coupe or Roadster, so you can add open-air enjoyment to the high performance experience. However, neither version is cheap with new prices at more than £45,000 putting it up against cars like the excellent Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman, plus the latest BMW Z4.

It can't quite match the Porsche models when it comes to driver enjoyment and the TT RS lacks some of that feelgood factor you'd expect in an RS model from Audi. But it's still a great car to own and drive - and one that will always look stylish.

Audi TT Coupe 2006 Road Test

Audi TT RS 2009 Road Test

 

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