posted 10 years ago

Audi TT RS

The new Audi TT RS stands out from more regular TTs

The new Audi TT RS stands out from more regular TTs. It features a five cylinder turbocharged engine, sports suspension, Quattro four wheel drive and huge brakes. Larger twin chrome exhaust pipes and a set of R8-style front air intakes complete the stunning new version.

The Audi TT RS produces an impressive 340hp, better than the Porsche Boxster S and BMW Z4 sDrive35i, and way above the 280hp from the new Lotus Evora. With a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds and storming in-gear pace, it feels every bit as quick as a V8-engined R8. There is a sport button which as well as sharpening throttle and steering response, opens up baffles in the exhausts.

Inside there are sports seats in Silk Nappa leather, aluminum pedals and a chunky flat bottomed steering wheel. The options list includes more extreme bucket seat options, plus the usual satnav, 19 or 20-inch wheels and some paint colours unique to the Audi TT RS. Fuel economy of around 30mpg and CO2 of 214g/km are decent figures for a 300hp+ car. The Roadster has rollover protection hoops plus front and side airbags.

The price is a bit of an issue, Audi report that they will be selling just 400 examples of the RS in a full year. Priced from £42,985 for the Coupe and £44,885 for the Roadster version even with Quattro four-wheel-drive, and a trick exhaust, this could be optimistic unless the RS really measures up on the road.