Audi TT RS coupe | Carbuyer (2023)

Pros

  • Characterful engine
  • Huge performance
  • Great to drive

Cons

  • No manual option
  • Expensive to buy & run
  • Not as sharp as a Porsche Cayman

Previous iterations of the Audi TT RS haven’t been quite as sharp to drive as the class-leading sports coupes, relying instead on the muscle provided by a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.

In this latest model, not only is there even more power, with 395bhp on tap, but it’s more fun to drive thanks to sharp steering, huge grip from the quattro four-wheel-drive system and very little body lean in corners. While not quite as involving and rewarding as an Alpine A110 or Porsche 718 Cayman S, the TT RS is still fun to drive and hugely confidence-inspiring for drivers in almost any weather.

The engine delivers absolutely astonishing performance, taking the TT RS from 0-62mph in less than four seconds, while an electronically limited 155mph top speed is well short of its potential – you can pay extra to raise it to 174mph by ticking an options box. Allied to this is an even spread of pulling power across the rev range, with mind-boggling acceleration as the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox fires through gears. The engine dominates the entire driving experience.

For all that performance, however, you have to pay handsomely in other areas. This includes the fuel bills that come with 30mpg fuel economy – and if you use all the TT RS’ performance, it’ll drink considerably more petrol.

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Aside from its deep bellowing exhaust, the TT RS stands out from lesser TTs thanks to a muscular bodykit, including flared wheelarches, side skirt and a deeper front bumper. This is home to gulping air intakes and vents, while the boot serves as a platform for a conspicuous rear spoiler. It also gets 19-inch alloys, large oval exhaust pipes, a rear diffuser, silver trim in the front bumper and silver mirror caps.

MPG, running costs & CO2

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It’s the least efficient car in the range, but the Audi TT RS is about on par with its rivals for running costs

Compared to the rest of the TT range, the RS model is by far and away the least efficient and, consequently, the most expensive to run. Fuel economy of up to 30.7mpg isn't too bad, though, considering the near-supercar levels of performance on offer and compared to rivals. You'll need to drive very carefully to get this number, and enthusiastic road or track driving will result in a much lower figure.

You’ll pay £150 a year in road tax (with a £325 surcharge in years two to six), and it sits in the pricey 37% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax band. Jaguar F-Type owners will be spending more time at the pumps, though, due to fuel economy of 26.7mpg from the 444bhp model. Meanwhile, the TT RS’ other major rival – the Porsche 718 Cayman S – should sit between the two. This is because it can manage fuel economy of up to 31mpg.

In terms of maintenance, you’ll have to get your Audi TT RS serviced every year, alternating between a basic oil-change service and a full inspection every other year. Like most other Volkswagen Group cars, the TT RS comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, although you can extend this to four and five years (75,000 and 90,000 miles respectively) for an extra charge. This is slightly less generous than either Porsche or Jaguar offers. Both companies’ warranties last for three years, but neither burdens the owner with a mileage limit.

Engines, drive & performance

The bombastic five-cylinder turbocharged engine dominates the Audi TT RS experience

Although the Audi TT RS is a very good all-rounder, it's the 395bhp turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine that really dominates proceedings. Quite simply, this is an astonishingly fast car. It’ll do 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds – matching the much more expensive Porsche 911 Carrera S – and such is the spread of power, in-gear acceleration is just as explosive, too. As standard, the TT RS comes with a top speed of 155mph, but adding the Dynamic Package Plus raises it to 174mph.

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It’s not just the performance on offer, however, but the distinctive noise that makes this such an evocative engine to work hard. There’s a distinctive off-beat growl that’s full of character – something the four-cylinder Porsche 718 Cayman S lacks.

Power is sent to all four wheels through Audi’s now-familiar seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which is just as happy loping about in automatic mode as it is racing up and down through the gears under hard acceleration and braking. The quattro four-wheel-drive system produces titanic grip, while the car’s steering is quick and accurate, too, meaning it feels nice and agile. It’s not quite as sharp or enjoyable as the Alpine A110 or Porsche 718 Cayman, but it’s not far off.

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You can also specify RS sports suspension, which includes adjustable magnetic ride suspension costing around £1,000. In its stiffest setting, it does limit body lean in corners impressively well, but we’d stick with the softer setting on the road, as the ride stays more compliant and doesn’t have too much of a negative effect on the way the car drives.

In fairness though, While fast Audis of old were notoriously uncomfortable over bumps, the TT RS copes well with potholes and broken tarmac. There’s no doubting it's suitably sporty and stiff, but on roads that are in need of some TLC it’s civilised enough to be driven every day. Unlike most cars, we'd also recommend spending the extra £1,000 on Audi's RS sports exhaust system because the soundtrack is such a fundamental part of the driving experience, and it's likely subsequent owners will also want it fitted, boosting desirability.

Interior & comfort

Audi is renowned for designing excellent interiors and the Audi TT RS doesn’t let the side down

We’ve become accustomed to Audi making some really rather lovely interiors in recent years and the TT RS continues that fine tradition. For the most part, it’s pretty much unchanged compared to the standard coupe and that’s no bad thing.

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There are, however, some upgrades. You get figure-hugging front ‘super’ sports seats upholstered in Napa leather, while the steering wheel is trimmed in leather or suede-like Alcantara. This steering wheel now also features the stop/start button as well as the driving mode selector, in a nod to the mid-engined Audi R8 supercar.

Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument display with unique readouts for the RS model. You also get sat nav with voice recognition and smartphone connectivity, while a 680W Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrade is optional. Styling packs are also available for the interior, while a racing-style Alcantara steering wheel costs just shy of £200.

Opting for the Audi Sport Edition adds 20-inch alloy wheels, while the TT RS Coupe Vorsprung has Matrix LED headlights and adds Audi’s ‘Magnetic Ride’ to the suspension.

Practicality & boot space

The Audi TT RS doesn’t suffer compared to the standard coupe in terms of practicality

Despite its additional performance hardware, the Audi TT RS is just as practical as the standard TT Coupe. It’s still got four seats – although those in the back are strictly for small children – and the fronts are easy to get in and out of, too.

You don’t pay any penalty when it comes to boot space, either, as the TT RS has the same 305-litre load bay as the standard coupe. Drop the rear seats and this expands to 712 litres. Granted, it’s not the most usable of boots, but it’s enough for a couple’s weekend away and is still more than you’ll find in either the Cayman or Jaguar F-Type

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Reliability & safety

A four-star Euro NCAP score is just about acceptable for the Audi TT RS

Even though the Audi TT is supposed to be a sporty, reasonably low-volume car, it’s still slightly disappointing that it could only manage four stars for safety when crash-tested by Euro NCAP. It’s based on the same platform as the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia, all of which managed the full five stars.

It’s not as if it’s particularly lacking safety kit: cruise control is standard, as is the mandatory stuff like tyre-pressure monitoring, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. You also have the added security of four-wheel drive in slippery conditions, while automatic wipers and lights are also standard. The fact that it only comes with two airbags (both for those in the front) may have counted against it, though, and it lacks some of the latest active safety devices which help avoid collisions.

Looking at the manufacturer rankings in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, Audi came a middling 21st out of 30 brands and a slightly worrying 20% of owners told us they experienced one or more faults within the first year of ownership.

Price, value for money & options

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How much does a Audi TT RS coupe cost? ›

Starting MSRP of $72,500 for a 2021 TT RS Coupe with automatic transmission. Model shown is a 2021 TT RS Coupe with automatic transmission in Turbo Blue with RS design selection interior – Blue, OLED taillights, Black badges and rings, and Sport exhaust with black tips for an MSRP of $76,850.

Is the Audi TT RS fast? ›

The cracking five-cylinder engine makes all the right noises, while the chassis provides plenty of control and grip. The Audi TT RS is surely one of the fastest ways of getting from A to B, thanks to its blistering acceleration and the phenomenal grip provided by fat sticky tyres and its quattro four-wheel-drive system ...

How much does a Audi TT RS cost? ›

The least-expensive 2022 Audi TT RS is the 2022 Audi TT RS 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $73,200. Other versions include: 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $73,200.

Is Audi TT RS discontinued? ›

With their absence from the 2022 catalogue for Canada, the sporty 2022 Audi TT RS and the 2022 Audi RS3 will be truly missed in automotive landscape in Canada. Only 50 units, called the TT RS Heritage Edition, will be offered in the U.S. market before the model is discontinued.

Which Audi TT is the fastest? ›

Third-generation TTs got a major redesign and the addition of state-of-the-art technology. The third-gen. TT RS has 400 horsepower, making it the fastest and most powerful Audi TT.

Is a TT RS a supercar? ›

All generations of TT RS will dispatch the 0-60mph dash in under 5 seconds with the newest version, thanks to a 394hp payload, will obliterate that further hitting 60mph in as little as 3.6 seconds, putting its performance into the supercar league.

Do Audi TT RS hold their value? ›

An Audi TT will depreciate 28% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $39,104. The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 12,000 miles per year. It also assumes a selling price of $54,086 when new.

Is the TT RS twin-turbo? ›

Thankfully a full twin-turbo kit from Auto Torque boosts power to 1,200 horsepower (895 Kilowatts). This boosted 5.2-liter V10 engine is now making double its stock horsepower and is ready to take on the toughest drag race competitors.

How much HP can a TT RS handle? ›

The Audi TT RS has serious output numbers residing inside the engine bay. The award-winning turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine makes up to 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet (480 Newton-meters) of torque.
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Gallery: 2019 Audi TT RS Coupe, TT RS Roadster.
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Which Audi TT is rare? ›

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Is the TT RS a 2 seater? ›

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The Audi TT comes as a four-seat coupe or two-seat roadster. Both have a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 228 horsepower. This engine pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard.

Does a TT RS have a turbo? ›

Unlike rivals that use turbocharged four-cylinder engines or big-block V-8's, the TT RS is powered by a unique turbocharged five-cylinder engine that pumps out 394 horsepower and gives the car a unique auditory signature.

What does TT RS stand for Audi? ›

The Audi RS line-up – it stands for RennSport or 'Racing Sport' by the way – currently includes the TT RS in Roadster and Coupe guise, the RS 3 Sportback and Saloon, the RS 5 Coupe, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback. All of them build on the heritage and acclaim lavished on original Audi RS2 Avant from 1994.

Is Audi making a 2022 TT RS? ›

For the 2022 model year, a limited number of just 50 highly collectible TT RS models will be available with the Heritage Edition nomenclature that blends five different exterior paints of the past that celebrate the heritage of the Audi Ur-quattro.

Are Audi TT expensive to run? ›

The Audi TT isn't a hugely cheap car at entry level spec, but it does deliver savings in fuel economy and road tax.

Will Audi TT go up in value? ›

Surprisingly practical for a sports car, with ample performance and Audi's signature Quattro all-wheel drive, the TT was at its most potent with a V6 under the bonnet. Prices have remained stable for the past few years, so examples kept in good condition are likely to start rising in value.

Which model Audi TT is the best? ›

Best Audi TT Coupe engine

It's a bit gruff but delivers high fuel economy. We reckon the best model to choose is the 40 TFSI version, though, which has plenty of power for overtaking and sporty driving but is still reasonably economical.

Why did Audi discontinue the TT? ›

The original TT stunned the car industry when it was first unveiled in 1998. But sales have dwindled in recent years, leaving some within Audi to suggest that the firm ought to leave that area of the market altogether.

Is Audi TT RS reliable? ›

iSeeCars ranked the front-wheel-drive Audi TT as the most reliable sports car, with 4.3% of them still being driven after 150,000 miles. Despite being a luxury sports car, the TT boasts excellent features that promote reliability.

Does the Audi TT RS have Quattro? ›

Helping control all that performance is the quattro all-wheel-drive system. It uses trick electronics to keep the TT on the road and can send up to 100 per cent of power to the front or rear wheels, so you get strong levels of grip even under full power.

What's the difference between the Audi TT RS and Audi TTS? ›

The Audi TT RS Coupe is very similar to the TTS Coupe in size and shape, but it has a bigger five-cylinder engine with 400hp, so it can go from 0-62mph in a mere 3.7 seconds and it sounds a whole lot more dramatic with its musical engine.

Are Audi TT cheap to maintain? ›

Audi TT Maintenance Costs

An Audi TT will cost about $9,644 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This beats the industry average for luxury convertible models by $2,677. There is also a 27.72% chance that a TT will require a major repair during that time.

Why did they stop making RS? ›

There are two main factors, the first being emissions - with fleet average CO2 figures needing to be down to 95g/km by 2021 in Europe, a new RS isn't the most helpful kind of car to have in the stable. Secondly, there's the matter of money.

Are Audi TT engines reliable? ›

Audi TT reliability

None of the engines are completely new either, so reliability should be good. Audi was ranked in 23rd place (out of 29 car makers) in the manufacturer rankings for the 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, behind Jaguar (seventh) and Mercedes (13th), along with BMW in 21st.

What is the most powerful Audi TT? ›

Thinking about it, this tuned TT RS is even more powerful than the most powerful Audi R8 Performance Quattro, which puts out 612 bhp (456 kW) and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque.
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Gallery: 2019 Audi TT RS Coupe, TT RS Roadster.
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Does the Audi TT have a v8? ›

This thing is a sporty Audi coupe turned full-on hillclimb terror. It sounds ferocious.

What turbo is in Audi TT RS? ›

The base powerplant is a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder. The S has the same engine, but with 292 horsepower.
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Audi TT. Coupe - CA$53,100. TTS - CA$63,400. RS - CA$72,900. Roadster - CA$57,100.
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Do the RS3 and TT RS have the same engine? ›

This car is equipped with a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbocharged TFSI petrol engine. The first year models have 360 horsepower, and after a model update in 2017, the power has been increased to 400 horsepower. The same engine is fitted to the third-generation Audi TT RS, which debuted in 2014.

Is the Audi TT RS electric? ›

The Audi TT RS electric car is ideal for children and parents.

What are Audi replacing TT with? ›

After more than 20 years on sale, the Audi TT is set to undergo a huge transformation in its transition to an electric car. Instead of a small, affordable sports car, the TT nameplate will instead be used for a sleek four-door electric crossover to sit below the flagship Audi e-tron GT.

Is the Audi TT a future classic? ›

It was a car we had to have, and now, over twenty years later, that desire hasn't faded. The Audi TT is a true, defining modern classic. It's also still a cheap car to buy, and that means the time is most definitely now.

Which Audi is a future classic? ›

Future classic: Audi R8 4.2 V8.

Can 4 people sit in Audi TT? ›

Surprisingly practical coupe

Don't expect miracles inside the TT Coupe – this is no family car despite the fact it (technically) has four seats. While there's plenty of space up front for even the tallest occupants – surprisingly so – the tiny rear seats are only suitable for small children or for stowing luggage.

Can you get 4 people in an Audi TT? ›

The 2022 Audi TT can either seat two or four adults, depending on the trim level and options you choose. The standard TT trim level is the Audi TT coupe, which starts at $50,500 MSRP. This model can seat four people in total, with two passengers in the front and two in the rear.

Is the Audi TT a real sports car? ›

Overall, the Audi TT doesn't add bring anything new to the table for the 2023 model year but remains a true sports car with an enticing balance of looks and performance.

What does Tfsi mean on a car? ›

Audi TFSI® stands for turbo fuel stratified injection.

Which is better Audi TT or Audi R8? ›

The Audi R8 is available in 5204 cc engine with 1 fuel type options: Petrol and Audi TT is available in 1984 cc engine with 1 fuel type options: Petrol.
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Power533 bhp227 bhp
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Are old Audi TT reliable? ›

TTs of this generation seem to be bullet-proof so far. Reported problems are few, although it should be noted that the previous model got a below-average overall score for reliability. Also, Audi as a brand doesn't usually fare all that well in our reliability surveys.

Is Audi RS a supercar? ›

Audi RS4 Avant (2022) review: a real-world supercar with luggage space. The previous B8-generation Audi RS4 Avant came with a riotous, barnstorming V8. This new B9-generation Audi RS4 Avant makes do with a 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V6, identical to the unit fitted in its RS5 stablemates.

How long does an Audi TT engine last? ›

The Audi TT Is the Sports Car Most Likely to Last Over 150,000 Miles.

Is Audi TT good on fuel? ›

Audi TT MPG & CO2

The entry-level 40 TFSI petrol engine manages up to 42.2mpg, with CO2 emissions from 153g/km.

Is Audi TT comfortable driving? ›

The TTS model has this as standard and it does a good job of being both comfortable and precise when needed. The TT's seats are nicely sculpted and very comfortable. The driver's seat and steering wheel offer plenty of adjustment to make finding the perfect driving position easy, too.

Is the Audi TT RS good? ›

Starting at $74,295. Highs Unique and gutsy five-cylinder turbo, high-tech interior, standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Lows Snug interior, rough ride over imperfect roads, handling is sharp but rival sports cars are better still.

Do Audi TT hold their value? ›

The Audi TT has the most solid three-year resale value of any car currently on sale at 71% for a 2.0 TDi 170 Quattro. That means the 27,375 car will have lost 7880 after three years and 36,000 miles and be worth around 19,495.

Is the TT RS twin turbo? ›

Thankfully a full twin-turbo kit from Auto Torque boosts power to 1,200 horsepower (895 Kilowatts). This boosted 5.2-liter V10 engine is now making double its stock horsepower and is ready to take on the toughest drag race competitors.

Does the Audi TT RS have a turbo? ›

The 2021 Audi TT RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine (394 horsepower, 354 lb-ft of torque). It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Which is better Audi TTS or TT RS? ›

If you really want the most powerful Audi TT you can get, then the TT RS is the one to go for, especially as it has a brilliant engine.

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