Audi says the 2018 TT RS can hit 60 miles per hour in Three.6 seconds, and I am testing that declare time and again and over. When my video producer asks, “Are you able to try this once more? I need one other angle,” all I can do is squeal with delight. Yeah, I can launch the TT RS once more. And once more. And once more.
The Audi TT RS is an all-wheel drive coupe that may technically seat 4 folks, nevertheless it’s higher fitted to two. Below its hood, a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine screams with the fury of 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The bottom TT and sportier TT S are beautiful, however this RS pushes every little thing as much as 11.
Who me? I am simply right here wanting horny.
The TT RS’ Quattro all-wheel drive system is predicated on front-drive structure, which means it could possibly ship energy to only the entrance wheels below straightforward, straight-ahead driving circumstances. However after I bury my foot within the throttle, an enormous chunk of that energy is straight away thrown to the rear. Swap the Audi Drive Choose to Dynamic and a full 100 p.c of the engine’s torque can go rearward. The TT RS combines the perfect of all worlds: front-wheel drive after I do not care about it, all-wheel drive after I want it and rear-wheel drive after I need it.
I have never been too impressed with Audi’s steering in different fashions, however the TT RS gained me over with fast inputs and a heavy really feel in my arms. It is not essentially the most chatty system, however then, most digital energy steering system commerce highway really feel for effectivity. Nonetheless the Audi managed to supply an incredible on-center really feel and crisp turn-in.
A hard and fast sport suspension is on the market as a part of a $6,000 Dynamic Plus bundle, however Audi’s commonplace magnetic experience setup is a-OK by me. The damping charges alter in mere milliseconds, retaining the TT RS compliant on all sorts of roads, and extremely flat by turns. I will admit, the experience can show a bit too harsh in Dynamic mode, virtually inflicting me to spill my beloved Food regimen Dr. Pepper on one morning commute, however the Drive Choose’s Particular person mode permits me to set suspension to consolation whereas retaining the opposite parameters dialed as much as their sportiest settings. Full Auto works simply as properly, too.
Additionally included within the Dynamic Plus bundle are ceramic entrance brakes, which might positively be well worth the coin in case you’re planning on taking your TT RS to the observe on the common. Nevertheless, throughout my time of backroad shenanigans I discovered the usual 14.6-inch entrance and 12.2-inch rear disc brakes to be greater than adequate, even after a number of Zero-60 runs with a, to illustrate, lower than best accessible stopping zone.
You may’t get a handbook transmission within the TT RS, however the seven-speed dual-clutch automated will get the job finished largely to my satisfaction. The default programming shifts a bit too early for my style — higher for gasoline economic system, natch — however a fast tug on the gear lever throws the transmission right into a sport setting. The result’s snappier upshifts and keen downshifts out of turns. For full management, I thwack the gear shift to the precise into handbook mode and use the paddle shifters. Right here, the TT RS lets me run the engine as much as the redline if that is my jam and downshift to my coronary heart’s content material.
Driving like a hooligan is simple to do within the TT RS, although it means you will see a noticeable lower in gasoline economic system. The EPA says I ought to get 22 miles per gallon mixed, however throughout my week of launching, screeching and basic shenanigans I solely noticed 16.6, far under even the town ranking of 19 miles per gallon. Oops.
So superb inside
The inside of the TT RS is sort of a lesson in German simplicity. The HVAC buttons are integrated immediately into the vents, so there are solely 5 buttons on the middle console: two for defrosting, one for traction management, one other to show off the parking sensors and a ultimate button for hazard lights. The issue is that these final three buttons are seated in a financial institution of seven buttons, 4 of that are clean. These buttons management automobile capabilities on different TT fashions, and whereas it is a small quibble, I have never been in a position to recover from the asymmetry.
I can not speak about any new Audi with out extolling the virtues of Digital Cockpit. The 12.Three-inch display is totally configurable and homes all automobile information and infotainment capabilities. Google maps are displayed in full-color glory and an lively web connection makes trying to find locations a snap. The bummer? Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are solely accessible as a part of the $Three,500 Expertise Bundle. This bundle consists of navigation, however with so many producers providing smartphone integration commonplace, this transfer simply appears low-cost on Audi’s half.
Digital Cockpit places Google maps entrance and heart, accurately.
The infotainment system itself is not unhealthy, however it’s riddled with menus and submenus. Every little thing may be managed by buttons and scroll wheels on the steering wheel, or the standard dial and shortcut buttons housed on the middle console between the seats. The highest of the dial helps handwriting recognition, nevertheless it takes some time to grasp this system whereas in movement. It is simpler to only use the voice recognition.
In case you’re searching for driving aids, properly, look elsewhere. There is no such thing as a adaptive cruise management or lane-keeping help. A blind-spot monitoring system is a part of the aforementioned tech bundle, however apart from that, do not depend on the TT RS to do any of the security guess give you the results you want.
Regardless of its diminutive general measurement, the TT RS presents a still-useful 12 cubic ft of cargo area. Whereas that is smaller than the 13.eight cubes supplied within the BMW M2, it is greater than the 9.7 of the Porsche Cayman, which is definitely cut up between entrance and rear trunks. There’s sufficient room within the cabin for a cellphone, a pair of sun shades, a can of Food regimen Dr. Pepper and never a lot else. Pack mild. Or use the rear seats as cargo holders. Actual folks cannot match again there anyway.
For my cash, I would forego the pricey Dynamic Plus bundle. The mounted sport suspension means the experience will all the time be as stiff as a priest’s collar; nice for the church of the race observe, not a lot for the purgatory of my each day drive. The game exhaust can be a no-go for me. A single button modifications the tone of the exhaust, nevertheless it’s not something earth shattering. The five-cylinder engine is already a screamer and $1,000 to make it holler a bit louder is not value it.
What else do you have to be taking a look at on this section? It is all in regards to the Germans. A Porsche Cayman S is down by 50 horsepower however nonetheless has a robust Zero-60 time and is obtainable with a six-speed handbook, although it begins at a couple of thousand greater than the TT RS. The BMW M2 is extra practical, comes with a handbook and prices lower than an Audi, although you aren’t getting all-wheel drive.
The 2018 Audi TT RS begins at $64,900, however my kitted-out tester with every little thing however the Dynamic Plus bundle brings all of it the way in which as much as a cool $74,025. It is a critically enjoyable little whip, and one which’ll do properly in snowy climates because of its magnificent all-wheel drive. The one factor holding me again, apart from the truth that it prices greater than my graduate-level training, is the shortage of a handbook transmission. However in case you’re one to be glad by paddle shifters, the TT RS ought to do you simply superb certainly. Even and not using a third pedal, this automobile constantly makes me giggle.