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Under the hood, the TT RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.5 liter inline five cylinder engine. This cross between the traditional four-cylinder and the more robust six features an impressive 360 horsepower and generates 343 foot-pound of torque. A six-speed manual transmission allows for responsive driving and quick acceleration, diverting power to the all-wheel drive system with ease. Even so, the TT RS still manages to feature 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway – respectable numbers considering the power coursing this vehicle.
Driving the TT RS is an electrifying experience. The taut brakes, adaptive and responsive suspension system, and rear spoiler, combined with the low clearance and high-performance 19-inche wheels, keep the RS glued to the roadway. In addition, Audi’s all-wheel drive system does a tremendous job of distributing power to the correct wheels at the perfect time. While the RS is a bit rigid around corners, its roaring engine provides an abundance of speed and quickness.
The 2+2 TT RS coupe is available in only a single trim level. This is one of the major drawbacks of the TT RS. And, even with plenty of options, they’re several others appealing options in the Audi family. For a sacrifice in power and speed the base TT and the TTS are both tempting choices with a similar exterior for much less money. Outside of other Audi’s, the Porsche Cayman S, the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG, and the BMW M3 Coupe all provide significant alternatives for a similar cost. However, each of those vehicles lacks the all-wheel drive the TT RS is known for. In addition, in regards to straight line acceleration the RS blows away most of the competition – even with their meatier V8 engines.
Overall the TT RS is an all-wheel drive sprinter with a tastefully refined interior and a classy, swooping body style. Engine and exhaust noise is a bit loud but not obnoxious, but this only adds to the overall experience of driving a modern day roadster reminiscent to a race car.