Audi’s hottest member of the TT family doesn’t stint on performance in any sense. The 2.5 liter, inline five-cylinder engine may be hidden under the hood of the 2018 TT RS, but it makes its presence known whenever possible. One of the most distinctive engine sounds – along with some sweet, sweet music from the twin tailpipes – in the industry helps distinguish this coupe or roadster from rivals like Porsche’s Cayman S.
The result is speed and stability. The first comes from 395hp and 354 lb.-ft of torque, the latter arriving at a surprisingly low 1,700 rpm, for a claimed 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds. In launch mode, and in the coupe, we trimmed 0.2 seconds off that with no problems at all. As for stability, Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive keeps you on the road or track, though the danger-hungry can switch all the electronic nannying off if they prefer.
Inside, it’s TT meets R8 with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrumentation, a pair of rear seats that probably only really suit children, and the race-inspired steering wheel from Audi’s supercar. Expect it to arrive in the US come late 2017, with pricing tbc.