The TT RS Coupe is one of Audi's top-tier sports cars - how does it fare against its competitors? Check our Audi TT RS Coupe review.
Cramped rear seats.
Handling is better in the Porsche Cayman S.
If you can get past the £50k+ starting price tag that hangs over the Audi TT RS Coupe, you’ll be able to better appreciate that it’s an extremely capable and well-rounded supercar.
The jacked-up TT RS Coupe not only puts the standard Audi TT Coupe to the sword, it’s also quicker in a straight line dash than impressive rivals like the BMW M2, Porsche 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster. You’ll struggle to find a faster sports car for a similar price unless you opt for the sweet-handling Alpine A110, but even then, there’s no competing with the sophistication and luxury of the TT RS’ luscious cabin and mouth-watering looks.
Along with the standard Audi TT Coupe, the TT RS is also available in a convertible ‘Roadster’ form. While the RS Coupe has the edge in terms of all-round practicality, the Audi TT RS Roadster offers a unique driving experience like no other.
Both versions have an identical 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine to thank for their electrifying performance. The 395bhp, all-aluminium petrol engine dominates the driving experience and provides the TT RS Coupe with a seriously compelling and savage personality that’s hard to fault.
The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is elegantly smooth, making it the perfect match for the standard quattro four-wheel drive powertrain. The TT RS Coupe’s all-wheel drive capabilities ensure that the car’s tyres stay firmly gripped to the road no matter the road conditions.
Although the TT RS Coupe may not be as fun on twisty roads as the BMW M2, or as involving as the 718 Cayman, one thing the Audi TT has in its locker is hushed wind noise. If noise is a bug bear, switching to the ‘Comfort’ mode on Audi’s Drive Select system will also quieten down the ferocious exhaust note to a tolerable level.
Audi Drive Select can be operated at the touch of a button via the suave Alcantara leather steering wheel. The 3-spoke, flat-bottomed multi-function centre-piece also exhibits the start/stop button function as well as the race-track inspired RS badge.
Glance round the cabin and the RS TT Coupe is brimming with soft plastics, chrome accents and attractive features. The dominant treble air vents are symmetrically aligned across the dashboard and the Virtual Cockpit display is highly acclaimed.
Upgrade to the Comfort and Sound pack and you’ll bag yourself a superior Bang & Olufsen sound system (standard on Vorsprung trim) that comes equipped with 12 high-performance speakers and a 14-channel amplifier with a total power of 680 watts.
If your priority is family-friendly practicality, you’ve come to the wrong place. Despite the Audi TT RS Coupe being labelled a four-seater, its rear seats are probably better off being used as a dumping ground for shopping and carry-on bags. On the flipside, the sporty RS heated front seats are noticeably spacious and embedded with supportive bolsters to keep you in place through those fast corners.
When it comes to running costs, the Audi TT RS is pretty run-of-the-mill for a high-performance sports car. Fuel economy is similar to alternative supercars and CO2 emissions are definitely not environmentally friendly, so you can rule it out as a company car option.
All in all, the Audi TT RS Coupe is a dazzling looking sports car with a wonderful interior to match. Its superb handling is all the more impressive when you consider the mighty engine it has hiding under the bonnet.
TT RS Coupé
The entry-level Audi RS Coupe trim packs some great features. The 19” ‘5-arm’ polygon alloy wheels and the dynamic LED headlights give the exterior a Blade Runner-inspired feel. Step inside and you’ll be thrilled to see that the Virtual Cockpit comes as standard alongside Cruise Control and Parking System Plus. The TT RS Coupe’s Sport suspension also offers a firmer ride which is ideal for a coupe sports car.
TT RS Coupé Audi Sport Edition
The middle-of the-range ‘Sport Edition’ trim is a masterpiece if you like the finer details. In addition to the TT RS, the Audi Sport Edition boasts 20” ‘7-spoke rotor alloy wheels in glossy anthracite black. Black seems to be a recurring theme with a black styling pack adding black highlights to the radiator grille, front blade and rear diffuser insert as well as the iconic ‘four-ring’ Audi logo. We can’t forget to mention the sophisticated carbon inlays that are splashed across the cabin or the upgraded RS Sports Exhaust system.
TT RS Coupé Vorsprung
The cream of the crop belongs to the ‘Vorsprung’ trim. Highlights on the Vorsprung include the innovative Matrix LED headlights that selectively blocks the area of any detected vehicles passing you by. You’ll also have the pleasure of the Audi Magnetic Ride which continuously adapts the suspension damping to suit the conditions of the road. The Vorsprung trim also boasts electrically adjustable front seats with pneumatic backrest side bolster adjustment as well as a range of driver assistance systems including Audi Side and Park Assist.
In all honesty, the Audi TT RS Coupe is hard to fault.
Although it dons the same body style as the standard TT Coupe, the RS feels a cut above thanks to its winged rear spoiler and accentured side air inlets.
From its enticing honeycomb front grille to it’s glossy black brake calipers, this Audi coupe is branded with the sleek RS logo.
The Audi TT RS Coupe packs just the solitary petrol engine, but boy does it come with some fire power!
The 2.5-litre, 395bhp Quattro S Tronic turbo-charged engine is exhilaratingly quick, leaving both the Porsche Cayman and BMW M2 in their wake.
If you’re in the market for race-car-esque performance, you’ll seldom be disappointed with the TT RS Coupe. By achieving 0-62mph in just under 3.7 seconds, this Audi sports car is almost a whole second quicker than the Porsche 718 Cayman S!
The Audi TT RS reaches a top speed of 155mph, but if that’s not enough to tickle your adrenaline-junkie needs you have the option of paying for thrills. Audi can unshackle the Coupe for an additional £1,600 which will see the TT RS reach an improved top speed of 174mph.
The Audi TT RS Coupe offers plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, but you never really feel as comfortable as you do in alternatives like the BMW M2 and Porsche 718 Cayman for example.
The pedals feel a little too close and the seat is relatively high compared to the lower-slung Porsche models. Rear visibility is also a slight issue as a result of the Coupe’s sloping roofline, but front visibility is clear and judging where the nose of the car ends is a piece of cake!
The TT RS has it’s closest rivals smoked in the 100m category, but take the Audi Coupe cross-country and it won’t impress nearly as much.
Steering is slightly less communicative through corners despite the TT RS coming with progressive steering, while the TT RS also feels less involved than some of its competition.
The quattro all-wheel drive system plays its part in helping to control performance at a fair rate of knots, but even then, the TT RS feels heavier than the likes of the Porsche 718 Cayman and the BMW M2.
The TT RS Coupe manages to combine race-car performance with a firm, sporty suspension to produce a beautifully controlled and comfortable ride.
Pay an additional £1,595 (or opt for Black Edition or Vorsprung trim) for the larger 20-inch alloy wheels and adaptive dampers are a necessity for added comfort and performance. They feel more aggressive in ‘Dynamic’ mode and feel better suited when the TT RS is driven hard.
Audi Drive Select comes as standard on the TT RS Coupe which allows you to select your preferred driving mode from a choice of five different driving modes including Comfort, Dynamic, Individual, Auto and Efficiency.