Audi TT RS Roadster Review

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Audi TT RS Roadster Exterior

The Audi TT RS Roadster has the striking looks to back up its ferocious engine. The drop-top roof is another huge selling point if you're looking for a summery supercar!

Pros

  • Powerful performance.

  • Drop-top roof.

Cons

  • Only 2 seats compared to the Coupe’s 4.

  • Porsche Bosxter is a more involving drive.

Exterior

5/5

Driving Experience

4/5

Interior

5/5

Practicality

3/5

Running Costs

2/5

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Overall Verdict

The Audi TT RS Roadster is a power-hungry supercar with a luxurious personality to match it’s ferocious performance.

The TT RS Roadster packs the same compelling 2.5-litre turbocharged five cylinder engine that you’ll find in the almost identical Audi TT RS Coupe

Distinguishing between the two speed demons is made easy by the Roadster’s retractable fabric roof (Roadster is basically a fancy name for a convertible). The drop-top sensation may come at the price of no rear seats, but this shouldn't be a turn-off given that the Coupe’s rear seats are more fitting for a chihuahua rather than a human being.

In terms of performance and speed, the standard Audi TT Roadster is no match for the juiced-up TT RS Roadster. The 395bhp engine is a more suitable rival for other rapid roadsters like the Porsche 718 Boxster, Ford Mustang GT Convertible and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43.

Peer round the cabin and you’ll notice that the TT RS mirrors the standard TT’s minimalist layout. Audi’s highly regarded Virtual Cockpit replaces the analogue speedo dials, while the dashboard is dominated by three deluxe air vents that also house the climate controls.

The ornate 3-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel is embroidered in a blend of alcantara and leather, but it’s much more than just a looker. The multi-function centrepiece features satellite buttons that put controls like Start/Stop and Audi Drive Select at your fingertips.

The sumptuous leather RS sports seats come with supportive bolsters to keep you in place through those fast corners as well as heating capabilities to counteract those windy coastal breezes. They’re extremely spacious and you won’t have to worry about squashing anyone in the back seats!

Although the RS Coupe has the practicality factor of having four seats, the Roadster has implemented some neat practical touches of its own. Microphones embedded into the seat belts ensure chats via Bluetooth-compatible phone calls can be clearly heard even with the roof down!

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 appealing to any green warriors, so you can rule it out as a company car option.

 All things considered, the Audi TT RS Roadster is one of the top-performing sports cars for its price range. Its striking exterior and luxurious interior is made all the more impressive thanks to the mighty engine it has hiding under the hood. 


Available Trims

TT RS Roadster  

The entry-level Audi TT RS Roadster trim packs some very cool features. The 19” ‘5-arm’ polygon alloy wheels and the dynamic LED headlights give the exterior a dashing glow. Venture inside the cabin and you’ll be thrilled to see that Audi Virtual Cockpit comes as standard alongside Cruise Control, Parking System Plus and Hill-Hold Assist. The TT RS Roadster’s Sport suspension also offers a firmer ride which is perfect for a low-slung sports car.

TT RS Roadster Audi Sport Edition 

The middle-of the-range ‘Sport Edition’ trim is a winner. The thinly sculptured ‘7-spoke rotor’ alloy wheels in glossy anthracite black with black brake calipers lay the foundations for what seems to be a recurring black theme. This is reinforced by the black styling pack which adds black highlights to the radiator grille, front blade and rear diffuser insert as well as Audi’s iconic ‘four-ring’ logo. You’ll spot lavish carbon inlays splashed around the cabin as well as receiving an upgraded RS Sports Exhaust system. 

 TT RS Roadster Vorsprung 

 The top of the line ‘Vorsprung’ trim pulls out all the stops to impress its passengers. A notable upgrade comes in the form of Audi Magnetic Ride. This innovative feature continuously adapts the Roadster’s suspension dampers to suit specific driving situations, while the Matrix LED headlights incorporate cutting edge technology to dim the lights in direction of other detected vehicles. The standard Bang & Olufsen Sound System is a must-have for music buffs and you’ll receive a whole host of driver assistance systems including Audi Side Assist and Park Assist.  


Exterior

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Looks-wise, the Audi TT RS Roadster is almost untouchable. 

Despite boasting a similar body style as the standard Audi TT Coupe, you’ll be pleased to hear that RS TT Roadster comes with a few luscious extensions. Standing out in particular is the winged rear spoiler that gives the Roadster the sportier, race-car appearance that it thoroughly deserves.

The exterior is also branded with the Roadster’s glossy RS badge. From it’s captivating honeycomb front grille to the sleek black brake calipers, the Roadster is branded with Audi’s glossy RS badge.

The Roadster’s electrically operated folding roof can be folded and unfolded at a speed of 31mph in just 10 seconds which is extremely handy given the UK’s temperamental climate.


Driving Experience

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The Audi TT RS Roadster packs the same solitary petrol engine as it’s Coupe equivalent.

The 2.5-litre, 395bhp  Quattro S Tronic five-cylinder engine is breathtakingly quick, leaving four-cylinder roadster’s like the Porsche 718 Boxster, Ford Mustang GT Convertible and Mercedes-AMG SLC43 firmly in their wake.

 Paired with the dynamic duo of a quattro four-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the Roadster’s engine has enough power to get from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of 155mph. If that’s not enough to satisfy your needs, you can equip your Roadster with the Performance Pack Plus (for an additional £1,660) which sees the Roadster up the ante to 174mph.


Driving Position

The Audi TT RS Coupe offers plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, but you never really feel as comfortable as you do in the Porsche 718 Cayman Boxster.

The pedals feel a little too close for comfort and the seat is relatively high compared to the lower-slung Porsche models. Rear visibility is also a minor issue given the Roadster’s retractable roof, but front visibility is clear.


Handling

The main difference between the TT RS Roadster and the Coupe is the additional 90kg the Roadster has to lug about. Although the extra weight won't be very noticeable to the ‘average Joe’, it certainly plays its part in making the Porsche 718 Boxster a more thrilling and involving drive.

The quattro all-wheel drive system allows the Roadster to take corners at a fair rate of knots thanks to the plentiful grip it provides. Nevertheless, steering feels slightly less communicative than rivals despite the TT RS coming with progressive steering.

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. What do you prefer - a marathon or a sprint?


Suspension

The TT RS Roadster manages to balance race-car performance with a calm and composed drive thanks to its firm, sporty suspension. Audi engineers have even made the body 10mm lower than the Audi TT for a sportier feel.

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. 

Audi Drive Select comes as standard on the TT RS Coupe, allowing you to select from a range of five different driving modes. This lets the driver alter the suspension, gearbox and steering settings according to the road conditions via the steering-wheel-mounted button.

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