RE: Audi TT RS Sport Edition | Driven

RE: Audi TT RS Sport Edition | Driven

Saturday 25th May

Audi TT RS Sport Edition | Driven

Blistering five-pot still the defining feature, post WLTP



While it's not the only car to be powered by Audi's hand-built 2.5-litre TFSI engine, the TT RS remains the lighter, slipperier option - and therefore the sportier one, too. By virtue of its straight-line performance, terrific all-wheel drive traction and dinky footprint, it has earned itself a supercar-slaying reputation. Overtime its design has homogenised with the R8, too - a trait which has arguably been extended by this, the newly facelifted model.

Much like the changes visited on the RS3, the model's minor aesthetic tweaks have been instituted to make the introduction of a new WLTP-conforming particulate filter seem like a mid-life update rather than an inconvenience, but the RS does also gain a new trim level - the Sport Edition tested - and its standard kit list has lengthened.

Certainly the styling alterations are discreet. There are wider grilles in the front bumper and new a LED structure in the headlights, while at the back, the rear wing now features side winglets - which are said to enhance aero performance - and the OLED taillights have gained a new internal design. As standard, the door mirrors are now electrically folding and the windows are tinted, two options said to have been popular with Brits.


Inside, the cabin retains an unchanged Virtual Cockpit layout with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster the sole source of infotainment, leaving the dash with a clutter free layout thanks to those ingeniously-packaged climate control knobs. Time has not dramatically aged this generation of TT - it remains fresh and ultra modern in appearance and built without apparent compromise. The now standard inclusion of wireless smartphone charging merely extends its advantage over most rivals.

Press the start button on the steering wheel the Sport Edition's RS exhaust - yep, it gets that too, alongside the 20-inch alloys and that black exterior trim - and the inline five settles into the kind of purposeful tick over that distances it from the comparably rough-sounding Porsche Cayman. Audi Sport has retained identical power and torque curves for the 2019 car, which bucks an industry trend for tapering output or, as seen on the RS3, a shrunken peak torque window. It means that under steady pace the TT's five-pot feels no less eager or excitable, especially once the needle pushes over the 1,700rpm start point for maximum twist. Take it beyond 3,000rpm and the motor feels so elastic that the 1,450kg TTRS's claimed 3.7 second 0-62mph time feels like a worst-case scenario.

WLTP or not, this is a compact coupe still capable of clinging onto the bumper of cars worth twice its price. The Quattro-branded Haldex all-wheel drive system offers immense off-the-line traction - an attribute that hardly seems to slacken when you start applying steering lock. The seven-speed S tronic 'box is quick to upshift and though a tad hesitant on consecutive downshifts, it is more than capable of keeping the motor in its wide sweet spot. From 5,000rpm to the 7,000rpm redline it's all savage acceleration, which only seems to be tamed by the presence of a hard limiter immediately afterwards. The thought of extending the high-end warble with a remap is a hard one to put away...


Perhaps it's the car's lower centre of gravity compared to the similarly rapid RS3 that makes steering it along the winding Old Military Road of Cairngorms National Park the more enjoyable experience. The car hunkers down on its optional adaptive damping, while the steering is weighted well enough to make the front-end's quickness your main source of entertainment. The all-wheel drive system, with its back-axle located clutch, can send 100 per cent of torque rearwards, but don't expect that to add up to much in the real world. No amount of coaxing on dry tarmac will have the RS letting its hair down.

In some ways that's a good thing, because it means the full, lubricious loveliness of the 2.5-litre unit can be unfurled without hesitation. Lean on the chassis sufficiently hard and its proclivity for understeer will key you into its limits well ahead of any disaster - which is the eternal point of Audi Sport's approach to things. The flip side is no less abiding, of course; compared to the Cayman or an Alpine A110, the fun factor is entirely made of one-dimension. Only the single-powered axle of the R8 RWS has endeavoured to buck that trend in recent times; the new TT RS certainly doesn't.

As with the RS3, this fact is unlikely to leave a dent in the sales volume. The TT sells to much the same audience, and for anyone seeking an upmarket and extremely accessible way of going very quickly from A to B, it asks much less of a driver than its rivals would at the same speed. And - to play devil's advocate for a moment longer - the RS's 'baby supercar' label is well-deserved if you grade it on looks, interior ambience, noise and speed. The problem only comes when you apply an additional criteria based on at-the-limit handling. If you can resist doing that, and can afford the Sport Edition, you'll likely be happy with the most expensive - and best - TT that Audi makes.


SPECIFICATIONS - AUDI TT RS (SPORT EDITION)
Engine:
2,480cc, 5-cylinder turbocharged
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, Quattro all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 400@5,850 - 7,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 354@1,700-5,850rpm
0-62mph: 3.7sec
Top speed: 155mph (or 174mph with optional derestriction)
Weight: 1,450kg
MPG: 31
CO2: 181g/km
Price: £53,905 (57,905)










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big_rob_sydney

Original Poster:

2,327 posts

136 months

Saturday 25th May
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I totally get why it sells.

You have something that ticks a lot of boxes, for not a lot of money relative to some other "competitors". And what does it NOT do well? According to the article, handling at the limit. Aside from a small demographic of self-appointed (and therefore irrelevant) driving gods, the rest of the human population will look on this as a good proposition.

It's not for me though. You know, being a driving god and all...

cerb4.5lee

11,670 posts

122 months

Saturday 25th May
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I personally have always loved the way the TT looks and I think this looks great too. 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds is seriously impressive as well. smokin

Thornaby

329 posts

11 months

Saturday 25th May
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Where do we start?

Soulless, 400bhp is too much, 4wd is rubbish, it’s not a manual, for £50k you can by a 25 year old limited edition M3, VAG rubbish, farty exhaust etc etc.

Has that covered everything?

tim-jxv5n

39 posts

38 months

Saturday 25th May
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They should have stripped the rear seats etc as per the mk1 quattro sport. Unless there's another run out model coming?

Venisonpie

329 posts

24 months

Saturday 25th May
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You know exactly what you're going to get with this, it's a compelling package. A bit slab sided for my taste and I'm not taken with the wheels but I'd take it over a 718.
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av185

8,417 posts

69 months

Saturday 25th May
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'Supercar slayer.' rofl

And £58k for a Titi.

Jaysus.

cerb4.5lee

11,670 posts

122 months

Saturday 25th May
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Venisonpie said:
I'm not taken with the wheels
They're not really to my taste either.

HM-2

4,447 posts

111 months

Saturday 25th May
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I don't particularly like how it looks (in fact I much prefer the RS3), and if the rest of the Haldex VW Group stable are anything to go by I won't especially like how it drives.
That said, am I the only one who looks at a kerbweight of ~1400kg and think's "actually not that bad". Apparently, it's almost identical to a Cayman S PKD, despite having AWD, 4(ish) seats and a big cast-iron block 5-pot up front.

Edited by HM-2 on Saturday 25th May 09:43

Gameface

8,748 posts

19 months

Saturday 25th May
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3 "DRIVEN" Audi's this week...


MrVert

3,010 posts

181 months

Saturday 25th May
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Had a Gen 2 TTRS for 18 months, 40k miles as a daily.

The handling is a little numb yes, but on the roads you'll never get her the limit so for me wasn't a real problem.

At £50k new they look expensive, but for £20k with relatively low mileage they're a bit of a steal.

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Ballistic little coupe, 2nd hand, bangs for bucks, there's not too much to touch them.

Riverside Red

794 posts

77 months

Saturday 25th May
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av185 said:
'Supercar slayer.' rofl

And £58k for a Titi.

Jaysus.
.....or £78k for a 4 banger Cayman GTS....seems like a bit of a bargain, £20k less for a proper engine....

RR

Shiv_P

1,955 posts

47 months

Saturday 25th May
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Let's get it out of the way

- Numb steering
- VAG bash
- Dull
- Soulless
- No steering feel
- Understeer
- BMWs are better
- Hairdresser
- Why spend £50k on a new car when you can buy 10 houses for the same price


av185

8,417 posts

69 months

Saturday 25th May
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Riverside Red said:
av185 said:
'Supercar slayer.' rofl

And £58k for a Titi.

Jaysus.
.....or £78k for a 4 banger Cayman GTS....seems like a bit of a bargain, £20k less for a proper engine....

RR
Cayman GTS list price is £59866. rolleyes

J4CKO

27,522 posts

142 months

Saturday 25th May
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Love these, but the wheels are indeed horrid, sort of look like a medieval cart somehow.

I know these arent all things to all men (or women) but its a quality item with plenty of pace and decent practicality, its a lot of money but it is the top of the range, and thats what cars cost these days.


RemyMartin81D

4,779 posts

147 months

Saturday 25th May
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av185 said:
Riverside Red said:
av185 said:
'Supercar slayer.' rofl

And £58k for a Titi.

Jaysus.
.....or £78k for a 4 banger Cayman GTS....seems like a bit of a bargain, £20k less for a proper engine....

RR
Cayman GTS list price is £59866. rolleyes
Still cheaper lol.

cerb4.5lee

11,670 posts

122 months

Saturday 25th May
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Shiv_P said:
Let's get it out of the way

- Numb steering
- No steering feel
- Understeer
- BMWs are better
- Hairdresser
These are all very valid points IMO.

I'd still have one though for sure. cool

Brooking10

4,834 posts

83 months

Saturday 25th May
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Gameface said:
3 "DRIVEN" Audi's this week...
It’s almost as if Audi had a press event for some revised cars and invited journos to it ..........


Pooh

3,115 posts

195 months

Saturday 25th May
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So just another fast but ultimately rather dull Audi, it is probably great if you do most of your driving either stuck in traffic or on a motorway but it has no appeal to me.

av185

8,417 posts

69 months

Saturday 25th May
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RemyMartin81D said:
Still cheaper lol.
Report back in 12 months when the Audi has lost £22k v the Caymans £10k.




Brooking10

4,834 posts

83 months

Saturday 25th May
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Pooh said:
So just another fast but ultimately rather dull Audi, it is probably great if you do most of your driving either stuck in traffic or on a motorway but it has no appeal to me.
Funnily enough I suspect quite the opposite .

In traffic and on the motorway it might just as well have a Diesel engine .

I’ve just done a 2500 mile road trip right across Spain. Incredible roads, and hard driving, though a real variety of topography.

My guess is this car would have been a great tool for that particular job. I’d agree that it probably lacks the last few percentage points of fun versus some potential competitors but I suspect it would be very competent, comfortable and very rapid.

Probably more of a mini 911 Turbo as opposed to half of an R8.