After five years of hiatus, the high-performance Audi TT RS is back and ready to challenge its strong competitors. The TT regular has long been a favorite of many automotive enthusiasts, so with a 400-horsepower five-cylinder engine and sharper handling dynamics, the RS is expected to raise the bar in this inspiring and exciting class. Beside to athleticism, we also anticipate a number comfort, refinement and easy-to-use technology. The 2018 Audi TT RS may be a car that is hard to beat.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Audi TT RS is a four-seat high-performance variant of the standard TT coupe. Its available in single well-equipped trim levels.
Standard equipment for the TT RS includes keyless entry and ignition, summer performance tires, 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, a rear spoiler, heated and power-folding auto-dimming mirrors.
On the inside, you’ll get selectable drive modes, a virtual instrument panel, automatic climate control, heated and power-adjustable front sport seats, leather upholstery, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker sound system with a USB input, satellite and HD radio.
The 2018 Audi TT RS has four optional packages. The Technology package adds blind-spot monitoring, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. The Dynamic Plus package adds upgraded taillights, a carbon-fiber engine cover, traditional fixed-rate sport suspension dampers, front carbon-ceramic brakes, a real-time tire pressure monitor and a top-speed increase to 174 mph. The Black Optic package adds 20-inch wheels and glosses black accents. The Design Selection Interior package adds red air vents and seat belts, floor mats and more leather trim.
Other options include red brake calipers, a different rear spoiler, a sport exhaust and carbon-fiber interior trim.
Powering the 2018 Audi TT RS is a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, peak power is available between 5,850 and 7,000 rpm while peak torque is on offer between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission equipped with a launch-control mode send that power to all four wheels via the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Audi claims that the 2018 TT RS, which weighs just 3,175 pounds will hit 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. A top speed of 155 mph, which can be increased to 174 mph with the optional Dynamics Plus package.
EPA estimated fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg in combined driving (19 city/29 highway). These are respectable figures considering the car’s focus on performance.
Like other Audi models, the 2018 TT RS interior design is very elegant and modern. The materials are top class, and they all have a premium look and feel. This cabin makes you feel special in a way that only a few cars can do. The back seat is small and suitable for children only.
While the 2018 Audi TT RS power is the main key draw to this car, there’s also plenty of tech features. In particular, the virtual instrument panel is very easy to read in all lighting conditions and can be tailored to your tastes.
The trunk can accommodate up to 12 cubic feet, which is adequate for a sporty coupe. Folding the rear seats will give you more space. Interior storage is limited to just a few small bins and pockets.
Release date and price
The 2018 Audi TTS is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide with price starting at $65,875 (which includes the $975 destination charge). Key competitors include the BMW M2 coupe, Porsche 718 Cayman and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.