This is the new Audi TT RS. It ain’t subtle, is it? But it has the mouth to back up its trousers.
Under the bonnet is an all-new five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSi engine churning out 395bhp and 354lb/ft of torque. In a car this small, that’s A Lot. And it’s coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and quattro four-wheel-drive, so it’s very fast by any standard.
The TT RS Coupe dispatches the 0-62mph sprint in a scant 3.7secs – the Roadster is 0.2secs slower – which is considerably quicker than either of its main rivals, the Porsche 718 Cayman S and BMW M2. It’ll sound better, too, the five-pot motor woofling and warbling like the old Audi quattro Group B rally car. Top speed is limited to 155mph, though that can be raised to 174mph.
The new engine is made from aluminium rather than the steel of the previous version. That contributes a big chunk of the weight saving over the old TT RS; the Coupe tips the scales at 1440kg, while the Roadster is 1530kg.
Audi describes the styling as “stocky but streamlined.” ‘Loud’ was our first thought, what with the massive intakes, fixed rear wing and 19in wheels. Fancy, shadow-free OLED rear lights are available, too.
The chassis has been ugraded to cope, with a 10mm suspension drop, recalibrated springs and dampers, sharper steering, huge brakes and torque vectoring. Adaptive ‘magnetic ride’ suspension and carbon ceramic stoppers are available as options.
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By Only Motors