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2020 Audi TT RS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 29, 2019


Raw power and rough edges are two terms which define the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe. Although the Audi TT RS accelerates like a freaking M16, other cars in this sports coupe segment, such as the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sportand the Porsche 718 Cayman S are much more communicative with the driver and brings sharper handling.

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Pros

Turbocharged 5 cylinder engine

All wheel drive and best in class suspension makes it an amazing car to drive

Modern and upgraded interiors

Cons

Not so practical rear seats

Less space in the cabin to keep your nicks and nacks

What's New?

New RS Cabin design package

Wireless phone charging as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$66900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

250 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

151 cu.in.

horsepower

394 hp @ 5850 rpm

torque

354 lbs.-ft @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.6/60.8

dimensions

wheelbase

98.6 in.

length

165 in.

width

72.1 in.

height

52.9 in.

curb weight

3296 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

3.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

highway range

406 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 Audi TT RS in Black Metallic color  2020 Audi TT RS in Blue Metallic color  2020 Audi TT RS in Daytona Gray Matte Effect color  2020 Audi TT RS in Glacier White color
Black Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi TT RS Base

Base

power
394 hp @ 5850 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$66,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $66,900 MSRP (20/23/28) 394 hp @ 5850 rpm, 2.5 L, I-5, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

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Still, the TT RS comes fitted with a powerful turbocharged five-cylinder engine coupled with a lightning-fast automatic transmission, and Quattro all-wheel-drive which makes an amazing portfolio for the RS coupe. Because of its hatch styling, the TT RS also provides a good cargo space which can also be extended by pushing down the rear seats.

2020 Audi TT RS Features

Agree or not, you have got your eyes on this little monster. The 2020 Audi TT RS coupe is a tad bit costlier than the 2018 version, $2020 to be precise. Under the roof of a 4 ringed shiny auto store you can find the shiny beast in newer colours. Did we mention, it's now available in ‘Kyalami green’ colour, yes the one that looks like the automobile is racing against the storm while its standing still. 

Priced a bit over $65k, the Audi TT RS Coupe is available in only one trim. 

Trim

2.5T 2dr All-wheel Drive quattro Coupe

Price

$65,875 

Key Features

Traction control

 

Side-impact bars

 

Chrome tip exhaust

 

Auto-dimming door mirrors

 

Rear 50-50 bench seat

We recommend

When it's the TT, you actually don’t need to choose one. Even Audi is aware of this and maybe that’s why the 2020 TT RS is only available in single trim level. Although, we recommend you to get the ‘Technology Package’ installed which adds Audi CONNECT, smartphone interface and Audi side assist to the portfolio. This package will cost you an additional $3500 on the deal.

2020 Audi TT RS Engine and Performance

Push down the throttle and TTRS coupe fly off at jet speeds. Powered under the hood by a 2.5-liter inter-cooled turbo premium unleaded Inline-5, the TT RS Coupe produces 394 hp of horsepower at 5850rpm. Torque produced by RS coupe is 354 lb./ft. at 1700 rpm. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission complements the system for greater performance both on the road and tracks.

When coupled to its standard adaptive dampers, the TT RS feels sticky to the road, even when that road swirl around through the windshield. Due to its fantastic grip on the road, RS coupe’s drive performance is enhanced by many folds giving a comfortable ride. Although, when compared with other contenders on the start line such as the Corvette and Cayman, the Audi TT RS coupe feels partial in terms of performance.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020- Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette GT Targa Sports coupe

MSRP

$66,900

$70,550

$66,995

Engine

2.5-Litre Turbocharged Inline-5

2.5-Litre Turbocharged H-4

6.2-Litre V8 engine

Transmission

7-speed automatic 

6-speed manual 

7-speed manual 

Horsepower

394 hp 

350 hp

460 hp

Torque

354 lb./ft.

309 lb./ft.

465 lb./ft.

Audi offers a dynamic plus package for the RS coupe which dramatically enhances the performance making its suspension rock solid and ready for the racetrack. If you are not much into burning rubber and want to take this little german out for a stroll, stay away from the package.

Acceleration

The 2020 Audi TT RS coupe accelerates from standstill to 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds while it's quarter-mile range stands at 11.9 seconds while cruising at 117 miles per hour. 

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette GT Targa Sports coupe

0-60 MPH

3.6 sec

5.2 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec  

12.9 sec 

12.1 sec 

Engine

2.5-Liter Turbocharged Inline-5

2.5-Liter Turbocharged Horizontal-4

6.2-Liter V8 engine

Emission (g/km of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

209

249

N/A

Ride and Handling

When installed with its adaptive dampers which come as standard in the RS coupe, it feels very stable. It glides on the road with much grip and feels planted on corners. The capability to zip around corners makes this a little Shaolin ninja in its own temple. 

Although, when ganged up with its rivals on the road, the Audi TT RS coupe feels bit underperformed in terms of handling and stability. Audi provides a dynamic plus package on the TT RS which adds performance to the car. But, if you don’t plan to test the vehicle on a racetrack, we recommend staying away from this package. 

Braking

If it can run like a jet it should stop too and adhere to Newton’s laws. The 2020 Audi TT RS coupe has a braking distance of about 154 ft. Riding low on the track, the rear spoiler helps a lot in adding the downforce at the right intervals. 

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Brake Front (in.)

14.6

13

14.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

11.8

14.4

Curb Weight

3306

2988

3428

60-0 mph 

154

142

137

2020 Audi TT RS Fuel Economy

Performance and power delivery is what Audi built this machine for. The 5 cylinder turbo heart pumping power through the veins is not fuel hungry. The 2020 Audi TT RS coupe can wave ‘ta-ta’ to fellow motorists for 19 miles in one gallon of gasoline in the city while it can clock up to 29 miles per gallon on the highway. TT RS has a combined fuel economy of 22 miles per gram. 

Model

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

MPG (City)

19

20

16

MPG (Combined)

22

22

19

MPG (Highway)

29

26

25

2020 Audi TT RS Interior

The TT RS may not be what Dylan was thinking when writing ‘Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven’s doors’ but stick your palm through the body coloured door handles and Audi describes its German presence. Neat architecture all through the kingdom, this little race machine feels posh and cultured all through the upholstery to the 3 spoke steering wheel. Leather seats with diamond stitching comes as standard in the 2020 Audi TT RS coupe coupled with eye-catching, well-integrated aluminum trim throughout the cockpit. Audi may also have missed a few turns while preparing the interiors of the car. Common features in a costly machine like this such as ventilated seats, power adjusted steering wheel and memory function for front seats are missing. The rear seats of the Audi TT RS are as useless as a zebra crossing on a race track although you can definitely use them to take your pet out for a drive or through in a bag or two.

Seating and Comfort

Like many other sports monsters, Audi also provide seating for 4 people in the TT RS coupe. Although, the rear seats are not so comfortable for the occupants. Its plush interiors when coupled with good enough head room and leg room makes it a comfortable car for the driver as well as for the co-driver. 

Model

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Passenger capacity

4

2

2

Front (in.) Head room

37.1

N/A

37.9

Front (in.) Shoulder room

53.6

N/A

55.2

Front (in.) Leg room

41.1

N/A

43

Rear (in.) Head room

33.8

N/A

N/A

Rear (in.) Shoulder room

47.9

N/A

N/A

Rear (in.) Leg room

28.9

N/A

N/A

Interior Features

  • Seatback storage pockets
  • Passenger power folding mirror
  • 2 USB ports
  • Power cargo access remote release
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Integrated key/remote
  • Sport steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Air filter
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Trunk/hatch/door FOB controls
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Full floor console
  • Driver and passenger door bins
  • Navigation system with voice activation
  • Front cupholder
  • Driver's footrest
  • Auto-locking doors
  • 12V DC power outlet
  • Power windows
  • Proximity key
  • Cruise control
  • Driver power folding mirror
  • Illuminated glove box
  • Nappa leather front and rear seat upholstery
  • 10-way driver and passenger seat adjustments
  • Driver seatback side bolster support
  • Rear seat fold-forward seatback
  • Carpet front and rear floor mats
  • Driver and passenger heated-cushions
  • Passenger cushion tilt
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Rear 50-50 bench seat
  • Carbon fiber door panel insert, console insert
  • Passenger lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Leather/aluminum console insert
  • Front sport seats
  • Full cloth headliner
  • Concealed cargo storage
  • Plastic trunk lid/rear cargo door

Infotainment

With not much space available on the canvas, Audi has done a great job in building the infotainment system for the TT RS coupe. Audi has built the screen within the gauge in front of the driver. This arrangement provides great comfort and ease of use. The 2020 Audi TT RS coupe comes fitted with optional navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 12.3-inch display beautifully incorporated behind the steering wheel serves the purpose for multi-display which can be controlled via steering mounted controls or voice control. 

Cargo Capacity

Fold the back row and you will have a large enough space to fit over 10 bags with ease, that’s how efficient Audi built its cargo space in the 2020 Audi TT RS coupe. Rear seats on this sports mobile is not so practical for a human to fit in but it definitely serves as a great extension to the rear cargo space of 13 cubic feet. The cargo area of the RS coupe is relatively large is size but not very tall, and the liftback rear opening is long enough but narrow.

Model

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

N/A

N/A

15

2020 Audi TT RS Exterior

Audi has focussed a lot on its design and curves. When admired from the front, the Audi TT RS coupe outshines its competitors with its sleek and dynamic stance. A rear spoiler adds the x-factor in its entire portfolio making the TT RS one of the most low standing and aggressive looking sports coupe in the segment.

Dark front grill introduces the coupe with the RS badge on it while its eye sparkle with LED daytime running lamps and air intakes. Smooth character line passing through the front fenders continue all the way up to the rear bumper while diamond cut alloys adds another feather to its portfolio. Prominent brembo disc brakes adds the sporty attire to the TT RS while its rear tail lamps feels like gliding red fireflies on a state highway.

Dimension and Weight

The RS weighs about 3306 lbs which is significantly more than the Porsche 718 cayman S but stands almost equal to the Corvette. An added spoiler on the rear gives the TT RS the much needed down force on high speeds which is crucial for a car on this strength. 

Model

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Curb weight (lbs.)

3306

2988

3428

Length(in)

165

172.4

177.9

Width(in)

72.1

70.9

77.4

Height(in)

52.9

51

48.6

Ground clearance (mm)

N/A

4.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

98.6

97.4

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

61.6/60.8

59.6/60.6

63.5/62.5

Exterior Features

  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers with metal-look rub strip
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Front license plate bracket
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Spoiler
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Black Grille
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Metallic paint
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Auto dimming power remote heated power folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
  • Black rear bumper insert
  • Rear cargo
  • Black front bumper insert

2020 Audi TT RS Safety

No agency in the United States of America has tested the capabilities of the 2020 Audi TT coupe. There's not much tech for drivers to offer in terms of safety from brand Audi. This car is built not for senseless driving but for calculated yet raw power delivery. Safety features on the 2020 Audi TT RS coupe include:

  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Locking fuel flap included with power door locks
  • Curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbag
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front passenger airbag occupancy sensor
  • Knee airbag
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Panic alarm
  • Immobilizer
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Daytime running lights
  • Perimeter/approach lights

2020 Audi TT RS Competition

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S

Both Audi TT RS and Porsche 718 Cayman S are both badge holders of the sports coupes in the USA. When compared, Cayman is about $4000 costlier then the TT RS while its bit underpowered to its comparison. The exhaust note on the TT RS is definitely designed to seduce your senses while an external package adds this feature in the Cayman S. 

If you are looking for a sports coupe which feels exciting and adaptive to the road shows, TT RS should be your choice. While, if Porsche’s brand tag and a comfortable cruiser for both track as well as for the city roads, g for the 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Corvette is another badge holder in the sports coupe segment with amazing power and performance under its name. When compared with the 2020 Audi TT RS coupe, the Corvette comes for exactly the same amount of dollars as the RS coupe. While, in terms of power, Corvette bypasses all the roads and tops the race with amazing power figures churned out of its massive engine. Although, it's much more power packed and feels enthusiastic, its ride and performance on the road lacks manners and decorum. THe interiors of the Corvette feels a bit outdated for a car of this range while the TT RS is generously designed both in terms of features and aesthetics.

2020 Audi TT RS Final Verdict

If you are the one looking for a sports coupe with mind-boggling performance specs for a $65000 price tag, the 2020 Audi TT RS coupe proves to be an amazing contender. It rides well, has amazing interiors and even has a spoiler, a rear SPOILER!

How much does it cost to own an Audi TT RS?

For an average first year, it costs around $27,000 to own an Audi TT RS which includes the premium costs, fuel cost, and other necessary taxes. So, if you are thinking to get yourself an Audi TT RS for your next birthday then keep these expenses in mind and then go ahead with your purchase.

How reliable is the Audi TT RS?

Audi TT RS is the top of the range performance model of the TT performance coupe. Build quality of TT RS is top-notch in every aspect keeping safety and performance in mind. The 390 hp engine is very robust and the gearbox is capable of handling more power and torque with ease, thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system. 

How is the after-sales service of Audi?

Audi is a well known and established brand in the country with around a thousand dealers across the country. Every service center is well equipped with all the necessary equipment to tackle any of the problems arising out in any condition. In recent years Audi has evolved around their build quality which makes it one of the best sellers in the segment.