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2018 Audi TT RS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Audi has now introduced its hottest RS version of the TT Coupe to the American audience and yes, it's no less than a delight. Audi has thrown in all the possible performance upgrades to make the 2018 Audi TT RS one wicked sports coupe.

Starting at about $64,900, the Audi gets a 400 hp 2.5L TFSI Inline-5 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. And thanks to the Quattro All-Wheel Drive, the tiny TT can reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds ; bang into the supercar territory.

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Pros

Quattro All-Wheel drive provides incredible performance in inclement weather

Fast Acceleration (0-60 in 3.4 seconds)

Futuristic Virtual Cockpit

Cons

Unimpressive emergency braking

No Manual transmission option

What's New?

TT RS is the new addition to the Audi TT lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$64900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

204 cu. in.

horsepower

365 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

354 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.4/14.2

dimensions

wheelbase

124.4 in.

length

204.9 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

4630 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

113.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

ev range

275.5 mi.

highway range

525.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited



Styles

 2018 Audi TT RS in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2018 Audi TT RS in Mythos Black Metallic color  2018 Audi TT RS in Nardo Gray color  2018 Audi TT RS in Vegas Yellow color  2018 Audi TT RS in Glacier White Metallic color
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.8

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Audi TT RS Base quattro

Base quattro

power
400 hp @ 5850 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$64,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $64,900 MSRP (19/22/29) 400 hp @ 5850 rpm, 2.5 L, I5, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic all wheel drive 4

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

7.9

Overall Rating


The Audi is thus a well-packaged performance packed car that can also perform when winter hits and roads are covered in slippery white stuff. The rivals include BMW M2 coupe, Porsche 718 Cayman S, and the Jaguar F-type Coupe to name a few.


7.6/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

8.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 Audi TT RS Features

7.6/10

The 2018 Audi TT RS comes in just one trim and costs $64,900. The features on offer include an Automatic climate control, Virtual instrument panel, Leather upholstery, Heated, and power-adjustable front sports seats.

Trims Base
MSRP $64,900
Key Features Automatic climate control
  Virtual instrument panel
  Leather upholstery
  Heated and power-adjustable front sport seats
  Bluetooth
  Rearview camera
  Audi's MMI infotainment system and a nine-speaker sound system with satellite/HD radio and a USB input.

 

The other features include Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and Audi's MMI infotainment system and a nine-speaker sound system with satellite/HD radio and a USB input. All of these features just add to the finesse of the car and the 9-speaker sound system just makes the driving much more pleasant.

2018 Audi TT RS Engine

8.0/10

“Audi includes all the modern performance upgrades in its arsenal to make the TT RS one wicked sports coupe. The 2.5-liter turbo inline-five makes 400 hp and drives all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; using its launch control, we managed a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.4 seconds in our testing.” – Car and Driving

Engine and transmission

Beneath the hood of the Audi is a 2.5L TFSI, 5-cylinder engine which when mated with its 7-speed automatic transmission is enough to produce a power of 400 bhp and 354 lb-ft of torque which makes the car most powerful among its rivals.

Models Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
MSRP $64,900 $67,700 $68,850 $54,500
Engine 2.5 TFSI 5-Cylinder 2.5L Turbocharged Boxer 4-Cylinder 3.0L V6 Supercharged 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder
Transmission 7-speed automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Power 400 hp 350 hp 340 hp 365 hp
Torque 354 lb-ft 309 lb-ft 332 lb-ft 343 lb-ft

The BMW and the Jaguar F-type Coupe get a bigger engine, they both get a 3L engine but aren’t as powerful as Audi’s engine. The BMW is the 2nd powerful machine generating about 365hp of power and 343 lb.-ft of torque.

Acceleration

The Audi TT RS gets a 2.5L engine which is enough for the car to make it reach from 0-60mph in about 3.6 secs. This makes the Audi the fastest among the Rivals in its 0-60 time. The Audi also needs 13.6 secs in the quarter mile run which is not that best time considering its rivals.

Models Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
0-60 MPH 3.6 sec 4.4 sec 5.5 sec 4.3 sec
Quarter mile 13.6 sec 11.8 sec 12.9 sec 12.8 sec
Engine 2.5L 2.5L 3.0L 3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0 8.0 9.3 8.4

Even after getting the best performance from its rivals. The Car is still the cleanest among its rivals with emission figures around 8 tons/year of CO2. The Porsche 718 beats all other cars to a quarter mile with a time of 11.8 secs.

Braking

The Audi gets better brakes too with 14.6 In. discs in the front and 12.2 In. discs in the rear capable of stopping the TT RS from 60 mph in just 96 feet. The BMW even after getting larger discs manages to get a stopping distance of about 108ft.

Model Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Brake Front(in) 14.6 13.0 14.0 15.0
Brake Rear(in) 12.2 11.8 12.8 14.5
Curb Weight(lbs) 3306 2987 3455 3505
60-0 MPH (ft.) 96.0 99.8 112.0 108

2018 Audi TT RS Fuel Economy

7.7/10

If Fuel economy is also your concern, Audi has got your back. The Audi gets a decent number of 19 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. The combined MPG goes to about 22. Which is by far the best Economy considering its rivals. The car with the worst economy figures is the Jaguar F-type.

Model Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
MPG (City) 19 20 16 18
MPG (Highway) 29 26 24 26
MPG (Combined) 22 22 19 21

2018 Audi TT RS Interior

8.1/10

“Like most Audis, the TT RS' interior is ultra modern and elegantly simple. Materials are top-notch, and everything has a premium look and feel to it. This cabin simply makes you feel special in a way that few cars at any price can. The tiny rear seats are suitable for small children only.” - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Audi has a passenger capacity of 4. However, it’s not meant for carrying 4 passengers as there isn’t much space for people in the back and it's too cramped in the rear seat. The rear seat gets a Headroom of 33.8 In., A shoulder room of 47.9 In., and 28.9 In. of legroom. So it isn’t that great for people in the back.

Model Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Passenger capacity 4 2 2 4
Passenger Volume (ft cube) N/A 84.0 N/A 89.7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.1/53.6/41.1 38.3/51.5/41.6 36.8/56.5/42.8 40.1/54.4/41.5

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

33.8/47.9/28.9 N/A N/A 36.5/53.4/33

So, the Audi is not as comfortable as the BMW in terms of seating comfort as the BMW gets better space compared to the Audi. The Porsche and the Jaguar are 2-Seater cars and the Porsche gets better front row space compared to the Audi.

Cargo volume

The Audi TT isn’t the car to go for a touring, it’s just meant for the track and it does an excellent job doing that. But still, the Audi has got better Boot volume of about 12 ft. Cube, which when compared to its rivals isn’t really the best but still good enough. The Jaguar gets the best boot space of 14.4 ft. Cube.

Model Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Volume (ft cube) 12.0 9.7 14.4 13.8

 

2018 Audi TT RS Exterior

8.8/10

“The TT RS is by no means unattractive. It has pleasing proportions, smooth and clean lines, and an unmistakably Audi air about it."                - Car and driver

At around 3306 lbs, the Audi TT RS weighs about average among the rivals. Also, it’s not as long as its rivals with a length of 165 inches, the width of 72.1 inches, and height of 52.9 inches. The TT RS has a tiny footprint and can easily fit into tight parking spaces.

 

Model Audi TT RS Porsche 718 Cayman S Jaguar F-type Coupe BMW M2 Coupe
Curb weight(lbs) 3306 2987 3455 3505
Length(in) 165.0 172.4 176 176.2
Width(in) 72.1 70.9 74.2 73.0
Height(in) 52.9 51.0 51.6 55.5
Ground clearance(in) 4.3 4.3 4.0 4.8
Wheelbase(in) 98.6 97.4 103.6 106.0
Track width(in) F/R 61.6/60.8 59.6/60.3 62.9/64.9 62.2/63.0

 

 

2018 Audi TT RS Safety

The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and brake assist prevent the car from sliding and going sideways in case of any hard braking. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR) don’t let the car to lose traction.

The other Safety Features on offer include Anti-theft alarm system, Tire-pressure monitoring system, Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger and Lower anchors for child seats in rear seats.

  • Driver and front passenger advanced airbags, knee airbags and front head/thorax side airbags
  • Front passenger occupant detection for airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Lower anchors for child seats in rear seats
  • Electromechanical parking brake

 

2018 Audi TT RS Competition

Audi TT RS VS Porsche 718 Cayman S

The Porsche 718 Cayman S costs around $67,700 which is almost $3k costlier than the Audi TT. Despite that, the Cayman S produces less power, is less comfortable and cannot perform on icy roads. However, if you want ultimate driving experience, there are few cars at any price range that can offer as good experience behind the wheel as the 718 Cayman.

Audi TT RS VS Jaguar F-type

The Jaguar costs around 4k much more than the Audi TT, and while you won’t get better performance numbers for the extra price, the F-Type is more fun to drive down a curvy road. Also, the jaguar is as comfortable for two as the Audi TT RS. However, if you need a sports car for the snowy roads, the Audi TT RS is the only option at this price range.

Audi TT RS VS BMW M2 Coupe

The BMW M2 Coupe is the cheapest of the lot. It’s almost $10k cheaper than the Audi, gets a bigger 3.0-liter M Twin Power Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine. Also, it’s a 4-seater car as that of the Audi. Also, the M2 offers one of the purest driving experience you can get in a modern BMW. The Audi TT RS wins in terms of practicality with its comfy feature loaded interior and Quattro All-Wheel Drive.

2018 Audi TT RS Final Verdict

Starting at around $64,900, the Audi is a well-packaged performance coupe. It has got the best 0-60mph acceleration timing and even better fuel economy. Inside, it’s loaded with creature comfort and the Quattro All-Wheel Drive which makes it an all-weather performance car. However, if you need a purer driving experience, the competitors like the Porsche 718 and the Jaguar F-type are a better purchase despite having lower power output.