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2021 Audi TT RS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 17, 2020
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The Audi TT RS is powered with a 2.5ltr engine delivering 394 horsepower and is twinned with 7-speed automatic transmission proving to be very powerful in nature and perfect for tracks and also for normal roads.

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Pros

Powerful turbocharged 5 cylinder engine

Stuffed with lots of high tech features

Rich Interior with premium Nappa leather seats.

Terrific handling and dynamics

Cons

Poor headroom and shoulder room

Looks dated, especially in front of the likes of 718 Cayman and the Corvette

Lackluster interior storage spaces

What's New?

Sporty Nappa leather seats

Smartphone interface technology, MMI navigation, and Audi Connect as standard B&O Sound System



Styles

2021 Audi TT RS in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi TT RS Base

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$66,970


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl 7AM) Starting at $66,970 MSRP TBD TBD
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Expert Review


Audi the name is enough to attract buyers all over the globe, the brand has a huge fan following and comes out to be the best brand owned by Volkswagen. The German giant has taken a big leap by announcing the 2021 Audi TT RS, the 2020 version of this car was marvelous, and to hold the grip the upgraded version has been announced.

2021 Audi TT RS Features

Although the complete specs of the 2021 variants are not released yet, so we can have a look at the specs of the 2020 version.

The 2020 Audi TT RS is offered in just one trim.

Trim

TT RS Coupe

MSRP (AWD)

$66,970

Key Features

Daytime Running Lights

 

Stability and Traction Control

 

Emergency braking assist

 

Post-Collision Safety System

 

Hands- Free Entry

 

Remote Anti-Theft Alarm

 

B&O- 9 Speaker sound system

Which trim should you buy?

Well this seems to be useless as the car is offered only in one trim although the choice of packages existed for the 2020 version in the 2021 version most of the features have been standardized so there is no need of packages and I doubt

2021 Audi TT RS Engine and Performance

Let’s talk about the heart of the car yes!! About the engine, the Audi TT RS has a 2.5ltr turbo engine which produces 394hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The engine is twinned with a 6-speed automatic transmission enabling it to clock at 155mph. The TT RS does not have an option of a manual transmission.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

MSRP

$67,600

$63,700

$70,850

$69,900

Engine

2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder

3.0-liter inline 6 cylinder

6.2-liter V8

2.5-litr turbocharged flat-four

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed automated manual

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automated manual

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

394 @ 5850

382 @ 5500

490 @ 6450

350 @ 6500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

354 @ 1700

368@ 1850

465 @ 5150

309 @ 1900

The TT RS well competes among its rivals and the engine in the car is powerful and efficient, the stats also the same. Which sums up that the engine is well suited for the car and is capable of delivering a huge amount of power and torque to the car.

How fast is the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe?

Well, the car competes under sports coupes so it has to be fast enough!! The TT RS has a top speed of 155mph with its 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds that’s quick.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.6

3.8

2.8

4.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.9

12.4

11.3

12.3

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

155

184

164

Engine

2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder

3.0-liter inline 6 cylinder

6.2-liter V8

2.5-litr turbocharged flat-four

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

4.1

4.1

4.7

4.2

The above figure makes the TT RS performance exceptional, although it lacks when it comes to top speed on an overall basis the TT RS stands tough to its competitors.

Ride and Handling

While driving Audi you always get the driving pleasure and the ride quality is just awesome, TT RS is nothing new it gives an exceptional ride quality where the person just feels to drive more and more. 

This is because Audi has always kept ride quality on top priority, over the years the ride quality of TT RS gets better and better all thanks to its steering feedback which is user friendly and very accurate making the car handling easy and improving the ride.

Braking Performance

For a sports car, the braking system should be highly efficient as the speed at which cars run are above normal so the breaks should be of good quality as well as reliable.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.6

14.5

14.6

13.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.2

12.2

14.4

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

3296

3457

3535

3087

60-0 (feet)

154

148

137

142

The braking system of TT RS is good on an overall basis but it lacks when it comes to braking distance, all its competitors have a good figure. The reliability of the brakes is good but it needs more improvisation to reduce the braking distance.

2021 Audi TT RS Fuel Economy

When it comes to a sports car the fuel economy is always less than the sedans, hatchbacks, and others but they are above average and are justified by the performance of the car. The Audi TT RS is an economical car with a combined mileage of 23mpg which is good for a sports car.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

MPG (City)

19

24

15

16

MPG (Highway)

29

31

27

26

MPG (Combined)

23

26

19

19

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

13.7

18.5

16.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

275.5/420.5/333.5

328.8/424.7/356.2

277.5/499.5/351.5

270.4/439.4/321.1

With the stats above it's clear that TT RS is an economical car and competes well with its rivals although the range of the car gets hampered due to low fuel tank capacity.

2021 Audi TT RS Interior

When it comes to the interior the German companies never fail to impress you, The TT RS will surely make you feel a good place to be in with all the comfort and premium quality materials used it makes your each and every pennyworth. 

In the 2021 Audi TT RS the seats are covered with napa leather which further adds to its richness, the only problem with the interior of TT RS is its rear seats which seem to be less practical as the room given is very less.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Seating Capacity

4

2

2

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/53.6/41.1

38.9/54.3/42.2

37.9/54.4/42.8

37.2/53.2/42.0

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

33.8/47.1/28.9

N/A

N/A

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

12.0

9.9

12.6

14.9

The figures are more than enough to tell that TT RS is a spacious car and comfort is not compromised but with the figures, we can easily find out that the rear seats are less practical. However, its rivals don’t have the rear seats which prove to be an advantage for TT RS as it increases the seating capacity to four unlike its rivals having a seating capacity of two.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The TT RS is fully loaded with features comprising your entertainment needs, TT RS has a 12.3-inch cockpit display with a 9 speaker B&O sound system always ready to rock with the speed of a car. The infotainment system also comprises Smartphone connectivity like Android Auto and Apple Carplay and MMI navigation.

These all features are standardized for the 2021 version which turns out to be a very fruitful decision of Audi for its buyers.

2021 Audi TT RS Exterior

The looks of TT RS are simply stunning and eye-catching although, looks are personal subjects and everyone has their own opinions. The TT RS has a curvy design and the front end looks marvelous with the four-ring logo on the hood, the design of the car has cuts at the right places which makes the car more appealing and attracts buyers easily.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Curb Weight (lbs)

3296

3457

3535

3087

Length (inches)

165.0

170.7

182.3

172.4

Width (inches)

72.1

73.4

76.1

70.9

Height (inches)

52.9

51.3

48.6

51.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

5.1

5.3

4.5

Wheelbase (inches)

98.6

97.2

107.2

97.4

The measurements of the car depict that Audi TT RS is a compact sports coupe with its length under 170 inches; TT RS has the largest wheelbase amongst its rivals and decent ground clearance.

2021 Audi TT RS Safety

No American agency has tested the safety of Audi TT RS although Audi always delivers a safe car loaded with safety features for the safety of the occupants. The TT RS is a sports car so it is not for some mindless and reckless driving; it has to be driven with full responsibility.

Some of the notable safety features include the following: 

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Occupant Sensing Airbags
  • Panic Alarm
  • Driver-assist program
  • Four-wheel ABS

2021 Audi TT RS Competition

The Audi TT RS competes with BMW Z4, Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 718 Cayman, with the limited information on the 2021 models it becomes difficult to compare the cars so we will go with 2020 versions while comparing these cars

Audi TT RS V/S BMW Z4

Both German giants compete with each other very well but there are some differences which help to choose the right one as per the needs. The greatest advantage which TT RS has over Z4 is the seating capacity as it accommodates two more people than Z4 and the interior of TT RS is better than the Z4 and with new napa seats, TT RS will have a total advantage over Z4 in terms of interior.

The Z4's engine proves to be more economical than the TT RS giving the same performance as the TT RS does. The TT RS has more standardized features than Z4 so going for Audi TT RS is a better option.

Audi TT RS V/S Chevrolet Corvette

When these two are compared it is easy to choose as corvette has a V8 engine that has high performance unlike the inline 4 in TT RS. But when it comes to Reliability Corvette does not stand in front of TT RS and moreover the interior of Corvette lacks the rich taste which Audi has given in TT RS. So if performance is the factor for you then go for Corvette but if reliability is chosen then TT RS is the car for which you should pay.

Audi TT RS V/S Porsche 718 Cayman

This is a very tough choice as both have very good racing capabilities and performance the only difference between these two cars is of mileage and looks wherein looks again are personal so we are just left with the mileage section in which TT RS stands ahead of Porsche 718 Cayman but just for the mileage sake we can’t ignore a good performance car so it just left on the looks so, whichever feels more attractive just go for it.

2021 Audi TT RS Final Verdict

The answer is simple and short YES!!! Because this car is worth every penny you spend it is an all-rounder, It gives you performance and reliability both which is rare, it delivers good ride quality with loads and loads of features for the buyer.

All above this the 2021 version is the last of the lot which makes it special for the buyers and also for the company and which is why the 2021 version is having all the high-end features included at a really fair price so it’s a must buy a car of 2021 if you are looking in this segment in this price. So just hop in the TT RS and enjoy a beautiful ride.