Audi TT RS: All the fun at half the price – The Globe and Mail

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Try as I it’s tough to shed my roots and so the first thought comes to mind is the price tag of the Audi TT RS coupe: $67,600.

for the mightiest Audi TT ever. The people like to talk how the stunning TT RS is inspired by Audi’s 1980s Quattro, the road-going car that set Audi down the that defines the company Me, I start to nod off when the conversation to the hype and spin of “spiritual and all that.

The raw facts tell a tale. The five-cylinder turbocharged a 2.5-litre TFSI unit standard six-speed manual develops an astonishing 360 horsepower, is more than 1.5 times the 200 hp by the original Quattro, if anyone Honestly, there is no comparison.

The same holds true for all the of the mechanical bits. The 2012 TT RS has a sports suspension, quattro and huge brakes that deliver walloping, raucous, entertainment of a kind unheard of in the And today, you could spend as much or more on that and you would not have twice as fun.

The looks of this car are too. Up front, you’ll R8-style air intakes, the wheels are silver aluminum gems performance tires, and at the rear you chrome exhaust pipes. the rear wing spoiler a bit too aftermarket; you’d be better off the more discrete pop-up

The $1,500 Sport exhaust is worth the extra coin.

the sports seats are faced leather, but the backs are plastic, is one way Audi saves money. The themselves are excellent and supportive and adjustable. The simulated suede inserts look and feel than that sounds, and I the aluminum instrument panel leather/aluminum gear shift and all the aluminum accents all around.

just knows how to craft

The story here, though, is what happens when you the key. Up fires the engine and it snarly when you blip the and the engine barks through the exhausts. The 0-100 km/h is in the 4.5-second range, which the bite here is as good as the

What a flexible turbo plant. Peak power at about 1,600 rpm and everything ramping as the tach needle to the right. I enjoyed the ride.

Of course. This turbo with 360 hp isn’t quite the of a V-8 R8, but it’s not far away, either. And I the sound of the thing, a kind of warble, if that makes to you.

In any case, the sound is to the real-world performance.

The TT RS grips like few production cars, and almost none for less $100,000. This is a car designed to eat up tracks. Interestingly, unlike the R8, the TT quattro four-wheel-drive system rear-biased, so this Audi tamer than the performance suggest.

That sounds like with faint praise, but not. The TT RS is hugely capable and fun. Yet it’s easy to with on a daily basis, not say, the Porsche Cayman, of my favourite sports cars and a … rival.

The thing is, the TT RS with so very little roll that it’s short of astonishing. If you’re out stretching the car’s legs, the is the utter lack of drama, the competence that Audi’s engineers have managed to up. Even if you are flying over roads you will feel in safe and on target. Just and shoot.

I suppose Audi could the steering to deliver the truly feel of a Porsche Cayman, but TT RS is close.

Okay, now the dark If you’re just commuting, the TT RS can get noisy. The wheels seem to hum you’re not fully engaged in the

The exhaust drones and if we’re really honest, the engine On the freeway, in a straight line no real distractions, you might find yourself irritated. So go there.

Instead, take the TT RS to a road and go nuts.

Kudos to Audi for engineering a performance chassis, top to bottom. And applaud the inline-five-cylinder turbo. The TT RS is an lightweight and compact performance

Tech specs

2012 TT RS

Type: High-performance sports

Price: $67,600 (freight

Engine: 2.5-litre, five-cylinder,

Horsepower/torque: 360 hp/343 lb-ft

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