Audi TT RS review | evo

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Audi TT RS

With 335bhp under this is the fastest version of TT to date.

Text: Ollie / Photos: Chris Rutter

2009

The weight of expectation down heavily on the Audi TT RS. It even account for the 10mm drop. The problem for the TT RS is that as as those two pairs of letters placed next to each we knew what we wanted, we expected, what we hoped car would be: a light, agile, rival for the Porsche Cayman S. The re-incarnated.

Simples.

Audi it differently. Commercial considerations that the back seats had to and that there couldn’t be tinkering around with the the RS additions had to fit into an already-set TT So it’s no good being with what the TT RS isn’t; let’s find out what it is.

When this Sepang example arrives in the car park at Evo it’s the first chance of us have had to clap eyes on a TT RS, so we outside for a look. It’s a thing alright, but our new long-term 370Z also arrived morning and it is undeniably the more The general consensus is that the TT RS the part, without getting hopes up too much.

When the tyre-kicker heads back I slot myself into the ‘RS’ driver’s seat. good seat it looks firmly padded and yet feels softly comfortable; snug and around the hips, too. metal and badges have applied liberally inside, but the the intelligent layout, the cosiness, the you’re sitting deep the bowels of the car are all present and correct.

One though, and it’s a significant the pedals feel like should be a fraction further the footwell, but otherwise I’m low and the steering wheel is right I want it.

But, as I fire up and manoeuvre out of the car it’s not behaving as I expect. way too twirly at parking speeds, to a flick of the wrists by spinning a Frisbee. Where’s the weight and

It may make the TT easy to manoeuvre, but I to have to make some and, besides, a bit of steering reinforces the fact you’re something special.

Things get almost straight away. The gruff from the first of the ignition key, is a constant, presence on our way to the Bruntingthorpe Proving Pressing the Sport button a flap in the left exhaust, the bassy note and creating, at low speeds, reverberations that are felt than heard.

It’s the sort of deep, sound more closely with a cross-channel ferry, without the accompanying seagulls.

As build, so the noise develops, and possible to detect snatches of in the 335bhp five-cylinder turbo’s howl. But no road-going Quattro, not the short wheelbase Sport, was this fast. The turbo is from 1600rpm, delivering the of acceleration that means you need to change down sixth on the motorway.

But it’s up 5000rpm that it really the pistons into a frenzy of encouraging you to hold on for every one of the 7000 revs. This is a of an engine, grunty low down, up top and musical everywhere. It’s to live with and oh-so too.

It’s not often we say about a turbocharged engine, but is one of the very best.

We bag the numbers at Brunters and, a tight gearshift that grinds the synchromesh on the way into they’re all pretty small: in 4.4sec, 100mph in 11.1, to zero at 15.9sec. One much number is the RS’s weight; it our scales at 1494kg 144kg up on Porsche claims for the Cayman S but of concern is the fact that 60 per sits squarely on the front giving you a pivot point not at hips, but around your So another understeery Audi? so.

This shouldn’t be the case Audi claims the TT RS has the same system as the new, pleasingly S4. But get back on the power mid-corner and it feel as active as the saloon, you sense the power transfer or the start to work.

This is in evidence on track at the Bedford later, but it doesn’t prevent the RS in a scintillating 1:27.1 West lap time over half a quicker than a supercharged Elise. The Audi may understeer, but it with sympathy and the traction, power delivery, chassis and sheer grip make it effective.

Transfer this to the road and you awesome (read Evo-rivalling) pace. Blimey, does thing get a move on. And it comes as so safe, so tremendously secure, dizzying speeds so obtainable. It this in spite of the fact it drives as though lead have been attached at points.

The steering gains at speed, but not feedback; the suspension, sprung and damped though it is, glide over surfaces a Cayman’s, but tackles them on. That’s not to say the ride is poor all is kept nicely in check and a meaty precision to the way it drives. reassuring too, faithfully your bidding come may, no matter what the

But of delicacy, flow and tactility not enough evidence.

Nevertheless, the you drive it, the more you come to its way of thinking. After 1000 I’m convinced. Well, that it’s a truly daily driver, convinced by the muscularity and economy and convinced existing TT owners will it’s the mutt’s nuts.

But is enough for an Audi RS? Surely I’ve just described is the job of a TT S? An RS should be on a different level, a clearer line of communication, the to attract purists and not rely on the rather than the chassis, to a smile and reward the driver. it seems the TT RS was an engineering challenge too far for

It’s a good Audi, but not a drivers’ car.

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