Every Wednesday, for the past three years, I have been lucky enough to receive a new car to test drive and review. If you’ve seen my feed, you’ll notice my reviews run the gamut from cars, trucks and SUVs. Sometimes, when they come to take the test car away, I don’t want to give them back. The 2018 Audi TT RS, is just one of those cars. This seductive coupe is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine. It sprints from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Equipped with so many features to highlight, it officially makes this automotive journalist’s heart skip a beat…or two.
Inspired by the 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, the third-generation TT RS exterior is sexy, sleek, and menacing. Is definitely a show stopper, everywhere we went heads turned, you can hear “wow, that’s a beautiful car.” And it sure is, beginning with its distinctive hatchback body and honeycomb grille, front spoiler with the words quattro and its fixed wing rear spoiler makes a lasting impression.
Sit back and enjoy the ride
Behind the wheel is where the magic happens, push the red button in the steering wheel to awaken the 2.5 liter inline-five turbo charged engine which produces 400 horsepower and 354lb-ft of torque. Press on the accelerator and the TT RS sprints from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a delightful sound from its twin exhaust finishers. But the TT RS can be tamed in to a comfortable daily cruiser for in-city driving. Even though it’s a low car I didn’t have the same feeling as I did with its rival the Porsche Cayman where I felt every bump in the road and had to proceed carefully over the pesky road bumps. Not in the TT RS rides smooth as butter, and the steering is much softer versus the Porsche Cayman which emits a cranking sound every time you turn the steering, which I am told it’s what most car purist love. Not this car girl.
The rear seat is there as a mere suggestion. There is simply no room for adults or kids for that matter. Good luck getting in and out unless you are a yogi. When the back row is folded down, the coupes trunk space is 12 cubic feet good enough for a Costco run or a quick shopping spree.
The 2018 Audi TT RS Quattro is a hot and spicy sports coupe. Much like eating flaming hot Cheetos, you can’t just eat one. The spicy coupe is a mix of performance, stunning looks, all -wheel drive capabilities, and amazing technology. It can be spicy for the week day commute or a hot rod for a fun weekend drive. What the TT RS will never be is plain or boring.
Base price for the 2018 Audi TT RS Quattro is $64,900.00 as tested $79,625.00