You’d forgotten about this one, hadn’t you? Nicely, un-forget it – the TT RS is quietly top-of-the-line quick Audis of the previous decade.
It’s all the way down to the engine, however earlier than we go all gooey concerning the five-cylinder motor and begin utilizing works like ‘warble’ and ‘Group B rally pedigree’, let’s maintain hearth. Different Audis – just like the RSQ3, RS3 and the previous TT RS, have additionally used a sonorous 2.5-litre turbo engine, however past uncooked tempo and a cracking soundtrack, been extra one-dimensional than a Disney villain.
For the TT RS, Audi went to city on its anachronistic five-pot motor. It needed to, or the notoriously petrol-o-holic would by no means have been signed off by the emissions testing folks. With a brand new block forged in aluminium somewhat than metal, and lighter internals, Audi lopped some 25kg off the TT’s nose-heaviness. In the meantime, the throttle response felt prefer it’s had Pink Bull injected into its eyeballs. And there was the upshot of a dollop extra poke, to virtually four-hundred horsepower.
Because of this, this blisteringly fast designer-label shoe not dealt with like a Christmas purchasing trolley with all of the wine and gin piled into the entrance. It cornered with some obedience, as a substitute of understeering just like the tyres have been made from wooden. Okay, the quattro drive nonetheless lacks the adjustability of what AMG and Ford can handle, however cross-country, the TT RS was faster than a supercar. And appeared like one.
It’s off-sale now, as Audi sweats methods to get the facelifted TT by means of the strict new WLTP effectivity exams. If the TT can survive CO2 boot camp, it’ll be a welcome late arrival on the Supra’s sports activities automotive occasion…
Engine: 2.5-litre 5cyl, turbocharged
Transmission: 7spd DCT, AWD
Torque: 354lb ft
High pace: 155mph
Killer element: select between a 2+2(ish) seater coupe, a strict two-seater soft-top, and relaxation assured that as per standard for a quick VW Group automotive, the claimed 0-62mph time may be very pessimistic. We’ve seen this stuff go sub 3.5sec to 62mph.