Reviews For Drivers Only: 2018 Audi TT RS

17:57  07 march  2018
17:57  07 march  2018 Source:   wheels.ca

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The Audi TT RS employs permanent quattro® all-wheel drive with no set torque distribution. The all-wheel drive system adjusts and fine-tunes to Standard on the 2018 Audi TT RS , MMI® touch with handwriting-recognition technology allows the driver to “write” their entry rather than selecting letters

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There are vehicles you approach slowly, like a hunter stalking dangerous prey.


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Or maybe it’s more a gesture of respect, of taking lingering pleasure in the details with anticipation of the raised level of performance potential.

This was the 2018 Audi TT RS, after all, the fastest TT ever, the ultimate expression of one of Audi’s sports car icons.

Granted, a design cynic might snort that the TT, pretty well all Porsches and, in fact, most sports cars of Teutonic ilk look much the same, reminiscent of squashed VW Beetles that something big sat upon.

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The 2018 Audi TT RS is a four-seat high-performance variant of the standard TT coupe. Audi estimates the RS will reach 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds, which is almost 2 seconds quicker than the TT . Handling and braking should also be improved.

The Audi virtual cockpit is standard on the 2018 Audi TT RS , giving the driver the ability to customize information like navigation and audio. The available Bang & Olufsen® Sound System in the Audi TT RS is a natural blend of state-of-the-art automotive technology and superior audio innovation.

It’s an image not helped in this case by a Nardo Grey paint job, a monotone shade with all the ambiance of a set of high school lockers.

Bah, there are only minor stumbling blocks in the way of my admiration for the TT’s sporty style.

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The lines somehow are edgier than the original and there’s an overall sum total of combined design elements – the curvaceous clamshell hood above oversized air intakes bracketing a single-frame honeycombed grille with quattro logo, the low front spoiler, the sleek LED lights, the aggressive stance dropped 10 mm lower than a regular TT.

I slip into the snug cabin confines, my diamond-stitched Nappa leather RS seat powered all the way back, practically butting up against the minuscule second row which, as in all 2+2 coupes, is both a hilarious joke and a claustrophobe’s nightmare.

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The new Audi TT RS has been unleashed. The unique 5-cylinder engine pushes out an astonishing 400 HP ensuring this Audi does more than just Extraordinarily exclusive. With only 999 vehicles available worldwide, and an extremely limited number in Canada, the Audi R 8 V10 Coupé RWS is

The 2018 Audi TT RS blends iconic lines with modern design. From S sport seats to a fixed rear wing On its mark. The 2018 Audi TT RS is revamped and reinvigorated. The iconic lines are there The bold performance of the Audi TT RS is embodied in the refined interior and driver -centric cockpit.

It’s more of a parcel shelf than a back seat, really.

But who cares about back seats in sports cars anyway? The show is up front with a driver-centric cockpit, almost Spartan in its simplicity.

There’s nary a thing to be seen from the passenger’s point of view except for a few scant buttons and HVAC controls cunningly built into vents that are rimmed in red, the accent colour for this dark, leather wrapped cabin, also showing up in red stitching on the seats, shifter boot and steering wheel.

All of the instrumentation readouts – speed, tach, even navigation – are bundled within the 12.3-inch digital virtual cockpit readout facing the driver.

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A special RS screen displays performance info – boost, horsepower, torque, g-forces and more. A shifting background colour prompts upshifts when in manual mode. And there’s a long list of mod cons, apps and all the amenities you’d expect in a premium performance sled.

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Audi virtual cockpit. Heated, front TT RS Fine Nappa leather S sport seats with diamond stitching. quattro® all-wheel drive . Audi magnetic ride, RS tuned. RS model-specific front fascia, rear bumper and diffuser. Audi virtual cockpit.

Rise and drive . The TT RS is built for demanding drivers who appreciate challenging roads. Floor the throttle and feel this 400 HP coupé explode from 0 to The TT RS was designed to be the driver ’ s car. From the Audi virtual cockpit to the stunning design elements, it balances the very best of the racing

I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet, my excuse for briefly fumbling around the dash and steering column for a start button when, hey presto, it was right in front of me all the time.

Start buttons are cool.

A red start button on the steering wheel is way cooler. Stab it and the beast awakes with a snarling rumble.

The TT RS harnesses a 2.5-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI) DOHC engine with turbocharger and intercooler. The unique five-cylinder layout pays tribute to Audi engines of the past that dominated rallying, IMSA and Pike’s Peak trials.

This latest aluminum version (26 kg lighter than its predecessor), comes with a rating of 400 hp and with 354 lb/ft of torque coming on strong from 1,700-5,850 rpm. That works out to 60 hp more than its predecessor for a 17 percent increase in power, resulting in a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.7 seconds and a potential top speed of 280 km/h.

Engine muscle is translated through a seven-speed S tronic DCT automatic transmission putting power to the pavement through all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.

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We drive the 2018 Audi TT RS on the track and the roads around Madrid, Spain. It' s a new engine developed for Audi ' s smaller performance cars, though the TT RS is the only one confirmed for the United States.

The 2018 TT RS features a 2.5 liter TFSI® five-cylinder engine that produces 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, taking you from 0-60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. The Audi TT RS employs permanent quattro® all-wheel drive with no set torque distribution. The all-wheel drive system adjusts and fine-tunes to

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Opposite the red start button on the right side of the steering wheel is a black Drive Select button on the left that controls four driving modes – Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual.

If you’re feeling frisky, select Dynamic, stab the sound control button on the console to open the exhaust flap, and the engine starts to sing with even more gusto.

With your foot to the floor, using launch control if you like, you’re off to the races, literally.

Or, if that’s all a little too boy-racer for you, choose to cruise smoothly with the engine note just a subtle background moan behind the music crooning from the premium Bang-Olufsen sound system.

A final aside on fuel economy, not an important consideration in a pricey performance car, but better in this latest-gen engine with a rating of 12.3/8.2L/100km (city/hwy).

I noticed on the readout, however, that previous drivers had averaged a vigorous 14.9L/100km (comb) while my numbers worked out to a paltry 10.3L/100km (comb).

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I blame snowy winter conditions and a whole lot of highway driving. Given a spring or summer test, I swear I could do much worse.

I can just picture pushing that Drive Select button into Dynamic mode, pointing the TT RS in the direction of track lapping, or maybe a windows-down winding mountain road.

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As the ultimate embodiment of the TT lineup, the RS adds even more performance swagger to the third-generation coupe’ s brazen face. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. 2018 Audi TT RS First Drive Review. Motor Trend 8/2/2017 Motor Trend Staff.

And punching that gas pedal.

I think I’d be gone for a long, long time.

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2018 Audi TT RS

BODY STYLE: Premium performance sports car.

DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, quattro all-wheel-drive.

ENGINE: 2.5-litre turbocharged DOHC five-cylinder (400 hp, 354 lb/ft) with S tronic seven-speed automatic.

CARGO VOLUME: 305 litres

FUEL ECONOMY: 12.3/8.2L/100km (city/hwy); As tested 10.3L/100km (comb)

PRICE: $72,900; As tested $85,700 incl Carbon Ceramic Brakes ($5,800), Sport Pkg ($1,750), Tech Pkg ($1,450), Carbon Fibre Inlays ($900), 20-inch Anthracite Wheels ($900), Sport Exhaust ($850), Black Optics ($750), Red Brake Calipers ($400). Freight ($2,095) not incl.

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