Reviews For Drivers Only: 2018 Audi TT RS

17:57  07 march  2018
17:57  07 march  2018 Source:

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2018 Audi TT RS . Five cylinders, four rings, three (point four) seconds. And while you’re unlikely to encounter a Cayman or a Corvette during the winter months wherever snow falls, the TT RS is only a set of winter tires away from being a formidable year-round daily driver .

It’s quicker than its predecessor, going from 0-60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. The stats are impressive, complementing the signature sound — and the View key feature info. Standard on the 2018 Audi TT RS , MMI® touch with handwriting-recognition technology allows the driver to “write” their entry rather

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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 , the ultimate TT from Audi ’s premium sports car lineup, in fact the fastest TT ever, seen here in a unique shade of Nardo Grey. Bah, there are only minor stumbling blocks in the way of my admiration for the TT ’s sporty style.

All-new for 2018 , the Audi TT RS drops some weight, gains more power, offers additional technology, and sees new design elements. Harking back to the German automaker’s successful motorsports history, the TT RS is the latest model to join the brand’s new Audi Sport lineup, which not only

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. Reader Captures The Audi Q8 In India Reader Captures The Audi Q8 In India It's the first RHD prototype of the Q8 we've seen.

Edmunds gets a First Drive of the new 2018 Audi TT RS . The only display for this vehicle is in the gauge cluster. It's a full digital display that is generally pretty easy to read, although there can be quite a lot of information in there.

With the exception of the all-new 2018 Audi TT RS and RS 3, however, this is a sound that’s growing rarer. It’s also easier to fall out of the RS 3’s manual seats, which don’t offer adjustable side bolstering (yet another reason why Le Mans legend Hans Stuck took us for hot laps only in the coupe).

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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Even so, there was only 225 horsepower to be had — even then, only in the higher-boost 1.8L variant — and Audi ’s trademark Quattro all-wheel drive was tailored to family sedan-like understeer. 2018 Audi TT RS .

Tailor your 2018 Audi TT RS with the colors, inlays and features that suit you best. Audi magnetic ride suspension. Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy in all crash circumstances.

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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Car Reviews Audi 2018 Audi TT RS Review. Reducing weight is only part of the equation, and Audi also revised the cylinder heads, added variable-valve timing on the exhaust, doubled down with port injection in addition to the direct injection and turned the boost up to 19.6 psi.

The 2018 Audi TT RS blends iconic lines with modern design. From S sport seats to a fixed rear wing spoiler, the racing DNA is on full display. See your dealer for details. For demonstration purposes only .

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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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With 400 horsepower and a 174-mile-per-hour top speed, the 2018 Audi TT RS punches well above its weight. The Audi devours straight lines with a manic burble, the type of off-kilter exhaust sound only an inline-five can make, as the engine and dual-clutch gearbox rocket the car forward.

With only 999 vehicles available worldwide, and an extremely limited number in Canada, the Audi R8 V10 Coupé RWS is custom-built for driving purists. The all-new Audi TT RS is built for demanding drivers who appreciate challenging roads.

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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