2018 Audi TT RS. The TT RS will make you feel like you’re in an Audi Group B rally car.
Audi TT RS channels its allconquering gangsta ancestor, Sennheiser’s temple of audiophilia, Cartier Tank’s comeback, modded Minis made for club and country.
Mention the Audi Sport Quattro and German car nerds swoon. This is the flame-belching hot-rod coupe that made pro rallying cool during the 1980s. And it didn’t just win races; it lorded over the competition.
For USD65,875, the new TT RS lets you sniff the throne. Like the Quattro, it uses an oddball five-cylinder turbo engine and a trick all-wheel-drive setup. Unlike the Quattro, it has quilted-leather seats, a smooth-shifting DSG gearbox, a killer Bang & Olufsen stereo, and other useful stuff not found in rally cars. You know, like windows that roll down.
It also churns out 400hp, delivering the sort of Sturm und Drang we haven’t seen from a small Audi in decades. This is a rambunctious machine, a pit bull with spoilers, eager to blitz backroads and hang cheeky little drifts at the racetrack. The acceleration (0 to 60mph in 3.6 seconds) puts a Porsche Cayman S on the mat.
Then there’s the exclusivity. The car is assembled small-batch in Europe; Audi isn’t disclosing how many it’ll ship here, but fewer than a thousand of the previous TT RS models made it stateside. Consider this one primed for cult-classic status.