Ma­chin­ery

2018 Audi TT RS. The TT RS will make you feel like you’re in an Audi Group B rally car.

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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.

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