If there's an RS badge on an Audi vehicle, you're assured to get the company's pinnacle of performance for that particular model. Case in point: the 2018 Audi TT RS. It has everything the already excellent TT and TTS coupe has to offer and then takes acceleration and handling to even greater heights.
Under the hood of this four-passenger coupe is a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that makes 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that distributes power to all four wheels.
Standard feature highlights include 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive suspension dampers, selectable drive modes, a virtual instrument panel, leather upholstery, heated 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats, a rearview camera, Audi's MMI infotainment system and a nine-speaker audio system.
Available options include a Technology package (a Wi-Fi hotspot, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system); the Dynamic Plus package (front carbon-ceramic brakes, traditional fixed-rate suspension dampers, a higher top speed, a carbon-fiber engine cover, and OLED taillights); and a few cosmetic bundles for the exterior and interior. Also offered is a sport exhaust, a different rear spoiler and carbon-fiber trim.
The 2018 Audi TT RS does cost considerably more than the base TT. At this level, it competes against the Porsche Cayman S and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe. The two-seat Porsche is likely a more balanced handler but can't match the TT's hatchback versatility. The AMG C63, on the other hand, is more of a luxury super cruiser. We'd also recommend a BMW M2 for its wildly entertaining driving personality or the Audi RS 3, which is an A3 sedan with the same RS treatment as the TT RS.
If Audi's most recent sports models (as well as our very favorable opinion of the regular TT) is any indication, this new TT RS has the potential to combine all of this segment's best attributes into one very balanced package. Use Edmunds' shopping tools and our latest review information to help find the perfect 2018 Audi TT RS.
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What options are available on the 2018 Audi TT RS?
Available Audi TT RS 2018 Submodel Types: Coupe
Available Trims: quattro
Exterior Colors: Ibis White, Panther Black Pearl Effect
Interior Colors: Black leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Leather Seats, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Heated seats, Navigation, Parking sensors, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 5 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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