So what's it? A TT with a few more horses and a new badge? Nope. Wrong. Many more horses. And when we say many, we really mean many.
So the engineers have done some magic to the 2-litre four-pot engine? Like added another turbo or a supercharger? You're wrong again. The engineers have built an all-new engine out of aluminium, which displaces 2.5-litre from its five cylinders. Yes, you read that right. Five cylinders. And those five cylinders generate so much power that if you're caught off guard, you might have an accident in your pant. If you want to know what we mean in numbers, here goes\: 396bhp and 480Nm of torque.
Isn't that too much for a car this size? Yes, it is. But the TT RS, with its capable MQB underpinnings, handles all that rush with such finesse that it might just give some serious nightmares to any other sportscar out there. The power is channelled to all four wheels, courtesy of the quattro system that absolutely wastes no power and torque, and all of it simply translates into acceleration.
The regular TT did the 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds, how much does this do? 4.5s? 4s? You seem to be putting a habit of getting things wrong. Audi claims that the TT RS will crack a ton in a mere 3.7 seconds\\!
Woah\\! That's bordering supercar territory... Yes, this what we meant by having an accident in the pants. You get it?
But what's Audi's obsession with 3.7 seconds? The RS6 and the RS7 are both claimed to that. We aren't exactly sure of that. You may want to phone the lads at Ingolstadt for that query...
Can the TT RS handle that sort of insanity around curves? Yes. It's not the kind of car that just sets the drag strip ablaze, it can very well handle a racetrack and windie mountain roads. In fact, we drove the TT RS around the Jarama circuit in Madrid, Spain and it did wonders around the former Spanish GP venue. Everything is predictive, precise and well, really, really enjoyable. And the thing is, the TT RS is the kind of a car that's fun not only on a racetrack, but on winding roads too. It's extremely easy to drive, there's the right amount of feedback from the steering, and the AWD sorts you out with all your precision and traction needs when you're really pushing this little thing.
In the quest for better handling, has the ride quality been sacrificed? To a level, yes. They've really pushed the limits of the MQB architecture in this one. The suspension has been tuned to be stiffer than the regular TT's, but it's not been designed to break your back.
You seem to really like the TT RS, but would you rate it over the 718 Cayman? Well, only a head-to-head test would give definitive answer to that, but the TT RS is faster, as fun to drive and louder.
Louder? Please explain further Yes, the new 5-cyl motor sounds damn good. With this generation of the TT, the only thing we missed was the exhaust note of the old 3.2-litre V6. We don't miss it anymore. This one has the right amount of anger and rage in it. And hold on, don't mistake it to be one of those BMW-like manipulated exhaust notes, it's real anger and drama.
Is there anything different from the regular TT to tell people it's the RS, visually? Apart from the badges at the back and up front, it gets brushed aluminium lip, bigger air dams and a fixed spoiler on that boot. As a whole, the TT RS looks the part.
And what about the cabin? Majorly, things remain the same. It gets the all-digital instrument cluster that can double up as a sat-nav screen and all the other goodies that the TT gets. The cabin is well appointed and the there's the right touch of elegance and sporty in the cabin. Oh yes, the steering wheel gets new Suede leather as a topping.
Should I pull out my cheque book and run to the Audi dealership? Wait, wait, wait. Not just yet. The TT RS has just been launched in the European markets and will take some time to reach our shores. The inside news is that Audi India will take at least a year more to get it here.
Oh that's a fly in the ointment... If you say so. But yes, we agree with you. It would have been great to have sub Rs 1 crore sportscar that's so promising earlier than that. All that we can say is, good things come to him who waits. Or something like that...
5-cyl, 2.5-litre, turbo petrol, 396bhp, 480Nm, 7A, AWD, 0-100kph\: 3.7 seconds (claimed), top speed\: 280kph, price\: Rs 90 lakh (est, ex-showroom)
Bottomline\: Agile, quick, fun to drive and nice sounding sportscar. Has the potential to give a proper run for the money to some capable and acclaimed sportscars of the world