£51,800 Price range
If you think the regular TT is a little staid and the TTS is quick, but not quite quick enough, Audi has an answer – it’s called the TT RS and with a 395hp five-cylinder engine it’s comfortably the most powerful version of Audi’s super swanky coupe.
Performance is mind-blowing for this class of car – 0-62mph comes up in just 3.7 seconds. That, performance fans, is nearly a second quicker than a Porsche 718 Cayman S and more than a second quicker than the BMW M2.
Although the TT RS is a ferocious cornering machine, no matter the weather, it doesn’t send its driver into fits of giggles quite like the M2 or Cayman can. The Audi feels like it’s punching the bends into submission rather than working with them in tandem. If you want a really quick point-to-point sports coupe then hardly anything can beat the Audi, but if you yearn for a bit of tail-out fun, there are better alternatives.
The TT RS keeps the regular model’s layout and features. That, readers, is a Very Good Thing. So it has beautifully sculpted air vents with their own digital controls and Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit. Another bonus comes in the form of a pair of rear seats that are absent in the roadster model – although only the very smallest of humans will fit on them.
Audi has confirmed the new TT RS will go on sale in Europe in autumn 2016. In the meantime why not have a look at the slightly tamer Audi TTS to see how much you could save buying it via carwow.