Audi TT RS Roadster Performance

RRP from
£54,230
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£3,330
MPG
34
0-60 mph in
3.9 secs
First year road tax
£830

Just like the coupe, the TT RS Roadster gains a host tweaks and upgrades to make it a more focused driver’s car than the lesser models in the range. It’s firmer than a standard TT, but not spine-shatteringly so, and the overall ride quality has softened, compared to the previous TT RS Roadster.

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Performance and Economy

Any criticism of the chassis is easily forgotten once the engine is given your full attention. At a time when the closest competition from Porsche, the 718 Boxster S, makes use of a strong but ultimately drab four-cylinder engine, by contrast the five-cylinder unit under the bonnet of the TT RS has bags of character.

The noise dominates the driving experience. The characterful bellow from the five-cylinder is even easier to appreciate with the roof down, so any break in the clouds becomes the perfect excuse to whip the fabric hood open. It’s not only when accelerating that your ears are treated to a symphony of sounds – when slowing down each gear shift is accompanied by a barrage of pops and bangs that announce your arrival to unsuspecting onlookers.

The 2.5-litre engine kicks out 395hp and 354lb ft, and paired with the Quattro four-wheel drive system and a dual clutch automatic gearbox, it’s enough to get the TT RS Roadster from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, or 174mph for models equipped with the Performance Pack Plus. The seven-speed auto shifts smoothly and responds quickly in manual mode even if you sometimes miss the extra involvement in a BMW M2 equipped with a manual gearbox.

If you want to go quickly, easily then this is a blooming brilliant car to do it in

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The 2.5-litre engine kicks out 395hp and 354lb ft, and paired with the Quattro four-wheel drive system and a dual clutch automatic gearbox, it’s enough to get the TT RS Roadster from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, or 174mph for models equipped with the Performance Pack Plus. The seven-speed auto shifts smoothly and responds quickly in manual mode even if you sometimes miss the extra involvement in a BMW M2 equipped with a manual gearbox.

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Comfort and Handling

The main difference between the TT RS Roadster and the coupe is weight – lopping off the metal roof might lead you to believe that some weight has been lost, but actually, at 1,530kg, the Roadster weighs 90kgs more than the coupe due to chassis reinforcements. Although that difference may be as much as a well-fed human adult, few drivers will be able to tell the difference.

It’s the engine’s strong pulling power combined with the seemingly-unending grip that impresses the most – the TT RS Roadster is an incredibly quick point-to-point car. The RS Roadster is also a car that doesn’t require much talent to be driven quickly, and for many people that will be a big reason for getting one.

Those who appreciate a more delicate chassis balance – or those who just want to feel more involved in the driving experience – would be better off with a Porsche 718 Boxster, but the TT RS sounds far better… On the plus side, the standard brakes on the TT RS Roadster are brilliant – strong, resistant to fade, and with a nicely-weighted pedal.

An optional upgrade replaces the standard steel discs for carbon ceramic items, improving stopping power further. The adaptive dampers are another worthy option, especially if you’re interested in the larger 20-inch forged alloy wheels. Even in their firmest setting, they deliver a comfortable ride quality without compromising the handling.

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