$64,900 2018 Audi TT RS Wants To Lure You Away From A Cayman S

The new 2018 Audi TT RS will make its US debut at the upcoming NY Auto Show, bringing the heat on rivals like the $67,700 Porsche 718 Cayman S and the $52,500 BMW M2.

The latest model in the Audi Sport range is the most powerful TT model to date, thanks to its charismatic 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI engine which produces no less than 400hp and 354lb-ft of torque.

Offered exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and permanent Quattro all-wheel drive, the new Audi TT RS is simply breathtaking off the line, with the company claiming a class-leading 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds.

Top speed is limited to 155mph (250km/h) but Audi is happy to lift the limiter up to 174mph (280km/h)  if you add the optional Dynamic plus package. The brand’s Quattro all-wheel drive system can send nearly 100 percent of the available torque to the rear axle if needed, constantly adjusting the torque distribution between the axles.

Audi says it’s the first time that the Quattro all-wheel drive is fully integrated within the Audi drive select system, offering four different drive modes: comfort, sport, auto and individual. All models come equipped with the magnetic ride suspension which adjusts the firmness of its dampers within a few milliseconds, depending on conditions and the selected drive mode.

The new Audi TT RS comes fitted with eight-piston brake calipers and 370mm crossed-drilled steel discs at the front as standard, with front carbon-ceramic brakes included in the aforementioned optional Dynamic plus package.

With Porsche now being accused from fans that they’ve made the Cayman sound like an angry Subaru, the new Audi TT RS certainly feels more confident and probably features the best soundtrack in the class, thanks to that amazing five-cylinder engine.

The new Audi TT RS will start at a suggested $64,900, excluding a destination charge of $975 with its launch scheduled for this Spring.

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  • Blade t

    Yikes thats pricey , but it is a pretty sweet car and sounds great….

    • Sébastien

      pricey??? that’s not even the price of a TTS in Europe 🙁

      • JohnCarscoop

        Keep in mind US prices don’t included tax (VAT), but then again, tax is lower over here (for example, it’s 6.5% in Massachusetts)

      • Brabusbus

        Even in South east asia, price of a ‘basic’ TT is higher than TTRS in US.

    • SteersUright

      Totally agreed. This isn’t so much better than a $55k GT350 and a Cayman S still destroys this with regards to driver feel (and fun). This car reads like an awesome spec sheet of cool with things like 8-piston brakes, etc. But nothing disguises that you have a big 5-cyl engine (that sounds amazing, btw) sitting in front of the axle line, and the resulting understeer and handling sacrifices. Audi should turn the TT into the mini R8 they’ve been talking about over the years, a $50k mid-engine little brother to the R8.
      BUT, price it at $45-55k and the sheer performance on tap here would have made it impossible to ignore. I think they came in too high, personally. It will now sell in very small numbers as a niche item, rather than a runaway success.

      • aaronbbrown

        It should’ve been redesigned long ago, it’s been around for 20 years and they still haven’t been able to get it right.

  • Bob

    Nice car and all BUT I can’t help but feel like this would suit wives better than husbands if you catch my drift.

    • salamOOn

      …no problem here. for husband TTRS, for wife standard TT cabrio.

      • Mike Sinyaboot

        Yup. I love my S3 and would prefer the RS3 but I would happily take this TTRS.

    • javier

      this, no way i could drive one of those. There was an rs5 shooting brake photochop online the other day that was amazing but knowing audi it will never see production.

  • WTF

    The TT as it got more pricey always seemed like a waste to me, its essentially a coupe version of the A3 or GTI but its priced like an A5, it’s engines and chassis are also used on the GTI which also costs thousands less and arguably it isn’t much nicer or nicer at all than the A3 or GTI to warrant the huge price gap its more for those that value brand names and image over logic and frankly even those would be better served buying an A5, S5, or RS5 because the TT despite its price still looks like a hot hatch in person and no where its price point……its a car that past its use date either make it something else or drop it.

    • javier

      except the tt can handle unlike the understeering mess that is rs3, too bad tt so ugly

    • Matt

      Ive never looked at the tt and thought hot hatch in person. The ttrs doesnt share the engine of the gti/golf r. You pay for the style and audi materials which, while the gti is good for its price, quality, fit and finish on the tt is a few steps above that and above the a3.

  • Honda NSX-R

    As much I want to like this car, the price seems a bit too much. For that price I would rather get an S4.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Or the Cayman. Or an optioned M2. Or a GT350. Or an NSX(hopefully)…

      • Honda NSX-R

        You can indeed find an NSX for that price.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    But it wont. Because Porsche. And mid-Engine. And Rear Wheel Drive.

    And understeer…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Jk

  • nastinupe

    The Porsche Cayman is the cheapest mid engined mass produced car in the world right now. It’s also one of the best handling. The Audi TT RS is nice but not as good… and VW knows this.

    • aaronbbrown

      It’s not even close, the Ford RS Embarrasses it, and that’s just not acceptable.

  • fabri99

    Yeah didn’t happen.

  • Matthew

    Except that VW group owns both Porsche and Audi, so trying to lure you away from the Cayman S would just cannibalize their own sales.

  • aaronbbrown

    I always liked these cars, I like the way they look and the way they handle, but they do have rather terrible feel, as in the steering is disconnected from what’s happening with the road. Ford does better than Audi in this department, and it’s really unacceptable.

    This model has been around for 20 years, and it continues to have this problem, Audi has never really corrected it, that’s why I would never buy one.

    It should’ve been redesigned a decade ago, it’s long out of date, and never really worked right.

  • Infinite1

    It took so long for Audi to debut this in the U.S. that I’m like eh. I like the TTRS but may just opt for the RS3 for 10k under this price tag.