2018 Audi TT RS Coupe Review: Starter Supercar

Verdict 6.3 / 10

Among the line of chart-topping RS models, the 2018 Audi TT RS is the oddball of the group. With a five-cylinder powerplant that is lined with Audi motorsport history and a cockpit that focuses almost exclusively on the driver, it’s a bit of a throwback sports car. It’s also a stark reminder that 400 horsepower is beyond adequate.

Though it doesn’t command the same respect as a Porsche Cayman S, the Audi is an option worth considering for those wanting blatant speed, wrapped in a stylish package rarely seen in the wild.

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Pricing 7/10

The TT model starts at $44,900, with the middle-tier TT S ringing in at $53,800, and the TT RS at $64,900. My test car demands $78,725, including a $975 destination charge, thanks to $12,850 in optional extras. It’s hard to imagine a TT stretching to almost $80,000, but take one look at a Cayman S configurator (it starts at $69,300) and its seemingly endless options sheet, and suddenly the RS’s price doesn’t seem entirely egregious. And besides, the RS is hardly your average TT.

The biggest expenditure on this tester is its $6,000 Dynamic Plus package, which adds a carbon fiber engine cover, front carbon-ceramic brakes by Brembo, OLED taillights, package-specific non-adaptive sport suspension, and increased top speed of 174 miles per hour, over th...