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  • (4.5) 6 reviews
  • MSRP: $32,269–$47,829
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 360-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2012 Audi TT RS

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Audi TT RS

What We Don't Like

  • Hardly usable backseat

Notable Features

  • New for 2012
  • 360-hp five-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual
  • All-wheel drive

2012 Audi TT RS Reviews

Vehicle Overview

After a brief hiatus, Audi's high-performance RS line is back in the U.S. in the form of the four-seat TT RS coupe. It's powered by a 360-horsepower inline-five-cylinder engine that teams with a six-speed manual transmission, and Audi cites a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time of just 4.1 seconds. Competitors include the BMW M3, Porsche Cayman and Lotus Exige.

The TT RS rings in at 3,306 pounds. Its aggressively styled exterior features a fixed rear wing spoiler, dual oval exhaust outlets, 19-inch aluminum wheels, a black-gloss diamond-pattern grille, large front air inlets and prominent side sills. Nineteen-inch gloss-black wheels with red matte accents are optional for red and black cars. The headlights include LED daytime running lights. A power-retractable spoiler is available in place of the fixed wing.

Inside, the TT RS has a thicker three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, brushed aluminum accents, RS-specific door handles and aluminum doorsills with the RS logo. Power-adjustable front sport seats are finished in Silk Nappa leather, and Alcantara upholstery is available. A Bose premium stereo and Audi's MMI navigation system are available.

Under the Hood
The TT RS features Audi's turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine, which produces 360 hp and 343 pounds-feet of torque. Audi claims the TT RS' top speed is 174 mph. Only offered with a six-speed manual transmission, the TT RS can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, according to Audi.

Like other Audis, the TT RS features Quattro all-wheel drive. In addition to the chassis being lowered 10 millimeters, Audi's magnetic ride system is standard. It includes a Sport mode that stiffens the overall ride, enhances throttle response and opens flaps in the exhaust system for a more pronounced sound. A more aggressive sport exhaust with matte black exhaust tips is available.

Standard safety features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, front-seat side-impact airbags with head extensions, front knee airbags and an electronic stability system. Rear parking sensors are optional.

Consumer Reviews


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Fast, but jittery

by Carpedonut from on September 24, 2017

Engine is fabulous. Great acceleration across rev range and minimal lag. Sport exhaust sounds great in the process. Exterior and interior styling both fantastic improvements over first generation TT... Read Full Review

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

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Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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