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2012 Audi TT RS

$26,771 — $45,067 USED
Coupe
4 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.6) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Sinister looks
  • Five-cylinder power
  • Nimble handling

The Bad

  • Hardly usable backseat
2012 Audi TT RS exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Audi TT RS
  • New for 2012
  • 360-hp five-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual
  • All-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2012 Audi TT RS at Roebling Road Raceway.

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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 ...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.6
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

The most practical and 4 wheel drive sports coupe

by TTRS fan from Bethel Ct on October 5, 2018

Fantastic car for every day transport with a huge sporty fun factor. Excellent gas mileage for such a powerful coupe with loads of room for everything you need. The best grip for every condition a car ... Read full review

(4.0)

value for the money

by JC from athens,GA on March 22, 2018

inline five, powerful and fit for daily as well. although it is 2012 model, but still contain many technologies as current model. for these price it is the best value car in my opinion Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Audi TT RS currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Audi TT RS has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TT RS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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