Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2012 Audi TT RS at Roebling Road Raceway.
Cars.com Auto Reviews Hi this is Joe Bruzek from Cars.com We're here with the Audi TTRS, now the RS is the highest-performance trim level on the TT.
It offers 95 more horsepower than the TTS, which is already an upgraded performance model over the base TT. Now there's a lot of beefed up hardware on this, so let's take a look. The biggest change under the hood is that there's an all-new engine compared to the TT and the TTS. There's a turbo-charged five cylinder that makes 360 horsepower. The TT and the TTS use a turbo-charged four cylinder. The other parts of the RS package are fairly subtle. On the outside, there's a new grill that's black, and also larger openings of the grill upfront. (rock music) The wheels on the RS are 19-inchers, and they have this matte gray finish. Now behind the wheels are upgraded brakes. They're 14.6 inch front brakes, which are massive. Even on the inside, the package is subtle. The TTRS that's embossed in the seat isn't bright red or any different color, it's just the same color as the seat. Now out back, the exhaust gains these oval exhaust tips, and also a new rear diffuser. The exhaust itself has flaps in it. When you hit the sports mode button, it opens up those flaps and changes the exhaust sound. It's much louder than other TT models, and has a really distinct note with a five cylinder engine. (rock music) The base TT isn't underpowered, but after a quick burst of acceleration, it loses steam. The TTRS is a powerhouse compared to the base model. What makes the RS so much fun, besides the extra power, is that it comes with a manual transmission. Now that may seem pretty standard equipment as far as sports cars, but the TT and the TTS only come with an automatic transmission. It's a dual clutch automatic transmission, which shifts extremely quick, but there's no replacement for a true six speed manual. The RS uses a magnetic ride control suspension, it automatically adjusts for different road conditions. Compared to the regular TT, you actually feel fewer bumps in the road. Now when you want that extra firmness, you can hit the sport button, which will automatically firm up the suspension. The RS's performance doesn't come cheap, it's $18,000 more than the base TT, but it takes the QTTT and turns it into a genuine sports car. (engine roars) For more car-related news, go to Cars.com or our blog, KickingTires.net.