2013 Audi TT RS Overview
The 2013 Audi TT RS is the high-performance version of the TT roadster, offering more horsepower and upgraded handling for extra fun. The TT RS, historically, has only been available in Europe but Audi brought it over to the US in 2012.
At first glance, the new TT RS looks like a pumped-up version of the normal TT with more explosive and angular body work. The windshield is raked back and the roofline extends far down the back of the car. Unlike the TT which is offered as a convertible, the TT RS is available only in a coupe form for maximum stiffness and performance. 19” lightweight alloy wheels are standard, with other 19” styles also available. The TT RS also gets a fixed-wing rear spoiler, automatic Xenon headlights for visibility, heated electric side mirrors, and fog lights as standard. Options include: an adaptive rear-wing spoiler, a sporty exhaust system with dark tips, and special adaptive xenon headlights.
As with all Audis, the interior of the new TT RS is superbly crafted. With leather seats, tilt/telescoping multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, computer lap timer, automatic climate control, and nine-speaker audio system as standard, the TT RS is as well-equipped as any other German sports car. The interior is lined in leather, soft-touch composites, and aluminum, with several different combinations possible. The options list is sizeable and includes satellite navigation, Bose sound system, parking sensors, and iPod integration.
The 2013 TT RS gets Audi’s brilliant 360-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder which makes 343 pounds-feet of torque. The great thing about this engine is the lack of turbo-lag with all of the torque available at only 1,650 RPM. Paired with the standard six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive, the TT RS will jet from 0-60 MPH in just 4.1 seconds and accelerate all the way to 174 MPH. This excellent engine and transmission combination also returns 18/25 mpg city/highway. Also as standard, Audi gives the TT RS an adjustable magnetic suspension system for keen drivers.
Standard safety features on the 2013 TT RS include four airbags, traction/stability control, and enormous ABS disc brakes. The only safety option is the addition of knee airbags.