Audi TT RS Plus review - price, specs and 0-60 time

The five-cylinder Audi TT RS gains extra power and more speed with its new Plus edition

Evo rating
Price
from £49,245
  • Shockingly fast cross-country
  • Shockingly expensive for a TT

What is it?

The Audi TT RS Plus, which as you may have guessed, boosts the horsepower and top speed (among other things) of the warbling five-cylinder coupe. It’s the hottest TT you can buy, and it's priced from £49,245.

Engine, performance and 0-60 time

Order your Audi TT RS in Plus spec and the characterful, transversely mounted 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine gets an extra dollop of power, peaking at 355bhp (up 20bhp compared to the regular TT RS) and accompanied by a thumping 343lb ft of torque (up 11lb ft). The speed limiter is also raised from 155mph to 174. The extra power cuts 0.2sec from the 0-62mph dash, resulting in a time of 4.3sec for the six-speed manual car, or 4.1sec with the optional seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, as fitted to our test car.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

What’s it like to drive?

The Plus feels properly rapid on the road, all that power having just 1475kg to propel (25kg less in the manual car). Being four-wheel drive, traction is never an issue, either. The S-tronic ’box offers lightning-fast changes with a delicious thrap on upshifts when you’re gunning it. Add in the constantly warbling motor and this RS teases your aural senses like no other TT.

Less good is the steering. The electrically assisted set-up is horribly light when you set off, feeling completely at odds with the sporting pretence of this car. As you build up speed, the assistance reduces, but at no point do you get a real sense of what the front wheels are doing; the steering wheel is simply a device to guide the car down the road with, rather than something to glean information from.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Thankfully, this car grips so well, cornering speed is mainly governed by your conscience rather than front-end grip, making the TT RS searingly fast cross-country. Dig even deeper, though, and mild understeer is the eventual outcome, with the chassis never really offering anything in the way of adjustability.

Rivals

The TT RS Plus is a surprisingly likeable thing, mainly because of its shocking pace. The trouble comes when you consider what it has to compete with: the Plus goes head to head with the talented new Porsche Cayman S (£48,783) which is more entertaining and rewarding to drive, and unlike the TT, is perceived as a £50k car.

Anything else I need to know?

Our test car is fitted with ‘Audi Magnetic Ride’ adaptive dampers (a £970 option), which have two driver-selectable settings, Normal and Sport. However, the latter mode is so annoyingly firm that I soon find myself avoiding it altogether.

Price and release date

The Audi TT RS Plus is available now for £49,245.

Specifications

EngineIn-line 5-cyl, 2480cc, turbo
Max power355bhp @ 5500-6700rpm
Max torque343lb ft @ 1650-5400rpm
0-604.3sec (claimed 0-62)
Top speed174mph (limited)
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/audi/tt-rs
Audi TT RS coupe

Audi TT RS review - coupe refreshed after an emissions-enforced hiatus

30 Sep 2019
Visit/audi/tt-rs/22237/facelifted-audi-tt-rs-coupe-and-roadster-unveiled
Audi TT RS coupe

Facelifted Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster unveiled

6 Feb 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/sports-cars/202115/porsche-ditches-four-cylinder-for-flat-six-in-cayman-and-boxster-gts
sports cars

Porsche ditches four-cylinder for flat-six in Cayman and Boxster GTS

New models eschew turbos with detuned 4-litre from the Spyder and GT4
15 Jan 2020
Visit/news/202119/2020-geneva-motor-show-preview-what-to-expect-from-europes-most-important-auto-show
News

2020 Geneva motor show preview

Electrification will likely dominate proceedings, but Geneva will have plenty of performance metal to get excited about too
17 Jan 2020
Visit/toyota/gt-86/202104/toyota-gt86-vs-mazda-mx-5-vs-abarth-124-spider-lightweight-sports-car-shootout
Toyota GT 86

Toyota GT86 vs Mazda MX-5 vs Abarth 124 Spider – lightweight sports car shootout

Three affordable sports cars from Japan and, er, Japan battle it out on the Yorkshire Dales
14 Jan 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019