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Audi TT RS review – MPG and running costs

The hottest TT isn't exactly frugal, but it should return better fuel economy than a BMW M2

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from £62,165
  • Devastatingly quick, sounds great
  • Adjustability is not the TT RS’s thing

MPG and running costs

Taken at face value, the Audi TT RS is surprisingly efficient for a car that can hit 62mph in under four seconds. Claimed economy figures are 31.7mpg and 201g/km – not brilliant for an engine of this size, but impressive considering the performance on offer.

There’s one big drawback with the TT RS’s economy, however. In reality you cannot drive the TT RS in such a manner as to produce such large mpg figures. With the noise the engine makes, and with such easily accessible rapid acceleration, you can’t help but prod that throttle pedal to enjoy both attributes. On anything other than a long motorway run, if you can achieve an mpg figure north of 20 you have better self-restraint than we do.

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By comparison, the Porsche 718 Cayman S will officially hit a less impressive 29.4mpg on the combined cycle, which is a surprise given the Porsche's weight advantage and smaller, less powerful four-cylinder engine. The bigger, heavier BMW M2 manages 29.1mpg.

Being an Audi and not something with a more exotic badge, servicing and other running costs should be reasonable compared to those of the Porsche 718, but the highly tuned and bespoke nature of the power plant will make it a more expensive proposition against more humble TT variants.

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