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2020 Audi TT RS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: December 6, 2019


For an automotive giant like Audi who makes just 2 Coupes, every refresh is as crucial as a new car launch. Speaking of refreshes, this Ingoldstadt based automotive giant has launched the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe that is a high performance-focused coupe. The TT RS is the most hardcore and sportiest coupe of the entire TT range and has gathered a loyal fan following throughout its years of existence.

For 2020, Audi didn't feel the need to refresh the TT RS. However, keen observers will note the new design of the 20” alloys, available in the Black Optic pack. Other changes include the addition of a new Orange color scheme and added Anti-Theft features. Mechanically, the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe remains unchanged from 2019. You still get the superb Quattro AWD system as standard in the TT RS and the slick-shifting 7 Speed Dual Clutch transmission. In terms of packages on offer, you get 3- Black Optic, Design Selection Interior Red and Technology, whose prices range from $1,050 to $3,500.

The prices of the TT RS Coupe has not seen a significant rise as well. The new 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe is now priced at $67,500, just $700 more than it's predecessor. Rivals of the  TT RS include the likes of the Porsche 718 Coupe, BMW’s M2 Competition and the All-New 2020 Toyota GR Supra.

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Pros

Impeccable handling

Variety of packages to choose from

Impressive MPG figures

Futuristic instrument cluster

Cons

Average cargo capacity

Interiors feel cramped than some rivals

What's New?

Standard Vehicle Immobilizer with Anti-Theft Alarm System and Motion Sensor

New Pulse Orange Exterior Color Scheme

Addition of a 20” 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels on the Black Optic Package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$67600

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

151 cu.in.

horsepower

394 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

354 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

98.6 in.

curb weight

3296 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

12 cu ft.


Pictures

Exterior
 2020 Audi TT RS Rear View  2020 Audi TT RS Right Side View  2020 Audi TT RS 3 Quarter View  2020 Audi TT RS Right Side View  2020 Audi TT RS 3 Quarter View
Interior
 2020 Audi TT RS Center Console  2020 Audi TT RS Cockpit Area  2020 Audi TT RS Cockpit Area  2020 Audi TT RS interior  2020 Audi TT RS Shift Knob

Styles

 2020 Audi TT RS in Vegas Yellow color  2020 Audi TT RS in Tango Red Metallic color  2020 Audi TT RS in Glacier White Metallic color  2020 Audi TT RS in Nardo Gray color
Vegas Yellow

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi TT RS Base

Base

power
394hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$67,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr quattro Coupe AWD (2.5L 5cyl 7AM) Starting at $67,600 MSRP (20/24/28) 394hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-5, premium unleaded
7-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual TBD TBD

Expert Review


The Audi TT RS coupe is the only coupe that Audi makes, other than the fabulous R8. The RS is the most hardcore of all TT's and which is why it feels the sportiest of the lot. The TT RS couples the functionality of the standard coupe but adds the madness of the RS. Audi didn't feel compelled to make a convertible version of the TT RS, owing to safety and stability issues and which is why the coupe is the only thing that is on sale right now.

2020 Audi TT RS front view
2020 Audi TT RS front view
2020 Audi TT RS rear view
2020 Audi TT RS rear view

2020 Audi TT RS Features

The 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe, comes in just 1 trim- TT RS. However, Audi offers a number of packages with the RS, so you can spec your RS with the package that you want. In terms of standard features, you have a lot of future proof features on offer that includes a futuristic instrument console, Premium Audio and a lot more.

Trim

Audi TT RS Coupe

MSRP

$67,600

Features

Audi Virtual Cockpit with Sport Mode

 

Heated, front Fine Nappa Leather S Sport Seats

 

RS tuned Audi magnetic ride

 

Full LED Automatic Headlights with LED Turn indicators

 

RS-specific front fascia, rear bumper, and diffuser

Package Name

Black Optic

Design selection interior- Red

Technology

Price*

$1,050

$1,150

$3,500

Key Features

20” Bi-Color Anthracite finished alloys

Leather upholstery and instrument console

MMI Navigation Plus

 

High Gloss Black exterior trim

RS design interior package- RS floor mats, Red accents on air vents, seats and seatbelts

Audi connect with online services

 

High Gloss Black exterior mirror housings

Audi smartphone interface with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

 

TT RS High-gloss Black exterior trim

 

Audi Side Assist

 

Black badges and Audi rings

 

B&O Sound System

Which trim to go for?

The Standalone TT RS comes with a ton load of features as standard and will quench the thirst of most buyers going for the TT RS. However, we would strongly advise buyers, to add the technology pack to their TT RS’ as it bundles plenty of connectivity features to the TT RS, making it a better daily driver.

2020 Audi TT RS Engine

The RS series of cars from Audi has always been different from their other siblings and such is the case, with the TT RS coupe as well. Unlike the Turbocharged 4 Pot motor in the standard TT and the TTS, you get a 2.5L 5 Pot Turbocharged motor as standard in the TT RS. What changes does it make? Well, you have a bump, I mean a massive bump in power and torque figures as compared to the other TT siblings. This motor feels a lot eager to rev up to its redline and doesn’t feel strained when put under pressure.

2020 Audi TT RS engine
you get a 2.5L 5 Pot Turbocharged motor as standard in The Audi TT RS

While the 7 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission remains the same as the other TT models, Audi engineers have tuned this unit specifically to match it to the upgraded engine. The Gear Shifts continue to remain slick and precise and you won’t find a lot of room for any complaints against this unit. This gearbox transfers power to all 4 wheels of the Audi via Audi’s superb Quattro AWD system and you won’t have many reasons to complain about the handling front.

Models

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

MSRP

$67,500

$55,250

$58,900

$69,300

Engine

2.5L Turbocharged Inline-5

3.0L Twin-Scroll Single Turbo Inline-6

3.0L TwinPower Turbocharged Inline-6

2.5L Turbocharged Boxer 4

Transmission

7 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Manual Transmission

6 Speed Manual Transmission

Power(hp)

394@5850rpm

335@5000rpm

405@5230rpm

350@6500rpm

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

354@1700rpm

365@1600rpm

406@2350rpm

309@1900rpm

.*2019 Model Year figures used for reference purposes

Comparing the Audi with its adversaries and you will find that the TT RS, doesn’t fare badly against them. In fact, it’s the 2nd most powerful Coupe in this comparison, after the BMW M2 Competition. The Cayman S comes 3rd overall in terms of power but offers the least torque. The All-New Supra comes last on the power front but comes second overall, as far as torque on offer is concerned.

How fast is the Audi TT RS?

With a Healthy 5 Pot Motor under the hood of the 2020 Audi TT RS, you’d expect great acceleration figures from the same and such is the case, in reality. The TT RS takes no time to gather pace and doesn’t lose out on breath at any moment. You have enough power and torque on hand at all instances and overtaking other vehicles is a piece of cake, for this sporty coupe. This is due to Audi’s well-tuned Quattro AWD system and the compact proportions that make them work for the Motor, a bit easier in propelling the Coupe ahead.

2020 Audi TT RS acceleration
2020 Audi TT RS takes no time to gather pace and doesn’t lose out on breath at any moment

Models

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

0-60 MPH (Sec)

3.6

3.8

4.2

4.4

Quarter mile(sec)

11.9

12.3

12.5

12.4

Engine

2.5L Turbocharged Inline-5

3.0L Twin-Scroll Single Turbo Inline-6

3.0L TwinPower Turbocharged Inline-6

2.5L Turbocharged Boxer 4

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0

6.8

8.8

8.0

Comparing the Audi’s rivals side by side and you will find that the comparatively underpowered Supra, betters most it’s adversaries other than the Audi in the 0-60 and the quarter-mile run, owing to its superb weight distribution and decent levels of torque on offer. The BMW and the Porsche are nearly at par with each other and both lag behind the other 2 coupes, discussed previously.

Is it exhilarating to drive?

Audi’s ‘RS’ lineup of cars has been famed for their handling and driving dynamics and the 2020 TT RS, maintains that legacy. The TT RS Coupe feels sporty at large when compared against the standard TT. However, the ride is stiffer than the other TT cars in the lineup and comes in handy, while taking the corners hard. There is minimal body roll at all times and you won’t get a feeling of the Coupe toppling down or rolling over at high speeds.

The Quattro AWD system allows for no loss of traction when the surface gets wet or snowy. The Steering feels direct and precise and points exactly, where you want the TT RS to go. Out on the highway, the RS remains planted to the tarmac and the superb weight distribution and the magnetic ride control allow for superior high-speed stability.

How well do the Brakes perform?

For a Coupe with the performance of the TT RS, you’d expect Audi to spec it with similarly potent brakes. Happily, this is the case with the 2020 TT RS. With big 14.6-inch discs on the front and 12.2 on the rear, the 2020 Audi TT RS’ braking performance is at par, with the best in the segment. With just 3296 lbs behind its back and a superb Quattro AWD setup, the braking performance of the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe, is no short of breathtaking.

2020 Audi TT RS wheel
With big 14.6-inch discs on the front and 12.2 on the rear, the 2020 Audi TT RS’ braking performance is at par

The Brakes feel sure-footed and inspire a lot of confidence in all instances. Nosedive is well contained and the coupe maintains a linear path under heavy braking. The rotors take little time to cool down and don’t lose out on feedback, even under heavy braking situations.

Model

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

Brake Front (in.)

14.6

13.7

15.7

13

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

13.5

15.0

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3296

3397

3600

2988

60-0 MPH (ft.)

104

99

155**

95

*70-0MPH figures used for reference purposes

On the braking front, Audi has done well to keep the immense horsepower from causing havoc under heavy braking conditions. The newly launched Toyota Supra manages to beat most of the cars in this comparison, owing to its well-optimized brakes and lightweight body. The Porsche comes out on top, owing to its impeccable handling manners and top-notch brakes. The Bimmer manages to maintain its repute as well, owing to its well-optimized brakes and good dynamics. 

2020 Audi TT RS Fuel Economy

The Audi TT RS may be one of the most powerful coupes on the block. However, with an impressive 23 MPG of mileage overall and a 14.5-gallon tank, the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe, can do a minimum of 290 miles on a full tank and 406 miles at best. This is impressive, considering that the Audi has a standard AWD setup while the others come with an RWD setup.

Model

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

MPG (City)

20

24

18

20

MPG (Highway)

28

31

25

26

MPG (Combined)

23

26

20

22

Fuel Capacity(Gallons)

14.5

13.7

13.7

16.9

Range(City/Hwy)

290/406

329/425

247/343

338/439

When you take the MPG of all the coupes into account, you will be impressed by the fact that the Audi returns a decent mileage when you take into account the performance on offer. The GR Supra bells out the most mileage of all the coupes here and despite the small fuel tank manages to deliver a good range overall. The Porsche Cayman isn't the most fuel-efficient of the lot but owing to its massive fuel tank, the Cayman can go a long way.

2020 Audi TT RS Interior

The Audi TT RS coupe has comfortable and supportive seats but nowhere near the level that the coupes like the 718 and BMW have reached. The cabin feels spacious enough until the moment you try to pack in some luggage. With premium materials on most of the console, you can ignore the plastic bits that spoils a bit of the fun.

2020 Audi TT RS Seating
The Audi TT RS coupe has comfortable and supportive seats

As with all German cars, the build quality is impeccable and you will find it hard, to spot any major panel gaps or inconsistencies. The overall design of the dash is focused on the driver. The buttons for the various controls are easily accessible and are easy to operate as well. Finishing off the Seats deserves a mention as the stitching is hard to find faults with and adds to the overall premium feel of the Cabin.

Model

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

Passenger capacity

4

2

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.6/41.1

38.3/54.4/42.2

40.1/54.4/41.5

N/A

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

33.8/47.9/28.9

-

36.5/53.4/33.0

-

Comparing the Audi with its rivals and you will find that the German counterparts of the Audi, have a lot to offer, as far as Interior Space goes. The BMW, like the Audi, is the only other coupe here that can accommodate 4 passengers and we must say, the occupants of the Bimmer, will have a lot less to complain in terms of the space on offer. The Supra offers a spacious cabin than the Audi but sadly, can seat only 2 people in it.

What to expect on the inside?

Audi ensures that all of its cars come loaded with the best it has to offer in terms of the features and the 2020 Audi T RS, boasts of a pretty loaded list as well. Talking of the interior features on offer, here goes the highlights of the same:

  • Nappa leather seats with front S sport seats
  • Heated, 12-Way power front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustments and pneumatic side bolsters
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tilt and telescopic adjust 3 Spoke flat-bottom steering with shift paddles, satellite buttons
  • One-Touch up/down power windows with pinch protection
  • Ambient LED Interior lighting
  • Auto-dimming interior RVM with digital compass
  • Stainless steel pedal caps
  • Aluminum door sill inlays with RS badging

What does the Infotainment system feel like?

Audi has been constantly updating it’s MMI Infotainment system every year and for 2020, Audi has made improvements to the same as well. The TT RS’ infotainment system gets a bit more intuitive than last year and feels a tad more responsive than the same. You can also get the MMI Plus system with Android Auto, Apple Car Play by upgrading to the Technology package. The Highlights include

  • MMI touch with Handwriting-recognition technology
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • Audi Sound System with 9 Speakers and Single CD Player with MP3 playback capability and dual SD card slots
  • SiriusXM/HD Radio
  • Bluetooth Telephony and Audio
  • Homelink powered Garage door opener
  • Rearview Camera

Is the Cargo space practical?

While Cargo Capacity may not be the primary reason why a Customer would want to buy a TT RS, the 12.0 cu.ft. Of Cargo space on offer is a decent amount of space. You can easily pack in a Suitcase and 2 Handbags for a short weekend getaway or groceries from the Supermarket. We would have loved some more cubby holes or storage spaces inside the Cabin of the TT RS as they fall short of what the rivals offer.

Model

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

Volume (ft cube)

12.0

10.2

13.8

14.9

The Porsche Cayman S offers the most the Cargo Capacity among all the Coupes mentioned here courtesy of it’s front and rear trunk. The Bimmer comes in second in this respect and is followed by the Audi and the Toyota. 

2020 Audi TT RS steering
2020 Audi TT RS steering
2020 Audi TT RS center console
2020 Audi TT RS center console

2020 Audi TT RS Exterior

Modern-day Audi’s are known to be sleek and sharp in terms of their design and the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe is no exception either. With sharp LED Headlights at the front with seamlessly blended LED DRL’s, the TT RS looks menacing and sharp from the front. There are sharp lines and creases, all throughout the TT RS’ body and you will find it menacing, irrespective of the angle you look at it. The RS is just 165-inches long, much shorter than even the Porsche 718. However, it sits taller than the Porsche and loses out on the advantage of having a low center of gravity.

2020 Audi TT RS Side view
2020 Audi TT RS Side View

The compact proportions of the Audi make for a sporty ride irrespective of where you take it. It also allows for ease of parking in crowded parking spaces and maneuvering through tight spaces in the city as well. The flip side is the fact that the Audi isn’t the most spacious on the inside and feels kinda compact.

Model

Audi TT RS Quattro AWD

Toyota GR Supra RWD

BMW M2 Competition RWD

Porsche 718 Cayman S RWD*

Curb weight (lbs)

3296

3397

3600

2988

length(in)

165.0

172.5

176.2

172.4

Width(in)

72.1

73.0

73.0

70.9

Height(in)

52.9

50.9

55.5

51.0

Ground clearance(in)

N/A

4.5

4.6

4.3

Wheelbase(in)

98.6

97.2

106.0

97.4

In terms of dimensions, the M2 Competition feels like the Monster in the room, courtesy of its massive size when compared to the others here. The Supra and the Porsche are tied at the second spot as far as dimensions go and are less cumbersome to live within the City. The Audi TT RS, is by far, the most compact coupe in this comparison and thus, the easiest one to live within the city.

What are the most noteworthy features on the outside?

With the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe, Audi has pulled out all stops to ensure that the TT RS looks modern and sleek from any angle that you look at. That has been made possible by the use of some sharp character lines, all throughout the Audi’s body and modern features. Some of the highlights include

  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Fully Automatic LED Headlights
  • LED Taillights with Dynamic Turn Signals
  • Power-Adjustable, auto-dimming, power-folding, heated ORVM’s in Aluminum optic
  • S Model Quad Exhaust Outlets
  • 20” Alloy Wheels
  • Keyless Start, Stop and Entry
  • Automatic Windshield Wipers and Headlights
  • Adaptive Rear Spoiler
  • Integrated LED Turn-indicator on ORVM’s
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
2020 Audi TT RS
2020 Audi TT RS
2020 Audi TT RS
2020 Audi TT RS

2020 Audi TT RS Safety

The Audi TT RS isn't meant to match the safety standards of a Volvo. But despite that, Audi has kitted the TT RS coupe, with a plethora of features, for the peace of mind of its occupants. Even though IIHS and NHTSA haven’t tested the 2020 Audi TT RS Coupe, we do have the list of Safety features that the Audi comes loaded with to ensure the peace of mind of the passengers.

Safety features on offer in the Audi TT RS

  • Front dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags, and head curtain airbags
  • Power Central locking System with safety unlock in case of airbag deployment
  • ABS with EBD, ESC and secondary collision brake assist
  • Anti-Theft alarm system with immobilizer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • LATCH in rear seats
  • Electromechanical Parking brake

2020 Audi TT RS Competition

Audi TT RS Coupe vs. Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche makes one of the best handling cars in the world and the baby Porsche is no exception either. With a laser-sharp steering, great suspension damping and a superb ride setup, the Audi can’t simply match the handling of the same, despite coming close. The infotainment on the TT RS is, however, a different story. With the Virtual cockpit, it is far superior to the Porsche's infotainment. Although the TT RS's rear seats are quite unusable for seating, they make it easy to carry some luggage, which isn't possible in the 2-seater 718.

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Audi TT RS Coupe vs. Toyota GR Supra

The Toyota GR Supra was revealed with much fanfare last year and hits our shores this year. The Supra combines the Handling precision of BMW with Toyota’s impermeable build. In terms of performance and handling, the Supra is no slouch wither and will impress most people out there. However, the Audi feels a step better in terms of handling and performance and courtesy of its 4 seater configuration, which is the practical one of the duo as well.

2020 Toyota GR Supra
2020 Toyota GR Supra

Audi TT RS Coupe vs. BMW M2 Competition

The BMW M2 Competition, in all ways, is one of the biggest rivals to the TT RS coupe. The M2 Competition, offers the tail sliding fun that we associate RWD cars with and comes with a Surgeon’s Knife like Handling and precision. The M2 can seat 4 people as well and is cheaper than the Audi by quite some margin. The Audi comes with a better infotainment system and has AWD as standard, making it the coupe more suited for Wet/Snowy surfaces. Hence, if you are a person, who resides in an area dominated by wet and snowy conditions, the Audi TT RS Coupe will be your best bet. But otherwise, it’s the BMW that’s the best overall.

2020 BMW M2 Competition
2020 BMW M2 Competition

 

2020 Audi TT RS Final Verdict

With the 2020 Audi TT RS, Audi has pulled out all stops in presenting a Coupe that can satisfy the needs of the performance hungry driving enthusiast. With a Punchy Motor underneath, standard AWD system and superb brakes, there isn’t much to complain about the handling and driving dynamics of the Audi. Add to that, sporty seats, an intuitive infotainment system and seating for 4 and you have on your hands, a sporty little coupe that can make your daily commutes fun while allowing you to post blisteringly quick lap times, on a race track near you.