• Apr 12th 2011 at 1:04PM
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2012 Audi TT RS tested by Car and Driver – Click above to watch the video after the jump

When Car and Driver tested the 2011 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 V10 FSI, the magazine managed a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds. That's supercar territory, which is to be expected of a $165,00 Audi with 525 horsepower and all-wheel-drive.

The 2012 Audi TT RS should hit dealer lots this summer, with a much more reasonable Monroney somewhere in the $60,000 territory. The hot coupe features "only" 335 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, so it shouldn't even come close to challenging the V10-packing R8 from 0-60, right? According to C/D, the TT RS can do more than just "challenge" the R8 Spyder, as the little hatch managed to hit 60 mph in a blistering 3.6 seconds (note: C/D conducts acceleration testing with a rollout). That's quicker than the R8 and a lot of very expensive Porsche 911 variants. Could this stupendous performance be an aberration?

Hit the jump to watch the action-packed video of the TT RS. It's only 50 seconds long, and it's worth your time if only for the amazing sounds coming from Audi's boosted five cylinder. Top tip, JimmyX!

[Source: Car and Driver via YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The price is the only issue I have with the TT-RS. While the performance numbers make it a relative bargain, $65K is just too much. There are a lot of alternatives to consider that will provide a more modern interior (TT interior is from 2007/08) and if you go used, less depreciation.

      Love that Audi went with a 6MT transmission for the US market. DSG can put up some impressive numbers, but an RS car is about the driving experience and you just can't beat a 6MT to provide the best driving connection to a car. We're not racing these cars on the pro circuit, so slight time differences from DSG to 6MT are not important.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's hella quick. I believe those numbers are legit. Awd coupled w/ DSG is a recipe for killer 0-60 runs. Of course, as stated, those numbers are only for the auto cars.

      As cool as this car is, it's a little clinical for my tastes. Would make an awesome DD, no doubt, but for a sports car, I'd spend my money on a Cayman or used 911.I would take this over the Infiniti and 1M, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm doubtful based on power and weight. AWD, auto shifting, and tall 1-2 gears puts this in the realm of possibility, but I'm guessing in the real world, this car is a hair over 4 seconds from 0-60. Still very nice numbers for a $60K car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only $165.00?! I'll take one in every color then.

      Excellent, most excellent performance - a car that matches the performance of my ZRX at only 86 times the cost and roughly 1/3 the fuel economy.

      Seriously, though, I'm wondering why I'd buy this over an HPA-tuned Beetle, New Beetle, Golf, et cetera et cetera - they managed performance pretty close to this level 10 years ago...
      • 4 Years Ago
      that must be 0 - 60 km/h not miles
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is impressive. But impressive as it is, I bet it's going to be the whole package that wins it all and top all the rest. Knowing Audi, it will come in a complete package of impressive 4 wheel drive, handling, interior, sweet engine roar, etc. I will have to tease my local Audi salesman to take me out in one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      most impressive
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice
      • 4 Years Ago
      0:27 describes this car perfectly
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather have a Cayman S or R for that kind of money, frankly.

      It is likely to be much more fun after that moment of hard launch, once the car is up to speed.

      I have a feeling that an AWD 997 or R8 is likely a nicer car to drive, too. Even if this car can be launched a tenth of a second faster.

      If launch is all that matters, why not just have a muscle car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the sound of a turbo 5 cylinder... this seems like a good candidate for a replacement for my turbo 5 in, say, five years. :-D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this car very light. i.e. less than 2200lbs, 3.6 sec sounds very quick for 335Hp unless the car is very light. The trans can make up for some but the laws of physics have the final say.
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