Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 24 July 2018
Back in the early 2000’s Audi brought the world the original TT. The TT was the compact coupé and convertible from the brand set for the fashion conscious and set to make a statement.
While the TT has always been a fashionista, it is now in its latest incarnation that we see the TT a lashing of mighty honey in the way of the Ingolstadt engineers and to the tune of the brands high-performance Audi Sport division.
The bare-boned heart of the TT RS comes about in terms of what lurks under its bonnet. Much like the RS3 Sportback and Sedan which I recently drove, the TT RS features Audi’s multi-award winning masterpiece engine which delivers simply eye-watering performance and noise, and all out of its five-cylinders.
It is these three figures that form the base for what has to be one of the most thrill-enticing, smile-creating and exceptional compact coupé’s ever created. The culmination of 294 kW of power coupled with 480 Nm of torque and all mixed into a very premium and technologically advanced compact body make the TT RS a proper peach to drive.
Audi Premium Build
It would be wrong to simply focus on the figures! The TT RS is a montage of premium “Audi Grade” materials. A culmination of premium materials, soft Alcantara, leather work and textured aluminium all coming together to create a simply top-notch cabin.
The interior is further adorned with the Audi MMI interface, which in the TT RS is coupled with Virtual Cockpit. All media controls and functionality are dealt with centrally through the instrumentation cluster, but owing to a very intuitive and clean design, the system remains functional and easy to navigate.
Despite the compact body dimensions offered by a coupé, the TT RS manages to package its space smartly and even offers a surprisingly large luggage loading area which can easily swallow two large suitcases or the monthly shop.
Conclusion & SA Pricing
Before meeting the TT RS, I had mixed impressions about what to expect. Was it going to be all about fashion, or fast, brash and perhaps even unmanageable? Much to my delight, I experienced the magic which Audi has pulled off with the RS3 line-up, all wrapped in elegant coupé lines and what has to be one of the most entertaining cars which I have driven.
The Audi TT RS Coupé is priced at R963,000 and sold standard with the 5-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan. When you factor in its whopping 0-100 km/h claimed at 3.7 seconds and a combination of both style and speed, it seems somewhat of a bargain.