2018 Audi TT RS First Drive

Get ready for trouble: the 2018 Audi TT RS is most definitely going to stir up some problems among the new Porsche Cayman S, Mustang GT350, Corvette Stingray, and BMW M2. Having driven all five of these road-legal racers, I have no doubts that the TT RS will hold against its best German and American rivals. It’s a fast car that happens to look great, excelling on the track while still delivering all the creature comforts you’d want in a daily driver.

Audi invited me out to Madrid to experience the second-generation TT RS, coincidentally enough in the south of Spain near where the late model TT was launched two years ago.Track day with the TTS was certainly fun, but the TT RS’ performance hit a whole other level. How so? It starts off with an exhaust note like nothing I’ve ever heard before – to borrow a perfect description from Audi’s Mark Dahnke “it’s out of this world sounding” – and which I can confidently say is one of the best engine soundtracks your ears could hope for. Happily Audi’s engineers weren’t feeling coy about it either, and as such its burbling is unadulterated and piped directly into the cabin for your listening pleasure.

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