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2013 Audi TT RS Review
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The 2013 Audi TT RS is a sporty coupe with a powerful twin-turbocharged engine. The RS abbreviation refers to RennSport, a designation used by Audi for vehicles designed with racing-level performance in mind. Despite performance being the primary focus, the TT RS offers many of the same luxury features found in many mid- to higher-end Audi vehicles. The only real compromise the TT RS makes against comfort is its slightly smaller interior.
New For 2013
The 2013 Audi TT RS is identical to the 2012 version. The lack of changes is hardly surprising given that the TT RS was introduced on in 2012.
The 2013 Audi TT RS is a sleek, stylish coupe with graceful curves and a sporty design. The TT RS is very similar to the Audi TT, TTS, and RS5 in terms of appearance, but not quite identical to any of these vehicle lines. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler are all featured as standard equipment. A sports exhaust system, front grille filler panel, five-arm rotor design wheels, and carbon fiber exterior mirrors are available as options.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Audi TT RS, despite the performance focus, maintains similar luxury features to more luxury-oriented Audi vehicles, like the S-Series. Standard features include automatic climate control, cruise control, an interior air filtration system, power seats, an electrochromatic rearview mirror, remote locks, remote windows, power heated mirrors, and one-touch power windows. The optional features list is a little light, although this is not unusual for Audi vehicles with RS designations. All-weather floor mats, a trunk liner, a first aid kit, heated seats, and a leather interior are available as optional features.
The standard entertainment system in the Audi TT RS is only slightly less well equipped than the ones found in the more luxury-oriented Audi vehicles. Despite this, it is still better than most other car (or even home) stereo systems. A CD player, AM/FM radio, CD MP3 playback stereo, auxiliary audio input, and Sirius satellite radio are standard equipment. All of these systems are broadcast through a 140-watt output stereo with nine speakers. The Audi TT RS also comes with a three-month subscription to the SiriusXM satellite radio service.
The interior size, while more than adequate compared to many other coupes, is slightly on the small side compared to many other Audi vehicles. The front seats offer more than ample legroom, but the rear seats are a little on the tight side. While most adults should be able to fit in them, they might not be comfortable for extended drives. The TT RS does deliver adequate trunk space for the needs of most drivers, although it is still a fairly small amount of space due to the coupe design.
Typical of other Audi vehicles, the 2013 Audi TT RS features an impressive amount of standard safety features. Electronic stability control and electronic traction control help the driver maintain control under most driving conditions. The Audi TT RS comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, and emergency brake assist as standard equipment to allow it to easily stop when needed. Dual front airbags and side chamber airbags are standard equipment, so front passengers are better protected than rear passengers. The TT RS does not have the rear head airbags and rear side-mounted airbags normally offered as at least optional equipment in many Audi vehicles.
The Audi TT RS features a powerful, turbocharged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. This engine allows the TT RS to generate 360 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy of the Audi TT RS is respectable for a performance vehicle, offering 18/25 mpg city/highway. While not the most powerful vehicle in the entire Audi lineup, the Audi TT RS does outmuscle anything in its price range and even a few significantly more expensive vehicles.
The Audi TT RS is capable of extremely fast acceleration and a fairly high top speed. The engine is also only part of why Audi considers the TT RS a performance vehicle. The steering and handling are more precise than the more passenger-oriented Audi vehicles. The result is that the TT RS offers sharper, more precise maneuverability. The 2013 Audi TT RS drives well on long, straight streets as well as winding roads, and it still handles very well when cornering.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Audi TT RS
- Audi RS5
- BMW 335i
- Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG