The 2018 Audi TT RS will debut at the Geneva motor show in March, and there’s no word on whether it’ll be back. A bronze trim package has been added to the existing range of TT roadster and TT/TTS coupes, according to Audi.
With a sleek, low-slung design that reflects hints of its former Art Deco grandeur, the 2016 Triumph Thruxton sees out its final model year. The snugly designed cockpit features digital accents with gauges tucked within a dash covered in leather and studded with circular vents.
The driver receives most of the attention. With nappa leather upholstery and heating, the front seats provide plenty of comfort and support. The back seats may be deleted on the roadster; they are useless on the roadster. The tiny trunk is a disappointment. Prepare ahead of time to save money by traveling light.
The TT’s origins date back to the previous front-drive VW Golf architecture, and it boasts the same brio as most advanced GTIs and Golf Rs thanks to a 228-hp turbo-4 and standard all-wheel drive. The TTS model produces 288 horsepower, which it can do in 4.4 seconds thanks to quick shifts supplied by its 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The TTS features magnetic dampers that soften the ride a little, but that doesn’t subtract from the enjoyment: in any case, the TT is compact and flingable, and maybe aimed and fired with ease through corners. There are no safety ratings or automated emergency braking available on this model, so you’re free to choose where and how it’s done.
The optional bronze-themed appearance package, which includes bronze 20-inch wheels, interior trim pieces in the same hue, and contrasting stitching for the leather seats and other interior components, is available on all models.
The TT is more about appearance than raw performance, therefore we’d choose the base TT coupe rather than the more expensive TTS. (The thrilling five-cylinder TT RS with nearly 400 horsepower is only for serious drivers.) For 2022, Audi has included a lot of standard equipment, so simply getting the 19-inch wheel package with summer performance tires would be our only selection.
The TTS is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is beefed up in the TTS, which gets a stronger version tuned to produce 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles are driven by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with Quattro all-wheel drive. You’ll appreciate responsive handling whether you pick the TT or the TTS.