2013 Audi TT RS Final Edition

Did you miss your opportunity to get one of the greats when they were new? Be it the last of the 993s, the 1M, or this car – the Audi TT RS – they’re packages we’re not likely to see again soon if ever. The 8J platform was already great, even in only 2.0T form – but up the power with the 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 and this stealthy coupe becomes a monster. Only around 1,300 of these TT RSs were sold between 2012 and 2013 and are already fan favorites. On its way out, though, Audi gave U.S. fans something special with the “Final Edition” cars. Around 30 of the final run of TT RSs were handed over to Audi Exclusive, where they received special interior and exterior treatments. Outside they were painted Nimbus Grey Pearl Effect and given the full Titanium Exhaust package treatment which came with the titanium exhaust, black optics grill and titanium “Rotor” wheels. Inside, they were outfit with two tone Crimson Red and Black leather interiors and a special “RS Plus” shift knob. They were also fully equipped with the Tech package which included navigation and heated front seats. The price for such luxury? Over $70,000 out the door. But today, you can have what is effectively a brand new on for some $20,000 less:

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2013 Audi TT RS

There are two ways to look at the TT RS. Either it’s a very expensive and over complicated Golf, or it’s a really cheap Porsche. Which camp you fall in to probably relates back to your general feelings about Audi’s engineering and platforms, but the VAG group has done a masterful job of filling nearly every conceivable niche with a specific model which suits the needs of a seemingly minuscule group of buyers. Consider, for just a moment, the number of 911 variants that Porsche offers. Not including color and interior variations (and forget Porsche’s individual program for a second), there are 21 variants of the 911 for sale in the U.S. right now. 21. That’s nuts. But that’s about on par with what Volkswagen has done with the Golf – producing not only the many Golf models, but also the Golf-based Jetta, A3, S3, Q3, Tiguan, Touran, Passat, several European Skodas, Seats, and – of course – the Audi TT. But while there are hot versions of the Golf available in a few different flavors, Audi took the TT RS to the next level, replacing the typical 2.0T motor with a 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-5 that hearkened back to the great 1980s designs. Sure, the motor was now transverse, and you can complain about that all you’d like. But the performance of the TT RS is undeniable – 0-60 in 3.6 seconds (with the DSG box), nearly 1 g on the skidpad and seemingly endless acceleration up to 175 m.p.h. from the 360 horsepower 5-pot. And, all of this was available for around $60,000. You also got a revised exterior with go-faster grills and plenty of special looking accents both inside and out. With only around 1,000 imported, exclusivity was guaranteed and these TT RSs are fan favorites already that are likely to retain a strong value in the marketplace:

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2013 Audi TT RS

There aren’t too many cars that I look at today and think that down the road they’ll be viable used cars. I can look back at the previous tech-heavy generation cars for the trends of what will occur – take the BMW E31 for example. Sure, it’s a really neat looking car, and the lure of the V12 is made even more appealing since you could get a manual transmission. But then there are the horror stories of the 15 or more computers that it takes to run all of the electronic systems, and I wonder how people will keep them running in the future. That’s even more compounded when you look at newer models. For example, about a month ago I took a trip out to Coventry Motorcar and drove their modified CL65 AMG. It was when new, and still is today, an amazing car with every sort of electronic gizmo possible, from heated, cooled and massaging seats to the twin-turbo V12 under the hood. It’s as if Mercedes-Benz took a Brookstone catalog and attached it to a Saturn V rocket. But can you imagine maintaining that car as it creeps towards 120,000 miles? I certainly can’t, and it’s a feeling I have about nearly all new luxury German cars.

There are a few exceptions, even in my favorite brand of Audi. While I’m not a fan of most of the models they’ve come out with recently in general, there are a few special ones that I’d consider owning down the road. It’s not that I don’t like or admire the cars; the performance of the new generation motors is stunning and the interiors and exteriors are, I think, the best in the business. It’s that I just can’t contemplate how you’d keep a new S8 running down the road.…

2012 Audi TT RS

 

If this was my car and I was the kind of person who went in for vanity plates I’d get COPMGNT because that’s what it is. A regular Audi TT isn’t exactly a head turner and the TT S doesn’t demand attention either. Both are fine looking cars but not nearly as fine as the fully hotted up RS version. Yes, I know the differences are subtle but the wider body, 19″ wheels, mesh grille and killer rear valance give the TT body the aggressive look I think it always should have had. Like many of the reviews say, the TT RS is more R8 than TT and I often debate which I’d rather have. I always end up landing on the R8 because gated manual. 

Speaking on manuals, the TT RS we got here in America only came with 3 pedals. Think about that for a second, a modern sports car in America with no automatic option only 3 years ago. If they were smart enough to do it then, why oh why can’t they be smart enough to offer an S3 with a stick now? Sorry to get off topic, sore subject as I’d go in for an S3 with a stick in a heartbeat, but I digress. Audi got a lot of things right with the TT RS, excellent 6spd manual, howling 2.5L inline-5 pushing out 360hp and 343 lb-ft in a 3,312 package. The car was quick, balanced and apparently had minimal understeer for an Audi. I would absolutely love to drive one of these but as they’re actually rather rare, the likelihood of that happening in the near future is slim to none. If you happen to own one of these cars and live in the greater Los Angeles area, please, let me drive your car?…

Future Classic: 2013 Audi TT RS

Recently I suggested that the first generation Audi TT was a classic in the making. Judging by the lack of comments, no one agreed with me. So, here’s my second suggestion for a future Audi classic – the return of the turbocharged inline-5 quattro coupe in the TT RS. In terms of performance, the TT RS was a massive step up, bringing the Audi up to Porsche levels of performance. With 335 horsepower, near instant torque and the Group B soundtrack wailing out the rear, these TTs are an impressive package. I got to drive one two years ago on an ice track and when you got it straight and into the loud pedal it was simply a monster – making huge leaps and bounds forward. You really had to plan ahead – one second on the throttle seemed to translate into five seconds on the brakes. If this car doesn’t give you chills when you floor it, nothing will. Coupled with a manual transmission, this package may be one of the last great “analogue” products from Audi:

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4WD Week Wednesday Wheels: Snow Patrol for Quattros

All wheel drive is great, but math doesn’t lie – 4×0=0, and if you’re running sticky wide rubber on your performance Audi in the white stuff you’ll find it’s almost as bad as some of the cars Audi drivers love to claim superiority over in adverse conditions. Indeed, it’s a bit of a running joke in New England – for quite some time, the first cars you’d see in the ditch would be 4WD SUVs and Audi Quattros, sliding off the road with insufficient grip. Sure, you can go just fine, but you won’t be able to turn or stop any better, meaning you’ll just get to the scene of the accident all that quicker. The solution is to have some dedicated snow tires, and the easiest way to make that change over is to grab a wheel and tire package for your car. Here are a few today, starting with some TT wheels and popular Bridgestone Blizzaks:

Year: 2007 up
Model: TT Mk. 2
Diameter: 16″
Width: 7″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 51
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Bridgestone Blizzak 205-55-16
Price: $550 Buy It Now

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These are great snow tires and rims.

For $550, these wheels alone would be worth the price of entry. They’re a rare variation on the “Fat Five” design and look pretty neat. Throw in some mounted and balanced tires and that’s an easy solution to snow woes. Need something for your A4, A5 or A6? How about some factory B8 sport wheels?

Year: 2009 up
Model: A4, A5, A6
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5×112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 225-45-18
Price: $ Buy It Now

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a complete set of 18 Audi wheel and tire package!

2013 Audi TTRS

It’s back ladies and gentlemen, and the past 20 years have certainly been kind. Not since the UR cars of the ’90s has Audi used the turbocharged inline 5 to power its performance line and oh has it been missed. Based loosly on the VAG 2.5l found in the base model Golf or Jetta, the similarities end basically at the cast iron block.

For the TTRS, Audi had added a turbocharger, TSFI injection and a 10.1-to-1 compression ratio all adding up to an impressive 360 bhp, 343 lb/ft of torque. Mated to the 6 speed manual gearbox, and Quattro AWD, the TTRS will go 0-60 in the 4 second range, and top out at 174mph. All in, the TTRS puts down numbers that give the R8 a run for its money…at almost half the price.

This practically brand new TTRS for sale in Fort Worth, Texas is a black beauty worth taking a look at.

Year: 2013
Model: TTRS
Engine: 2.5 inline five
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 1,103 mi
Price: $64,685

2013 Audi TTRS on eBay

Condition: Used: A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title.
VIN: TRUB3AFK0D1900188
Year: 2013
Make: Audi
Warranty: Vehicle has an existing warranty
Model: TT
Vehicle Title: Clear
Engine: 5
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Mileage: 1,103
For Sale By: Dealer
Sub Model: RS Coupe
Disability Equipped: No
Exterior Color: Black
Doors: 2
Interior Color: Black
Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
Transmission: Manual
Inspection: Vehicle has been inspected
Body Type: Coupe

This TTRS is a far cry from your average TT.  Often viewed as a squished VW beetle, the TT is a very polarizing car. As a sports coupe, it’s adequate, but not the top of its class. As a cool little runabout it’s a great, usable little car. The TTRS, blows all previous perceptions out of the water, making this an amazing performer and diffrentiating itself from the beetle with a sledge hammer of an engine.…