2021 Audi TT RS

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2021 Audi TT RS Review: The Symphony Of Sound

by Michael Butler

Audi builds fast cars, but it builds them differently. The legendary R8 is still steaming on with a naturally aspirated V10 engine, and the RS6 Avant is one of the most badass station wagons ever to grace US roads. Then there's this thing - the 2021 Audi TT RS - a hairdresser's Sunday cruiser turned supercar hunter. The third generation of the TT 2-door coupe is a sleek-looking vehicle and features the second-gen Rs in its lineup. This machine boasts more aggressive styling, a tweaked chassis and suspension setup, better brakes than the regular TT and TTS, and of course, a potent 2.5-liter 5-cylinder gas engine producing 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Pair these figures up with Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, and you have yourself a recipe for fun. The 2021 TT RS goes up against fellow Germans such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and BMW M2.

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2021 Audi TT RS Changes: What's the difference vs. 2020 Audi TT RS?

The 2021 Audi TT RS coupe sees a serious price increase of almost $5,000, but the good news is that it also comes with a ton of new standard gear, which you would have had to pay extra for last year. The exterior now features 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and the Black Optic package is also standard - adding several black exterior trim pieces. The interior now houses an in-dash navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, carbon fiber trim, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Pros and Cons

  • That five-cylinder engine
  • It punches above its weight class
  • It's a practical daily runner
  • Attractive interior
  • Stiff ride
  • It could be better equipped
  • Ever-increasing price

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2021 Audi TT RS Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5 TFSI quattro
2.5L Turbo Inline-5 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
2.5 TFSI quattro Heritage Edition
2.5L Turbo Inline-5 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 TT RS Exterior

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  • Length 165.0 in
  • Wheelbase 98.6 in
  • Height 52.9 in
  • Max Width 72.1 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 60.8 in
  • Curb Weight 3,329.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Kyalami Green
  • Stone Gray
  • Helios Blue
  • Tizian Red
  • Malachite Green
  • Alpine White
  • Nardo Gray
  • Turbo Blue
  • Pulse Orange

2021 TT RS Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.5L Turbo Inline-5 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

2021 TT RS Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.1 in
  • Front Head Room 37.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 28.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 33.8 in

2021 TT RS Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 TT RS Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Audi TT RS A Good Coupe?

The Audi TT platform has been honed for well over a decade into the capable machine it is today, and at the top of the pile sits the TT RS, a sharper and more exciting version of the already capable base and TTS models, The TT RS does what fast Audis do best: it launches out of the hole with ferocity, offers a beautifully built interior, and puts a smile on your face through the bends. Due to its re-tuned chassis, the RS is notably stiffer than the base model and even the sporty TTS, but we could live with it on a daily basis with no issues. The interior is refined and has the perfect amount of sporty touches to make it feel special, and the standard tech is on par with rivals, but we wish Audi would offer more standard driver-assistance systems. You won't find a safety rating review of the 2021 Audi TT RS, either, but you can depend on the reliability and good sense of the brand. At the end of the day, this car is an absolute weapon, even in the hands of inexperienced drivers, and that's exactly what makes it so great.

What 2021 Audi TT RS Model Should I Buy?

There's only one trim in the 2021 Audi TT RS lineup, so we would suggest looking at some of the options to make yours stand out. If we were buying, we'd go for one in Daytona Gray Pearl and add a sport exhaust, the electric retractable rear spoiler, and a set of OLED taillights. Not only does this make it look and sound better, but it has an impact on performance, too. On the inside, we'd add the RS Design interior package, which includes features such as leather upholstery with red accents, RS floor mats, and a 12-hour steering wheel marker.

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