The price increase is definitely worth it.
The one and only Audi TT RS returns for the 2021 model year with a few modest changes that increase the price tag by nearly $5,000 ($4,950, to be exact). That's not a small amount, even for a high-performance sports car such as this, but we think the updates justify the now $73,545 starting price. Audi has given the coupe more standard equipment, such as some black exterior trim, and Apply CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Owners will also benefit from standard red brakes and 20-inch Audi Sport wheels wearing all-season tires.
The interior has standard carbon fiber inlays on the center console and doors, a Bang and Olufsen stereo system, along with the familiar MMI infotainment system with Audi Connect and navigation. Lane-change assist also now comes at no additional cost.
What's new for 2021, however, is an optional sport exhaust with black tips, which goes quite nicely with the new black trim elements. Like last year, the TT RS, only available as a coupe, is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. No manual is offered but the dual-clutch is so good there's really no need for a third pedal.
Performance is mighty impressive with a claimed 0-60 mph time of only 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The TT RS, however, isn't so much a straight line racer but rather a track toy and canyon carver thanks to standard adaptive magnetic dampers and a sport suspension.
Stopping power comes from huge 14.6-inch brake discs at the front that are clamped down by eight-piston calipers, while the rear has 12.2-inch rotors with smaller calipers. Everything else we loved from last year is carried over, including the 12.3-inch information display, Nappa leather, brushed aluminum trim, and LED exterior lighting.
Because of its sports car nature, the TT RS lacks some modern creature comforts such as dual-zone automatic climate control and forward-collision warning. We doubt most buyers even care, let alone notice.