Is the Audi's 400 horsepower enough to put it over the top?
The 2017 Audi TT RS is a car we’re particularly bullish on. It looks great and performs even better thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system and turbocharged 400-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. From the outside the TT RS isn’t a direct competitor to the Mercedes-AMG A45 or Ford Focus RS. However, scratch the surface ever so slightly and you’ll soon see the similarities all three share: good looks, AWD and hopped-up engines. While a bit unconventional, this comparison of the three cars from Autocar is a great watch.
The trio are taken to a slippery track to see which performs best in the wet. The results are a bit surprising, at least to us. Check out the video to see what we mean.
The Audi is the most powerful car in the bunch, easily out punching the Focus RS’ 345 horsepower and the AMG’s 375 ponies. Of course sheer power doesn’t always win the day, especially when the road or track gets twisty. The Mercedes edges out the Audi by 1.2 seconds, with the TT RS beating the Focus RS by the exact same margin. It’s a bit shocking to hear someone behind the wheel of an Audi talk about having a lack of confidence when it comes to pushing the limits. Despite coming short here the TT RS is still a hell of a car and one we’d love to throw around on a rainy road.