Well, itís officialÖ I traded in my Cayman S this weekend and took delivery of my new TT-RS. Iím seriously stoked!!! The specs:
Suzuka Gray Pearl, Titanium package wheels with black leather interior. Options are pretty basic: Most importantly, the sports exhaust (which comes w/ the titanium package), and heated seats. I skipped the MMI/navigation package because, frankly, I really wasnít that impressed with it. Itís the same system used in the A3ís for the past few years and nowhere near as good as the MMI in my wifeís A5. Iíll be searching the aftermarket for a good replacement with nav, etc. and hopefully end up with a far better system. The review: The exterior:
If you havenít seen one of these in the flesh, I recommend you do so. It is so much less ďTT-ishĒ in person and you really notice all the little exterior improvements that really make this car worth of the RS badge. This car has gotten a ton of looks in these first couple days, and Iíve even had two separate occasions of people catching up to me on the highway to snap a pic (never had that in my Cayman S). The Suzuka Gray color is outstanding. In photos it often comes off looking white, but once you see it next to anything white in color, you realize just how different it is. The colors drastically change depending on light conditions from a white to silver/gray to a blueish hue. Itís really a fantastic color and I couldnít be happier with it. And, to me, the titanium wheels really set the whole package off. Where I was truly sold on the exterior looks was when I ended up parking it right next to my Cayman after the test drive. Seeing them side-by-side, the TT-RS just seems to have so much more Ďpresence.í The interior:
Typical Audi perfection. There are a couple extra leather and aluminum bits added over the standard TT / TT-S interior that really make this driverís seat a great place to be. The seats are extremely comfortable and supportive. Theyíre not quite as snug as the sport seats in my CS were and I do move a bit during tight corning maneuvers, but since this is a daily driver, Iím actually quite pleased with the increased room for comfort. Iím a fairly big guy at 6í3Ē and feel as though there is a bit more headroom than my CS and lots more leg room. The flat-bottom RS steering wheel is also a fantastic piece. Itís nice & think and feels just right in my hands. In all, the interior of this car makes for a much better touring car than my CS did -- I should note, realizing the CS was never meant to be a tourer, I never had any problems using the CS for long trips; itís just that the TT-RS is that much better, and I figured itís helpful to compare them, since theyíre both pretty much in the same market segment. The performance:
Itís quick -- surprisingly quick. The TT-RS feels substantially quicker than the Cayman S was Ė particularly because, in paper, it is. Thereís minimal turbo lag both accelerating quickly from a stop or even freeway passing/cruising. However, when the turbo does spool up, it absolutely kicks. Even under Ďnormalí driving, the TT-RS also builds speed so effortlessly. Itís easy to stray into triple digit territory without actually knowing it.
And then thereís the sound Ė oh that luscious i-5 sound. From its low rumble at idle, to the way it bellows on the way up to redline, this car has the most intoxicating sound of anything Iíve ever driven (well, except for my buddyís Ferrari 360!). I basically leave the car in Sport mode all the time which, for those that donít know, opens up the flap that normally seals the left exhaust pipe and releases all of that aural goodness.
The sport button also sharpens throttle response, but not nearly to the degree that the Sport Chrono did in my CS. The TT-RS sport mode is much more liveable for everyday city/highway driving. The sport mode also firms the suspension, but again itís extremely liveable in daily driving conditions. Driving this car on Connecticutís notoriously crappy road surfaces, the magnetic suspension soaks up the bumps brilliantly, while still providing tons of feedback and a bare minimum of body roll. Large bumps in the road that would normally jar & even make the CS jittery and skiddish, are much more comfortably dealt with in the TT-RS, all while staying firmly planted. Overall, the RS just feels much more sure footed.
The handling is pretty much on par (so far) compared to the Cayman S. There is just so much grip available with this car, itís ridiculous. Now, Iím admittedly far from an expert driver, but the RS instills so much confidence that itís just silly. Itís really a point & shoot sort of experience. The steering feel, due to the electronically variable unit, is extremely light and almost luxury car-like at slow speeds and really firms up nicely when the speedo needle starts to climb.
Sorry for the long-winded review Ė I was trying to get all of my thoughts out at once. And, in doing so, Iím sure Iíve also missed a few items here and there. Please feel free to ask any questions and Iíll be more than happy to answer. Cliff notes:
Itís awesome. The pics:
I havenít done a proper introductory photoshoot yet. Iíve been too damn busy driving this little beasty. Here are a few snaps from yesterday evening. Unfortunately, I only had my little PnS on me, but Iíll try to get some better pics, including interior shorts, soon.