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2021 Audi TT RS Coupe Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist

August 14, 2020 at 09:41 AM

Surviving one more year, the 2021 Audi TT RS is all set to hit the stores next year. The iconic coupe though will be carried over unchanged from its model but will get some minor cosmetic tweaks. Prices for the 2021 Audi TT RS is also most likely to be the same as its current 2020 model.

Been around since 2000, the TT has well served as the go-to car for low-budget premium sports car enthusiasts. Over the years, the compact coupe has undergone several changes and currently is in its third-generation, unveiled in 2016. The third-generation Audi TT is undoubtedly more slick, premium and sporty than all of its predecessors. Thanks to the subtle upgrades in the following years since its unveiling in 2016. Despite packing a good value for its price though, the Audi TT is heading towards the “dismantle shop” with rumors around that the 2020 model would be the final year of the TT.

However, going against all odds, Audi has recently revealed that the TT would survive for some more time and the German marque also hinted at the 2021 Audi TT and TTS. No great changes and mostly unchanged, the 2021 Audi TT lineup does get some minor additions. Though things are not very clear around the 2021 Audi TT RS, based on leaks and speculations it should join the 2021 party with similar updates as the TT and TTS. With that being said, we take a quick look here at the 2021 Audi TT RS.

What’s New with the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe?

  • Updated tech suite
  • Nappa leather upholstery

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe?

 No official statement from Audi so far, but the 2021 Audi TT is expected to release somewhere in early 2021. Courtesy of the ongoing Pandemic and the prevailing market scenario. However, even with minute updates, the 2021 Audi TT gets no price bump and would cost exactly the same as its 2020 model.

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe?

The TT RS will be the most powerful car that is going to wear the TT badge. So it makes sense for Audi to put a 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder engine. The engine produces 394 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers through all the four wheels. The engine is unusually happy to rev and the auto gearbox is snappy in its function. It is really eager to downshift whenever you need that extra surge of power and what follows is you getting sucked into your seat more.

The throttle is delightfully tuned so it knows exactly when you want to be an immediate athlete and when a comfortable cruiser. There is no manual transmission on offer just so you know and it is a proper sports coupe and a quick one at it.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe (Expected)

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Base MSRP

$66,970

$63,700

$70,850

$69,900

Engine

2.5L turbocharged I5

3.0L I8

6.2L V8

2.5L Turbocharged flat-4

Transmission

7-Speed automated manual

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed automated manual

6-Speed manual

Horsepower

394 @ 5850

382 @ 5500

490 @ 6450

350 @ 6500

Torque

354 @ 1700

368@ 1850

465 @ 5150

309 @ 1900

0-60 (sec)

3.6

3.8

2.8

4.0

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.9

12.4

11.3

12.3

*2020 numbers used for reference

The TT RS is the second most powerful as it is the Corvette with a fire-breathing V8 which puts out the most impressive figures and is marginally quicker in comparison too.

How does the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe handle?

One thing is certain for every Audi you drive and that is the ride quality which will always be nothing short of awesome. Audi has paid special attention to driving pleasure too so apart from the exceptional ride quality, the steering feedback has also been tweaked. Any person who sits behind the wheel would want to drive them for more and more. The overall ride of the TT keeps getting better every year since it is one of the top priorities for Audi so this model year is no exception too. the steering feedback is also very accurate which certainly helps to handle the car in tight maneuvers and parking situations.

The car is fitted with standard adaptive dampers that are responsible for the exceptionally stable and planted feel of the car. even inexperienced drivers will feel confident in tossing the car around the twisties in barely legal speeds. Those who wants to take it to the limits say the race track can also opt for the Dynamic Plus package.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe deliver?

Being a sports coupe, the fuel economy of this car is really un-sports-coupe like. The car is quite efficient and sips on fuel intelligently. If not anything more, you will find that the mpg figures are better than some of the sedans out there for the most part.

Models

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe*

2020 BMW Z4 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

MPG (city)

19

24

15

16

MPG (highway)

29

31

27

26

MPG (combined)

23

26

19

19

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

14.5

13.7

18.5

16.9

Range(city/highway)(miles)

275.5/420.5/333.5

328.8/424.7/356.2

277.5/499.5/351.5

270.4/439.4/321.1

*2020 numbers used for reference

The Z4 is the most frugal car off the lot, the Corvette gets a very large fuel tank suitable for road trips. If you are taking the TT RS for those trips then be mindful of the fuel consumption although the car is pretty efficient.

What to expect from the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe’s interior?

Audi is one of the biggest names in the German automotive industry when it comes to the interiors. The Nappa leather seats are standard now, the diamond stitching and the well-integrated aluminum trims come together to give a well-integrated design. But this is after all a sports coupe so luxury sedan like features which include a power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a memory function for the driver and front-passenger seats are given a miss.

The back row is nearly unusable, no person should be given the punishment to sit in the back seats, they are good for some bags and that's all. Sensible drivers would fold those seats down to store some cargo so that at least they are put to some good use.

Now that we mentioned it, rear seats folded down and the RS Coupe is one of the most usable vehicles out there. The cargo compartment in itself is sufficiently large but it's not very tall. Free advice, use the rear seats as well for your cargo, they aren’t of much use anyway.

Model

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe*

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Passenger Capacity

4

2

2

2

Front(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.1/53.6/41.1

38.9/54.3/42.2

37.9/54.4/42.8

37.2/53.2/42.0

Second(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

33.8/47.1/28.9

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.0

9.9

12.6

14.9

*2020 numbers used for reference

Only the TT RS has a rear row in this comparison, but it is nearly unusable, but the rear row can be doubled up as pretty useful cargo space.

2021 Audi TT RS Coupe: Infotainment System and Connectivity

The 2020 TT RS was already a car fully loaded so that the entertainment part can be taken care of. Smartphone-mirroring functions and a premium audio system have been included as standard options that make connectivity and audio experience mile better than before. The 12.3-inch cockpit display is impressive and the infotainment is a fruitful proposition, now with the addition of connectivity apps, the infotainment has finally received what it lacked before; ease of use.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe?

These seem to be no changes to the exterior of the Audi TT RS Coupe apart from the new wheel options. Many enthusiasts won't exactly be sad because of that as the TT RS was always a stunning and eye-catching car to look at. The curves only add to the aesthetic of the car. The four-ring logo adorned at the top of the hood completes the visual balance the front fascia has. As you go more towards the rear, you will find plenty of inspirations from the TT’s of the old, especially form those of the previous decade. Audi has cleverly put s cuts in the design of the exterior to make it look as appealing as it is to drive.

Model

2020 Audi TT RS Coupe*

2020 BMW Z4

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

3296

3457

3535

3087

Length (in.)

165.0

170.7

182.3

172.4

Width (in.)

72.1

73.4

76.1

70.9

Height (in.)

52.9

51.3

48.6

51.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

5.1

5.3

4.5

Wheelbase (in.)

98.6

97.2

107.2

97.4

*2020 numbers used for reference

The TT RS is small in comparison to the rest of the cars, the Corvette is the longest which corresponds to better legroom.

Will the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe be worth my money and time?

If you have always wanted a TT, the most raucous of them then the 2021 Audi TT RS Coupe is for you. A rev-happy engine and an addictive soundtrack are what is is all about. Not only is the car ferociously quick, it handles extremely well, it may not be as good as some of its rivals but most people driving the TT would not ask for more. The car is fairly easy to drive fast, and it has predictable performance characteristics. On the inside, the car is now stacked with more infotainment tech, however, those in need of more luxury tech might be quite disappointed with it. nevertheless, the all-digital gauge display is useful and now connectivity is easy. The rear seats are unusable so those concerned with that should keep that in mind. Overall, this remains a car that might lack the charisma of its competitors but has big power and deft handling along with some aggressive styling to make up for it.

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