The 2018 Audi TT RS is what we call a bargain exotic sports car. It's fast, beautiful to behold, and a total steal based on what it's capable of. There are numerous exotic sports cars that cost six figures but are actually slower than the TT RS, and that's where the surprise lies. For example, the $120K Porsche 911 GTS does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, but the humble TT RS will rocket to 60 in a mere 3.6 seconds, besting the 911 GTS and costing way less in the process.

You see, the TT RS costs a mere $64,900 (base MSRP), while others easily come close to or actually exceed that painful $100,000 price tag. The TT RS isn't just an engine and a body. You get more than you expect as standard equipment, and you can even option it out fully and still come in well under six figures. 

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Here's what you get standard in the 2018 Audi TT RS, and this is just a partial list:

  • 2.5-liter 5-cylinder TFSI turbocharged engine with 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with 155 mph top speed
  • 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering with Progressive Steering feature
  • Audi Magnetic Ride Suspension in front and back 
  • 14.6-inch ventilated eight-piston front disc brakes with 12.2-inch ventilated rear disc brakes
  • 22 city / 29 highway MPG
  • MMI touch with handwriting recognition touchpad
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • Audi sound system with 9-speakers, 155 watts, HD Radio, SiriusXM Radio with 90-day subscription
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Audi advanced key with keyless start/stop and entry
  • Parking system with rearview camera and front/rear acoustic parking sensors
  • Audi drive select with driving modes
  • Automatic wipers and headlights
  • Diamond-quilted Nappa leather sport seats with RS logo with 12-way power, heat, lumbar and power adjustable side-bolsters
  • Automatic climate control
  • Three-spoke multi-function flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Ambient LED interior lighting
  • Full LED lights
  • RS front fascia, side sills, and heated exterior mirrors
  • Fixed wing spoiler

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2018 Audi TT RS Interior

The driving experience is superb, and it easily beats cars that are heavier and more expensive. At 3,306 lbs, it's lighter than the 3,800-lb and $121,900 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe (and it's just as fast). The dual clutch transmission fires off changes faster than if you tried shifting yourself. What's more the power gets routed to the all-wheel drive system that defers 80 percent of power to the front wheels until your more spirited driving habits call for more rear traction, and the system will even brake the proper wheels for improved handling in corners. 

If you fully outfit the TT RS, it'll come in the mid-$70Ks, which still is remarkably good for what you get. There's no lack of high-grade materials, no shortcomings in the design department, and the steering and chassis are the best in the business. The whole package is one of the most impressive performance bargains in the industry right now, and the good thing is that the car sells in low numbers, so you'll be sure to be one of the few who actually owns one and knows that it's one seriously great automobile.

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