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Audi TT RS Coupe: Baby Audi R8?

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The Lovely Audi TT RS Coupe

Why aren't people buying this car? I'm serious. I mean I know. Everyone wants the Audi R8, but just look at this thing. Isn't it lovely to look at? I should like to point out that Audi, for all intents and purposes, are built mainly for businessmen and women who've just started out with their wealth. Sort of what you'd call "new money." Not too fancy, not too sporty. Just right.

Sort of like buying a Toyota. It's good for everyday use but since you're more wealthy than most, you take a not-so-obvious choice while staying clear of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

I know, it doesn't exactly match because Audi is its own luxury brand unless you consider its sister company, Lamborghini. Though, I'd be surprised if Lamborghini built a luxury sedan. Ha!

But, like Toyota, their luxury brand Lexus built the LFA, which was completely the opposite of what Lexus stood for. The Audi, then, is the opposite of the R8, am I right?

Well, no.

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You see, when the TT came out some time in the late '90s, it was built as a hairdresser's car and nothing more. Many of the models back then were convertibles but they also had hardtop coupes. But most people associated the TT with soft top convertibles and hairdressers. Some people even thought that "TT" stood for Targa Top.

But it eventually evolved to a supercar beating machine we see today. Don't doubt for a moment that this thing is slow. The 2.5L turbocharged inline five cylinder engine produces 394 horsepower and 354 pounds feet of torque which is able to accelerate this car from a full bore standing start to sixty in just, get this, 3.7 seconds. This is thanks to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox. This gearbox is also responsible for the near instantaneous gear changes (as is common with DCTs).

That's almost as fast as a Ferrari F430 at 3.5 seconds. The top speed of the TT RS is 179 miles an hour. And that's the speed limiter. The reason why it's limited is because it suffers from the dreaded death wobble at high speeds. I think this is one of the reasons why nobody is buying it.

Add to that an engine mounted slightly in front of the front axles. Everyone in the car industry knows if you get a car with the engine in front of the front axle, that's a recipe for disaster. Why, you might ask?

Because it offsets the balance and center of gravity and thus performs poorly when you turn corners. Yes, this car may have a lightweight aluminum engine, block but it just doesn't look right.

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Nevertheless, I was able to obtain such a rare car and I have to say, the unit I asked for came in the color I requested - Kayalami Green. I know quite a lot of you seem to hate the color green for cars. But I think it's the most beautiful color on a car because it stands out. I mean, it's a sports car. It already stands out, might as well buy it in a color that stands out.

If you buy a supercar in a darkish color, what are you saying about yourself? You're dull and boring and just buying the car because you have no personality? I don't know about you, but I want a bright color on my supercar.

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Now then, to the car. God, it's gorgeous. This does come with keyless entry so all you've got to do is stand next to the car and voila. Open says me. The seat feels a bit comfy I suppose. It's got a semi bucket seat in here and the all-black interior is made of surprisingly high-quality plastics.

Bear in mind, this doesn't have an infotainment system, but why would you when you can hear the roar of that Inline Five? It's the only car in the market right now with a five cylinder engine. I know, Volvo and Ford used to make it with the 2004 S60 and Ranger T6, but they're not in production anymore.

Make no mistake, the sound this thing makes will make old people fart in their sleep. No, I promise you. The firing order of the engine is 1-2-4-5-3 and it makes the same glorious noise as the R8 V10 and the Huracan.

Mind you, this has a relatively spacious trunk so it's great on the track and can be used as a daily driver. And since the engine is mounted in the front, you could even use this as a grand tourer. Anyway, I was told to buy milk and some fruit and I shall now head over to my local Walmart.

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Goodness! I haven't even stepped on the accelerator that much but it's already trying to get me killed. Ok, let's be serious in this car. So the aircon is quite cold. The steering wheel is a bit in the middle, not too hard and neither is it too soft. The flappy paddles are easy to reach and the gear changes are quick.

The suspension is a bit rough, I have to say, but that's fine. This was built for the track, not the road. After my errand, I think I'm going to the track again, as I always do.

Which is right now.

Now, if you don't mind, I'll be using Dynamic mode and the gearbox into Sport mode, which engages manual mode. Left foot on the brake. Floor the throttle and—

My goodness! The power of the acceleration is so strong that my body parts are pushed behind me. It's just sickening in more ways than one! But that's the beauty of it. This car was designed to rip your body in half without even touching you.

The brakes are good as well and I'm downshifting into the corner and I'm not getting as much body roll or understeer as I was expecting. If I'm honest, the understeer was quite minimal.

Sadly, my time on this track will be quite short as it's almost dark and I got stuck in traffic on the way home from Walmart. But for seventy five grand, it's totally bonkers!

I don't understand why people don't want to buy this car. I just don't. And because people aren't buying it and because mental enviro people keep pushing for electric cars, this is the last generation of TT RS we'll ever see. In fact, Audi is going to kill this car in 2023.

I mean, everyone wants the R8, no questions about that. But when a car like this that costs only $75,000 and performs nearly as good as the R8 V10 Plus, is it really worth spending twice that? The R8 can do naught to sixty in three seconds flat. Granted, the $150,000 for an R8 is just the RWD model. You'll have to spend about $200,000 for the Quattro equipped version.

But are you really willing to spend twice or even thrice the money for a point seven second difference in acceleration? I definitely never would. Top speed is irrelevant, really, because there's few places on earth where you can actually max out your car.

The TT RS Coupe, then, is an actual, genuine baby R8.

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