2013 Audi TT RS Review – Compares Favorably to the Porsche Boxter

2013 Audi TT RS

Audi have recently announced plans to come up with a new model of the TT which is designed to rival the latest Porsche Boxster and Cayman models.  This next generation Audi TT comes in a new special design and will be called the Audi TT RS for 2013.  The new Audi model was first seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show where visitors to the Audi stand we able to check out the coupe and convertible versions as well as two other new Audi models with the A3 and RS4 Avant.  The new Audi TT RS is designed to be a direct competitor to Porsche, and the Audi engineers have made some vast improvements to the engine when compared to previous TT generations.

2013 Audi TT RS 2013 Audi TT RS Review   Compares Favorably to the Porsche Boxter

High Performance Engine

Looking under the bonnet, the Audi TT RS comes with a 2.5 liter turbo engine which manages to generate 355 horse power and a meaty and 465 Nm of torque.  This is an increase of 20 horse power and 15 Nm when compared to the models from a few years ago.  Comparing this to the Porsche Boxster S is quite fun, because the new Audi TT now has a more powerful engine than the other German brand which should help to set it apart for potential buyers.  You won’t need to worry about loud engine noise either, because it is fitted with a high performance muffler – which makes a huge difference: not only to you in when driving the car… but also your neighbors!

Audi TT RS in 2013 under the hood 2013 Audi TT RS Review   Compares Favorably to the Porsche Boxter

One of the Quickest Cars on the Road

Just like previous generations of the Audi TT, the 2013 version is four wheel drive and use a manual transmission six speed gear box, or you can opt for a seven speed automatic depending on your preference and budget.  Both versions are designed to provide a power boost when pulling away or when maintaining speed on the straight such as on highways.  Audi are promising that the acceleration will hit one hundred kilometers per hour in just over four seconds (4.1 seconds to be precise).  With a top speed of 278 kilometers per hour there won’t be many cars who will be able to match it for pure power – and this top speed tops the older Audi TT models by 28 kilometers per hour.

Audi TT RS in 2013 dashboard 2013 Audi TT RS Review   Compares Favorably to the Porsche Boxter

Impressive Fuel Consumption and Suspension

In terms of fuel consumption, the 2013 Audi TT is very impressive too.  It clocks in at just seven liters, which compares favorably to the Porsche Boxster.  (In terms of speed comparisons the Porsche runs at 0 to 100 kmph in 5 seconds, and has a top speed of 270).  Other advances with this new arrival include a modified suspension all held up on 19 inch alloy sports wheels including better brakes to handle the increased performance levels.

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High-End Design with New Features for 2013

When it comes to design quality, Audi always deliver and has a fine and long established heritage for doing so.  The new TT model makes an effort not to look like previous generations and includes items such as a new bumper and grille and has many carbon components which are designed to make it as lightweight and as quick as possible.  The rear of the car has a new smaller spoiler which has been refined in order to help it hit those high speeds we mentioned earlier and overall looks like one of the sleekest sports cars that are going to come onto the market over the next 12 months or so.

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Includes the New Audi Navigation System GPS

Inside the car you really see the quality of workmanship.  It’s got a luxury feel and makes use of brushed steel and plastics to give a very cool look.  Technology wise it comes with some superb optional extras too – one of which needs particularly attention being the Audi Navigation System and entertainment console.  This lets the driver navigate using GPS and can be operated via voice commands so is completely hands free.  The Audi Navigation System runs off very reliable Navteq maps although one hidden cost will be updating the maps every year.  In order to keep the system up to date with road changes, the driver will need to order new Audi Navigation System updates from Navteq.  These come on the Audi Navigation DVD and typically retail at about $150 US Dollars.  Each Audi Navigation DVD contains new maps, roads, and points of interest files.

2013 Audi TT RS Interior 2013 Audi TT RS Review   Compares Favorably to the Porsche Boxter

Pricing and Pre-Orders Available

It goes on sale in spring of 2013, with orders ready to be taken by official Audi dealers this summer.  In terms of pricing don’t expect to pay anything less than around $80,000 US Dollars, or around 60,000 Euros on the European mainland.  The coupe and roadster versions will probably be a little bit more expensive.

Thanks to: This 2013 Audi TT RS review was written and compiled by Bob Simmons from the GPSNavigationDVD.net website.  Bob’s website specializes in GPS map updates for drivers who own cars with dashboard navigation included.  In terms of Audi, the website has a section dedicated to the Audi Navigation DVD 2012 – so check that out should you already own an Audi, or bookmark it for future reference should you decide to purchase the new Audi TT RS in 2013.

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