• The Audi TT RS Says Goodbye to the U.S. Market

To bad these Heritage Editions cost way more than they should.

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When the Audi TT was released in America in the early 2000s, the styling and design were unlike anything we had seen before. It had a body that managed to be both futuristic and retro at the same time, not to mention it was one of the first examples of a manufacturer using headlights and taillights, not just as a necessity, but as a design feature.

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So, it is rather fitting that we say goodbye to the TT RS with a collection of purely aesthetic limited "Heritage Editions." Yes, 2022 will be the last model year for the hot TT RS.

Here’s the difference between a "normal" TT RS and a Heritage Edition

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Audi is taking the TT RS out of America with the Heritage Eddition.

There are several color and interior combinations:

  • Alpine White with Ocean Blue leather and Diamond Silver stitching
  • Helios Blue metallic with Diamond Silver leather and Ocean Blue stitching
  • Stone Gray metallic with Crimson Red leather and Jet Gray stitching
  • Tizian Red metallic with Havanna Brown leather and Jet Gray stitching
  • Malachite Green metallic with Cognac Brown leather and Black stitching

Some other visual modifications are five-spoke 20-inch wheels finished in black and white anthracite paint. The mirror caps are also finished in aluminum, along with black oval exhaust tips and no rear wing, just like the original TT. On the inside, the gearshift and steering wheel are wrapped in Alcantara, and the floormats are plastered with the RS logo.

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The color combinations are Alpine white, Helios Blue, Stone Gray, Tizian Red, and Malachite Green.

A nice example of attention to detail is the Heritage edition logo in the lower part of the rear-quarter window which also has the "1-2-4-5-3" firing order and a "Quattro" badge.

Audi is also only making ten examples of each combination, or 50 in total. So, at least it is exclusive, which it needs to be with an asking price of $81,450, not including the $1,045 destination charge. That is $8,250 more than a standard TT RS, which starts at $73,200, and that is steep, to begin with.

There are also no mechanical changes to the car. In a way that is a good thing because that means Audi has not tampered with the gloriously sounding 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo that can produce 394 horsepower (294 kW) and 354lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque. Since that power is sent through a seven-speed automatic gearbox and a Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the TT RS can travel from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 174 mph.

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The Heritage Edition starting price does not include the $1,045 destination fee.
Audi TT RS specifications
Engine 2.5-Liter Five-Cylinder
Transmission Seven-Speed DCT
Horsepower 394 HP
Torque 354 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.6 seconds
Top Speed 174 mph

However, we would have liked to see some extra power to give it a proper send-off, also we have seen the ridiculous power this engine can produce if you really push it.

The future of the TT

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Stone Gray comes with Crimson Red leather and Jet Gray stitching.

The Heritage Editions will go on sale in early 2022 and the TT RS will soldier on in other markets for the foreseeable future. Also, the TT S and standard TT will continue to be sold in the states through at least 2022.

However, the rumor mill has been whispering that all versions of the TT are nearing the end of their life and it would not really surprise anyone if the TT name ended up on an electric crossover.

Source: Audi.com

Josh Conturo
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