2012 Audi TT RS – The Car That Interrupted My Jaded-ness

 

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Here at Pure Pursuit, we get pretty spoiled.

From where I am currently sitting, I get to look at an Alpina B7, a 911 Turbo, and a CLS 63 AMG.The Maserati and the CL65 are around the corner, so I’d actually have to get out of my chair to see those. When I first started working here, I was just blown away by every single car that rolled through the door. We’re talking full on giddy schoolgirl, Bieber-fever behavior. Most of what we brought in, I had never even seen in person, let alone driven. But that was a couple of years ago.

Now, I’m used to this level of car being an everyday occurrence. Oh, it’s another twin turbocharged V8 Mercedes? Yawn. That’s not to say that I don’t have immense respect for them, but it no longer excites me the way it used to. First world problems, right? The super sedan with over five hundred freaking horsepower isn’t interesting enough for me? How pretentious does that make me sound?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just that I want more power. I mean, I’m certainly not going to turn it down, but that’s not the whole picture. Granted, cars that try to spin the tires at anything less than highway speeds are still hilarious. No, I’m not after sheer speed, I’m after novelty. I love cars that are quirky, even if that means they are flawed. My own Mini Cooper S is possibly the least reliable vehicle I’ve ever owned, but it has character.

 

I blame my father for this obsession with unusual cars.

If you find one of those “10 Worst Cars Ever Sold in America” clickbait articles, the odds are, he’s owned at least half of those. We’re talking things like the Chevette, Vega, and Impulse. It doesn’t need to be a “good” car, but it needs to be an “interesting” car. Give me an odd engine configuration, or bizarre styling, or just a new idea.

That’s why our newest acquisition piqued my interest, as well as that of most of our team. Here’s the ingredients list: all-wheel drive, six speed manual transmission, five cylinder engine, a big honking turbo, and a selection of hardware and software from the tuning gurus at APR. Come on. How can you not be intrigued by that combination? I’ve never driven anything with an odd number of cylinders, but I do have a weakness for the Triumph Street Triple.

 

For those of you who haven’t guessed, it’s a 2012 Audi TT RS.

Personally, I love the car. It is shockingly quick, and makes all sorts of delicious turbo noises. Sure, some people might think that’s a bit too “Fast and Furious”, but I’m a child, and can’t get enough of the various chirps and whistles. Yes, the car performs amazingly well, but that’s almost not even the point. It has retina snatching Sepang Blue paint, a manual transmission, a creamy smooth five cylinder, and makes hilarious noises. With all of that, plus a typically perfect Audi interior, I’d love it even if it was slow.

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Luckily, it’s not slow. But the speed isn’t the point, or at least not all of it. Everything in our showroom is fast. Five and six hundred horsepower cars are an everyday occurrence. But very few of those inspire the same degree of infatuation that I feel for this little coupe, that doesn’t even have five hundred horsepower. Why is that? We’ve had plenty of cars with more power. We’ve also had cars more luxurious. Heck, we even have cars that are both of those at the same time. I’m looking at you, Alpina.

But I love the TT RS more than almost anything else in our current showroom. In a sea of conservatively styled black and silver luxury sedans, the Audi stands out in shocking contrast. The blue paint grabs your eye, and the low slung body looks like nothing else. The first generation TT had a reputation for being a bit soft, and a bit too much of a “girl’s car”, but I think this second generation car looks just perfect. But then again, I drive a Mini, which is also considered a girly car. I just like stylish coupes, ok?

As for the five cylinder engine, it is silky smooth the whole way through the rev range. I know that in practical terms, there’s not a great deal of difference between an inline five, and an inline six. The vast majority of people will not be able to tell a difference in the way they feel. But there’s just a degree of novelty in having an unusual number of cylinders.

“Oh, is that a V6?”

“No, it’s an I5.”

“A what, now?”

 

Being able to confuse people’s expectations never gets old.

With a lot of turbocharged engines, you lose out on a lot of the drama. The turbo itself acts as a giant muffler, cutting out almost all of the noise. Luckily, the aftermarket has come to the rescue here, and has jazzed things up a notch. The goodies from APR and Revo introduce all sorts of fun noises back into the game. Everyone loves turbo noises. Everyone. You know how when you were a kid, you would make racecar noises with your mouth while riding your little red wagon? This sounds just like that.

Not our video, but captures the sounds nicely. Nice shot jean shorts guy!

So while the TT RS is certainly a fast car, it’s not as powerful as the CL65. While it is luxurious, it’s not as chock full of features as the B7. While it is stylish, it’s not going to stop traffic like the Maserati. But none of that matters. The Audi has character. I know that sounds silly, for a German car to have character, but it really does. Driving it is always an event. It’s an experience. Life is too short to drive boring cars. Buy something fun. Buy something weird. Buy something that makes your neighbors ask “what on earth is that?” When everybody else is following the same formula, every once in awhile, a manufacturer decides to try something different. It’s time we support that creativity.

About Pure Pursuit:

Pure Pursuit is Kansas City’s premier Luxury Sports Car Dealer. We Specialize in Mercedes- Benz AMG’s, BMW M’s, Audi S/RS, Porsche Turbo/S, and more. We ship Worldwide, and deliver concierge-level service that customers are raving about. See For Yourself Here!

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About The Author:

Andrew Fails is an enthusiast to the core. His favorite past-time is photographing and testing out rare, sport-badged beasts. He has written for multiple publications, but none more dear to his heart than Pure Pursuit. When he’s not writing, photographing, and cruising in AMG’s, M’s and more, he can be found frequenting local hot spots with up and coming band activity, if he’s not at home cuddling with kitties.

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