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RSS Review: 2012 Audi TTS

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Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Europe, Audi, New Car Reviews, LuxuryLearning To Love The TT Middle Child

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Before we get started down this rabbit hole, I feel obligated to come clean. I love the Audi TT RS. I love the top-tier TT the way nose bleeds love blow. The high-strung five-cylinder has carved out a warm nook in my bitter black heart because, at the end of the day, the TT RS is physical manifestation of what I thought the entire TT line should have been from the very start. When the first-generation model bowed in 1998, it did so as a powder-puff poser penned more to capitalize on the machine's Auto Union heritage than it did the performance lust of buyers looking for an all-wheel drive heathen. Here was a car with inarguably iconic styling saddled with all the pulse-quickening performance of someone else's cold oatmeal.

The TT has grown up considerably since those early days. Its lines have evolved from precise architectural arches into the organic curves of a well-toned body, and the TT RS supplies that skin with the kind of muscle that can scoot the coupe to 60 mph in a mere 4.1 seconds. If you're counting, that's within spitting distance of the same time laid down by the mighty R8.

So, with a base model happily capable of catering to the style-minded consumers of the world and the TT RS more than willing to serve under the heels of hardcore performance-oriented buyers, why bother offering the TTS at all? Because there's always something to be said for the middle ground.

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