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Audi buffs up the TT with an RS trim (pictures)

The TT RS boasts one more cylinder than the standard Audi TT, and a whole bunch of horsepower. With standard all-wheel drive and magnetic ride suspension, this car is one fun ride.

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The current generation of the Audi TT has been around since 2006. For the 2012 model year, Audi makes an RS version available. RS stands for RennSport, a German phrase meaning Racing Sport.
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In its RS version, the TT uses the same small-coupe design with a very rounded cabin roofline, but gets lowered. It also boasts a black-painted grille and an aggressive lower front air intake.
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The TT RS gets Audi's signature row of LED parking lights.
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The TT RS' engine is impressive, a 2.5-liter with direct injection and a turbo making 360 horsepower.
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The TT RS should really be considered a two-seater with room for groceries behind the seats.
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Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system comes standard on the TT RS.
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The TT RS comes standard with Audi's magnetic ride suspension, which stiffens up the dampers at the touch of a button.
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Instead of the retractable spoiler of the standard TT, the TT RS gets this fixed spoiler.
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Technically, the TT RS is a hatchback, and offers quite a bit of easily accessible cargo space.
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As a premium car, the TT RS boasts power-adjustable seats for both driver and front passenger.
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Not only is the rear legroom minimal, there is no real headroom, so adults will have to bend forward.
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Audi only offers one tech package with the TT RS, bringing in navigation and digital audio sources.
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An electric power-steering system helps save fuel, but its tuning is imprecise.
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The voice command button activates the hands-free Bluetooth phone system.
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The LCD in center of the instrument cluster shows audio and phone information, as well as trip data.
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A six-speed manual is the only transmission available with the TT RS.
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The base electronics include this stereo system with satellite radio and a CD player.
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The base audio system includes nine speakers and a 140-watt amp, but it gets easily overwhelmed by road noise.

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