Besides being the most expensive, the TTS is also the most powerful and the fastest car built on the MQB platform. Its 2.0 TFSI engine produces 310 PS, 10 more than the one used by the S3. Peak torque of 380 NM (280 lb-ft) is available from 1,700rpm.
Because it's also lighter, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes only 4.7 seconds, fractionally faster than any S3 or Golf R model. Top speed remains electronically limited at 250 km/h. However, both the RS3 and TT RS will be faster, thanks to a 2.5-liter TFSI engine producing 367 PS, if not more. But neither of these models will be available until next year.
However, in becoming the ultimate Audi, the new TTS does encounter some stiff opposition. The Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG brings its 360 PS output for nearly the same money: €49,980. Besides having the better badge, it also has a regular hatchback body with five practical doors and a big boot, not to mention the extra power. BMW's excellent M235i with its 3-liter 326 PS engine can also be ordered from as little as €43,750. It's a very competitive market, but we doubt any of that will scare off the true Audi fans, who want Matrix LED headlights and the amazing 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.