Driving the 2018 Audi TT RS With the Man Who Created It


"THIS TURN IS LIKE THE CORKSCREW AT LAGUNA SECA," says Stephan Reil. The Audi engineer and godfather of all things RS is clipping along a rural lane in southwestern Germany in a red TT RS. The road angles out of a frost-covered forest and through barren fields with corn husks plowed under hard ground. The thin stripe of asphalt drops abruptly and doglegs halfway down.

Reil downshifts twice and accelerates into the kink, grinning wolfishly. When you're head of development at Audi Sport (formerly Quattro GmbH), this qualifies as work. The TT RS's five-cylinder single-turbo engine responds to the increased revs with a delicious pump of sound, and we slingshot through the curve. The coupe is outfitted with snow tires, but the grip is mein Gott!impressive. Read more about the Driving the 2018 Audi TT RS...

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19 Mar 2018


By JASON H. HARPER