2022 Audi TT RS Heritage Edition: Let’s celebrate the last hurray
The first generation Audi TT Type 8N sports car came on the market in 1998 with either a 1.8-liter 20-valve turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine or a 3.2-liter 24-valve VR6 engine. The RS variant entered the fray in 2009 for the second-generation TT, and it featured Audi’s legendary 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five engine with 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. of torque.
Americans got their first glimpse of the Audi TT RS in 2011, two years after its launch in Europe. It wasn’t until Audi of America started an online petition on Facebook that the brass decided to bring the TT RS to the United States. The social media advocacy garnered an astounding 12,000 signatures in less than a month, and the rest is history.
But in a somewhat grim turn of events, the TT RS is saying goodbye after 2022, and this year is your last chance to get your hands on Audi’s venerable sports car. Making it even sweeter is a limited collection of TT RS Heritage Edition models that pay homage to the original Audi Ur-quattro two-door coupé, the ancestor of Audi’s legendary ‘quattro’ all-wheel drive and perhaps the ‘Most popular Audi in company history.
Audi TT RS Heritage Edition: High Five
The Audi TT RS Heritage Edition comes standard with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that generates 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque. Audi’s quattro AWD transfers all that torsion to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, a powerful combination that propels the TT RS from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, pretty quick by modern standards. .
Moreover, the five-cylinder engine is part of Audi’s DNA. Not only does it look like the mid-range company due to its original five-cylinder configuration and 1-2-4-5-3 firing order, but the original Audi quattro has won many rally and motorsport events from 1981 to 1986. And the Audi turbo is a nine-time winner of the International Engine of the Year.
There will be only 50 limited-edition models of the 2022 Audi TT RS Heritage Edition. You can choose from five heritage-inspired color combinations (10 units for each color) for the exterior and interior. Audi’s press release lists each color in firing order for the five-cylinder engine, so we’ll replicate it here to achieve the same staggered effect.
- 1: Alpine White with Ocen Blue leather and Silver stitching.
- 2: Helios Blue metallic with Diamond Silver leather and blue stitching.
- 4: Stone Gray Metallic with Crimson Red leather and Gray stitching.
- 5: Tizian Red metallic with Havanna Brown leather and gray stitching.
- 3: Malachi Green Metallic with Cognac Brown leather and Black stitching.
Generous standard equipment
Audi has equipped the 2022 RS TT Heritage Edition with an impressive array of standard features. Each car features bespoke 20-inch wheels in a two-tone anthracite finish, sports exhaust system with black tips, OLED taillights, Alu-optic exterior lighting, speed limiter 174 mph and commemorative engraving on the rear window. Meanwhile, the interior also receives special touches. Audi has wrapped the steering wheel and gearshift knob in fine Alcantara, while the floor mats feature RS logos and contrast stitching.
Although the Audi TT RS is leaving the US market, it will remain in other international markets “for some time,” Audi said. However, you can still get the TT and TTS, but it won’t be long before Audi completely unplugs its venerable sports car. Again, the turbocharged five-cylinder engine lives on in the Audi RS3 sedan arriving this summer, but the departure of the TT RS is still a bittersweet goodbye.
Audi factory warranty
All Audi vehicles leave the factory with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty with four years of roadside assistance. However, Audi does not offer a separate powertrain warranty, so you might want to consider extending your warranty coverage. This comprehensive guide to Audi extended warranties will help you make the right decision.
Audi’s average maintenance cost is between $200 and $300 every 10,000 miles for routine services.
Audi TT RS Heritage Edition Pricing
The 2022 Audi TT RS starts at $74,245, while the TT RS Heritage Edition costs $86,395. Prices include destination fee of $1,045.
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Alvin Reyes is a columnist on Automoblog and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very fond of his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.
Photos and source: Audi of America.
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