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Audi TT RS Iconic Edition 2022 first drive

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Even in 2022, the power is still staggering. There are few cars more capable of monstering cross-country miles with ease despite whatever the weather throws at you. With the simplicity of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, it’s a doddle to point and squirt across any road. Plus, no one would ever get tired of that five-cylinder beat – loud enough to be interesting, quiet enough to be civilised.

The various driving modes remain from the normal RS, so you can tweak things like the steering weight and gearshift but, as ever, Individual remains the one to pick with everything bar the suspension dialled up. This is not a particularly comfortable car, and in Sport, it’s downright bouncy. 

If only it breathed a bit more with the road, like its Porsche 718 Cayman GTS rival. Then it would feel a bit more delicate in your hands and a bit more nuanced, rather than the sledgehammer/nut thing that it currently does, admittedly with its typical confidence-inspiring Quattro. It’s fast and grippy, but a bit one-dimensional.

We return, then, to one last number: £26,775. That’s the price difference between a normal TT RS and this. What price exclusivity, eh? 

Frankly, it’s a ridiculous sum of money for a TT, even one as rare as this, and if I’d bought one, I’d feel like I’d had my leg taken up. But then this is the last of the line, a dying breed of car with a brilliantly wonderful engine. What price posterity, eh?

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