Get Inline: 2022 is Final Year for Audi TT RS in America

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

If you’re one of the moneyed set who enjoys a pint-sized car powered by a frantic five-cylinder engine, 2022 will be the last opportunity to pick up an Audi TT RS. With the 394 horsepower rocket set for its swan song next year, you know Audi will be offering some sort of special edition to mark the end of this era.

To be clear, the little imp isn’t totally going away, with the TT and TTS models scheduled to continue in both American and International markets. Meanwhile, the 2022 Audi TT RS Heritage Edition will be limited to just 50 copies; ten each of a specific color combination. Tizian Red metallic with Havanna Brown leather sounds like the overall winner to us.

Under the hood, one will find one of Audi’s more powerful engines, packing 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. This five-cylinder mill brings the TT RS Coupe from 0 – 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Its unique firing order (1-2-4-5-3) provides the type of ripping roar at wide open throttle that simply has to be experienced to be believed. In other words, the girl’s got rhythm. If you simply must have your five-cylinder fix, Audi sales reps will be more than happy to point you towards the new RS 3 which goes on sale next summer in the American market.

The interior leather and contrast stitching combinations offered on these machines are leveraged from the current Audi exclusive portfolio of upholstery selections, including a bunch of first-time factory color combinations for our market. If that sounds like a trifling detail, you don’t know the lengths some of these exacting collectors will go to in order to secure a speedy machine that doesn’t look like the one driven by that finance bro in the next office. Other exterior visual cues include the expected Heritage Edition script jewelry, which will be followed by the engine firing order of the five-cylinder (be sure to point that out to all yer unimpressed gearhead buddies), underlined by a “quattro” script in the rear quarter glass on the right side of each car.

Pricing? As the saying goes: if you have to ask (and so forth). The unique Heritage Edition will sticker at $81,450 while the standard TT RS is going to bear a price of $73,200.

While 2022 is the last model year for the TT RS in the U.S., the model will live on in other international markets for now and probably one of the last powered solely by gasoline. With electrification just around the corner, you can bet your bratwurst Audi will be creating an all-electric TT RS (or at least a devastatingly powerful PHEV) within the next few years.

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Dec 10, 2021

    All I want is this engine in a Golf R.

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    • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Dec 13, 2021

      @FreedMike Too showy. TBH if I could have it I'd like one with this engine that looks like a Euro "Golf Life" (the base one with 16s and the low-pressure 1.5T).

  • Thehyundaigarage Thehyundaigarage on Dec 12, 2021

    I adored my TT, a 225 coupe, when I wasn’t repairing it that is.. I spent a good 10k in parts on it in the span of a few years, and finally gave up when there was no end in sight. Had I have been at the mercy of a mechanic for labour, the cost to own that car would have been scary. As unreliable as it was, I still miss it some days. The first gen TT to me, is timeless. Gorgeous car

  • Scott So they are losing hundreds of millions of dollars and they are promising us a “Cheaper EV”? I wonder how that will look and feel? They killed the Fiesta because they claimed that they couldn’t make a profit on them and when I bought the first one in late 2010 they couldn’t deliver the accessories I wanted for it! Then I bought a 2016 Fiesta ST and again couldn’t get the accessories for it I wanted. They claimed that the components were going to be available, eventually. So they lost on that one as well! I don’t care about what they say anymore. I’ve moved on to another brand.
  • Michael S6 CX 70 or 90 will not be on my buying list. Drove a rental base CX 90 and it was noisy and the engine noise was not pleasant. Ride was rough for a family SUV. Mazda has to understand that what is good for Miata isn't what we expect in semi luxury SUV. My wife's 2012 Buick Enclave has much better Ride and noise level albeit at worse gas millage. Had difficulty pairing my phone with Apple CarPlay
  • Michael S6 What is the metric conversion between one million barrels and the number of votes he expects to buy.
  • NJRide This could give Infiniti dealers an extra product maybe make it a sub brand
  • Lou_BC Mr. Posky outraged over an old guy passing er releasing some gas. How are those sedan sales going?
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