The 1.8-litre petrol engine packs a decent punch in the TT without offering anything approaching scintillating performance. Even so, it feels sprightly enough, thanks in no small part to being front-wheel drive rather than being fitted with an Audi Quattro system.
The lower powered 2.0-litre petrol engines are a much more in keeping with the character of the car, delivering 208bhp and 258lb ft of torque. The engine is available on two-wheel drive and quattro cars, and sits well in both.
Stepping up to the higher powered 2.0-litre petrol improves performance, although not perhaps by as much as the price differential and headline figures would suggest. It's a decent enough engine in isolation, but for the vast majority the lower powered unit will do.
If you want fireworks, the RS is the model to go for. The key here is to know that the blown five begins kicking out its hefty 332lb ft of peak torque from as low as 1600rpm and maintains this effort all the way to 5300rpm. A close-stacked spread of six gears, all-wheel-drive traction and a smooth-revving engine all combine to produce locomotive-like thrust in virtually every gear well into three-figure speeds.