"During my day with the car, a poor TT was subjected to launch after launch at the bidding of one automotive journalist or another, yet it never gave any complaint and delivered strikingly consistent times -- typically within a few hundredths of 1.7 seconds to 60 feet.
"But this isn't a drag machine, and you'll be glad to know it's even more at home out on the track. Though my time on the circuit in the TT RS was sadly limited, and even more tragically journalists weren't allowed to run the entirety of the front straight, the car felt very secure through the sweeping corners at Lime Rock, yet nimble and ready through the tight uphill chicane. Body roll was minimal and the RS's sport seats were plenty supportive.
"I can't comment on the proper trackability of the brakes, as we never strung together enough laps to really test them, but in limited use they were strong. My only real complaint is with the car's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which could seemingly never find the right gear when left to its own devices. In manual mode, though, it becomes as obedient as you want, holding gears all the way up to the rev limiter. And just in case you were holding out hope, no, there's no manual on offer.
"Out on the open roads, the TT RS might be even better. Though the car can be optioned with stiff, fixed suspension, going with the adaptive dampers is the right call. In this way the car becomes tolerably compliant on broken pavement but, with the touch of a button on the steering-wheel, firms up and gets ready to hustle. On back roads it feels poised and planted, perfect for unexpectedly decreasing radius turns hiding around the next crest."
-- Tim Stevens, Roadshow by CNET