When Audi's optional bucket seats are specified, they dominate the TT RS cabin; their deep bolsters and race harness cut-outs are unmissable. And they’re as supportive as you’d hope for in hard-charged bends.

But they’re a bit too firm for long distances, and shorter adults will find that when they raise the seat to its maximum extent at the rear (there are no electric controls on these buckets), there’s too little thigh support at the front of the cushion. It’s a small fault, but it impinges.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The seat backrest release is very neatly integrated on the optional sports seats

In other respects, the RS cabin is much the same as that of lesser TTs, except that it is all black, including the headlining, and slightly oppressive for it. Some of the cloth features TT logo stitching that’s an unsubtle and none too classy-looking reminder of which Audi this is.

Peculiar to this TT are the twin-strip, lightweight interior door handles that are an RS signature, a thicker sports steering wheel and RS-badged instruments, but there’s little else to mark this out as a top-end TT interior.

As ever, this Audi’s cabin is thoroughly constructed and well provisioned, with fine details such as the bevelled alloy ventilation controls, perceived construction quality and the leather seat stitching.

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But at this loftier price level the TT cabin does look a little stark and plasticky; only the instrument pod is leather-covered rather than the entire dash, for instance, and a mere quartet of instruments looks mean.

There’s a stopwatch built into the driver’s information display, although you’ll need to be impressively dexterous to use it and drive.

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