2016 Audi TT RS prototype returns in some beauty spy shots from the Nürburgring (20 pics)

The lightly camouflaged Audi TT RS spotted a few days ago is back in a new series of spy shots taken at the Nürburgring where the car was undergoing testing ahead of next year’s launch.

Volkswagen recently said they plan on postponing or cancelling projects that are not entirely necessary, but most likely the TT RS seen here is still on track for next year’s launch and we already know for sure it will retain the mighty 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbo engine. It is believed the motor will be tweaked to squeeze more power and chances are output will surpass the 400 PS (294 kW) mark and even more on a Plus version that is likely on the agenda as well for a launch later during the model’s life cycle.

Compared to the TT S test mule spotted before, this is actually prototype carrying many of the production bits and pieces, including a new front bumper with beefier air intakes. It also has the RS-spec exhaust setup with active butterfly valves, along with bigger side skirts, larger alloy wheels and chunkier brakes. The bad news for purists is Audi will sell the TT RS exclusively with a dual-clutch gearbox as there aren’t any plans to offer a manual.

In terms of performance, expect the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) task to be completed in just 4 seconds before topping out at an electronically-governed 155 mph (250 km/h), but an optional package could bump that limiter to around 174 mph (280 km/h).

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show next March is a possible venue for an official launch, with sales to commence in the second half of the year. There’s no word just yet about pricing, but given the TT S begins at €49,100, the TT RS will probably cost around €60,000.

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