2017 Audi TT RS Coupe And Cabrio Tackle The Nurburgring

Two prototypes of the new TT RS, in both Coupe and Cabriolet guise, have been caught at the Nordschleife.

The cars will be instantly recognizable, as previous scoops have proved, and the only difference between the them, on top of the electrically operated canvas top adopted by the Roadster, will be a few pounds gained over its Coupe sibling, which will compensate for the lack of a fixed roof.

Power will be provided by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder borrowed from the latest RS3, which is believed to churn out up to 400 horsepower, putting a sizable gap between the RS and the 306 HP TT S. Power will be sent to a rear-biased variant of the firm’s quattro AWD system through either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional dual-clutch auto.

The same powertrain will be eventually adopted by the RS3 Sedan, that is said to be nailing the naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in 4 seconds dead, beating its two main competitors, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and the BMW M2 Coupe.