2017 Audi TT RS Spied with a Manual Transmission

It appears that the next-generation Audi TT RS will get a manual transmission after all.

Previously spy photos hinted that the new Audi TT RS would dump its manual option, but a recent prototype proves that Audi is at least considering the idea.

Development of the new Audi TT RS is still undergoing, but this recent TT S mule is being used to test the upcoming TT RS and inside there is a manual shifter. Hinting that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill TT S model is a more aggressive rear diffuser like the one found on the RS3 and the two large oval exhaust tips typically found on RS models. In addition, there are bigger brakes and drilled rotors as well as the RS logo on the brake calipers.

It’s still unclear which powerplant the German automaker will go with for the new TT RS. It could be the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in the RS3 or the 2.0-liter four-cylinder rumored for the Volkswagen Golf R400. Either way, expect power output to be around 400 horsepower with a manual transmission as standard and an S-Tronic available as an option.

There’s a chance the new TT RS will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but if it doesn’t, expect it to bow at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October at the latest.