Audi recently launched its all-new, third-generation TT, which at present comes in standard TT and sportier TTS variants. The one we’re looking forward to the most however is the new TT RS, which we’re expecting on the market sometime next year, as a 2017 model.
This video from YouTube user Gumbal depicts what is believed to be a test mule for the new TT RS. It may just look like the third-gen TTS, but the sound it makes as it tests hard at the Nürburgring leads us to believe that it is packing a five-cylinder engine as opposed to the four-cylinder unit found in the TT and TTS variants.
That makes sense as the new TT RS is expected to feature an enhanced version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder fitted to the previous TT RS as well as the latest RS 3 Sportback. In the RS 3 the engine is tuned to deliver 362 horsepower, but we’re expecting substantially more for the TT RS. Considering the last TT RS had 360 hp on tap, figure on something close to 400 hp for the latest model.
Sadly, we hear that a manual transmission will no longer be offered. That means the sole transmission will be a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. As for styling, Audi’s TT Clubsport Turbo concept, which also happens to pack a turbocharged five-cylinder mill, hints at what’s to come.
Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept, 2015 Wörthersee Tour