2017 Audi TT RS to get 395-hp turbo five?

2017 Audi TT RS to get 395-hp turbo five?

A source close to Audi has provided insight into what we can expect to find under the hood of the next TT RS.

Earlier rumors claimed the TT RS could adopt a downsized engine with an electric turbo, but an individual who recently attended a meeting of quattro representatives in Germany reports the coupe will carry on with a turbocharged 2.5-liter straight-five mill. It will deliver about 395 horsepower — nearly 40 more than the last-gen model — in its most basic state of tune, and Audi could launch a more expensive TT RS plus model with up to 420 ponies on tap.

A six-speed manual gearbox will not be offered, and the turbo five will be linked exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system will come standard.

Patent images leaked a couple of months ago (pictured) suggest the next TT RS will get a muscular-looking design characterized by a deeper front bumper with bigger air dams, an extra air intake right above the mesh grille, and a new air diffuser with twin oval exhaust pipes. Large model-specific alloy wheels are expected to wrap up the track-inspired look.

The 2017 Audi TT RS is tentatively scheduled to make its official debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and it will go on sale globally shortly after.