The third generation Audi TT RS was spotted recently stretching out at the Nürburgring to make sure everything will be in order for the model’s launch next year.
We’ve seen plenty of still shots with a more evolved prototype in these past few days showing many production-ready body parts and now the vehicle is back in a new spy video providing a better look at the range-topping TT model which will continue to have a 5-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo engine. Sources close to Ingolstadt have suggested the engineers will make some additional tweaks to the engine and squeeze more than 400 PS (294 kW).
All that power will obviously be channeled to a quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and it is believed the new TT RS will be available only with a dual clutch transmission. This hardware arrangement will enable the model perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in approximately four seconds en route to an electronically capped 155 mph (250 km/h). Audi could decide to offer an optional performance package raising the limiter to somewhere in the region of 174 mph (280 km/h). In addition, there also might be a higher-performance Plus version with more power, but that will likely come later during the model’s life cycle.
In terms of design, we already can tell it will look significantly more aggressive than the TT S thanks beefier front air intakes, muscular bumpers and the typical RS quad exhaust. Added into the mix are those chunky wheels hiding enlarged brakes while a lowered sports suspension and some interior cabin upgrades are also on the agenda.
It won’t come cheap that’s for sure, since a €60,000 starting price is plausible taking into account the warm TT S kicks off at €49,100. Look for a public debut in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, so an online reveal could occur as early as February.