Is this the 2017 Audi TT RS?

Is this the 2017 Audi TT RS?

Leaked patent images have given us an early look at the upcoming third-generation Audi TT RS.

Published by Carscoops, the sketches 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.

What will power the 2017 TT RS is anyone’s guess at this point. Australian website Motoring suggests the 2.5-liter straight-five that’s currently found under the hood of the RS 3 is already tuned to the limit, so Audi will need to either comprehensively redesign it or replace it altogether.

That means the TT RS could benefit from the electric turbocharging technology that will be inaugurated in the not-too-distant future by the SQ7. Regardless of what it’s powered by, the roughly 400-horsepower coupe will be capable of hitting 60 mph from a stop in a little over four seconds and going on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

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

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