The TT RS prototype, spied here without any camouflage, is virtually production ready, and earmarked to go on sale at the end of the year.
And not only will the new flagship dethrone the TT S as the fastest model available, it’s set to look the part, too. The RS will be instantly identifiable over lesser models thanks to a lower ride height, R8-style bodykit, chrome wing mirrors and enlarged oval exhaust pipes.
The wheelarches have also been widened to make room for 19-inch alloys. An arched rear spoiler and the addition of RS badges will complete the look.
In typical RS fashion, the TT will be no slouch, thanks to Audi’s first in-line five-cylinder petrol engine for more than 10 years. This layout can trace its roots back to the Quattro of the Eighties, but was last used in the 227bhp S6 of 1995.
The 2.5-litre twin-turbo unit in the TT RS will deliver 350bhp – 80bhp more than the TT S – and is mated to a six-speed manual. A seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox will be offered as an option.
Source: Auto Express