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Video - Audi TT RS continues Nurburgring testing

Snapshot: Range-topping TT coming in 2016 with 5-cylinder turbo engine

Audi India launched locally the third generation TT back in April and it will be interesting to see whether they have plans to bring the range-topping RS version which is due in Europe likely in the second half of next year. What we have in the attached footage is a test mule wearing the body of the TT S Coupe, but there’s a major difference between the two in the engine department. While the S version employs a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine, the RS will come with a larger five-cylinder, 2.5-liter motor granting superior power and performances.

It is believed the beefier engine - sourced from the RS3 Sportback - will be further tweaked to develop approximately 407 bhp which will make it the most powerful TT ever made. We have some bad news for those who are fans of manual gearboxes, because sources close to Ingolstadt have said Audi plans to axe the six-speed manual and will offer the TT RS only with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which although quicker, it takes some of the fun and excitement that only a manual can offer.

That being said, the third generation Audi TT RS will obviously be quicker taking into account it will be lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. How fast? Word on the street suggests it will be able to complete the 0-100 kmph sprint in just four seconds and will continue to accelerate until reaching a maximum speed of 280 kmph.

Audi has been relatively quiet about the new TT RS, but most likely they plan to show it at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show set for next March, but they could decide to wait until October for the Paris Motor Show. Sales in Europe should begin before the end of the year and if Audi India plans to bring it to our country, most likely it will be available starting 2017.

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