Both the TT RS Coupe and Roadster leave the factory with a seven-speed dual clutch S-Tropic transmission, as well as the quattro all-wheel drive system.
There is no manual gearbox option for these two models, but their performance might make fans of the traditional gearbox forget about it. After all, the TT RS Coupe can sprint from 0 to 62 MPH (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds. Its Roadster sibling is a bit heavier and slower by 0.2 seconds.
It wasn’t until July last year that the new line-up made its way to Australia, however, and a confirmed mid-2017 launch for this new hero pair will mean a similar wait for those with a preference for the RennSport pedigree.
As with the latest RS3 Sportback, the new TT RS is driven by an uprated version of Audi’s beloved 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
Also new in the TT RS is a multifunction steering wheel that features two new satellite buttons for the Audi drive select system and the engine push-start button. The MMI navigation plus and MMI touch features are optional items, along with the Audi connect online module with WiFi hotspot capabilities.
As mentioned above, the new TT RS is just the start of an expansion of RS cars developed by Audi Sport. Others will include the first ever RS 3 sedan, new generations of the RS 4 Avant and RS 5, and possibly an RS Q5 as well as a standalone sports car slotting in between this TT RS and the R8 supercar.
It takes lessons from the standard TT inside, with the 12-3-inch Virtual Cockpit dominating the driver’s eye line, plus an eight-speaker sound system and lightweight, aggressive RS sports seats as standard.