With a still-fresh, third-generation Audi TT already available, the Volkswagen Group is preparing the higher-achieving “RS” iteration of that car for the 2017 model year. But fans of the marque – and of the car – may be a bit disappointed to learn that this new, 2017 Audi TT RS won’t be available with a manual transmission.
Instead, the only gearbox offered will be a 7-speed dual-clutch unit, according to AutoGuide.
This is a complete change of pace from the prior-generation Audi TT RS, which was only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. But what the Audi TT RS loses in driver involvement come 2017, it gains in performance – not only from the responsive dual-clutch transmission, but also from a 40 HP bump in output. It’s still a turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-5, but now tuned to put out 400 peak horsepower.
Spy photographers have caught the new Audi TT RS testing around Europe; you can see a gallery of still images at the AutoGuide website. The new, compact sportscar is expected to break cover at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.