2017 Audi TT RS To Ditch The Stick: Officially Official

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.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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