Our prognostication was correct: Audi is indeed revealing its highest-powered TT in Geneva, and it marks the return of the five-cylinder Audi. Don’t get too excited, though, as bold red text in the press release tells us the TT RS isn’t scheduled to appear in the U.S. anytime soon.
The TT RS receives a new turbocharged and direct-injected 2.5-liter engine that feeds 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. A new close-ratio six-speed manual is the only available transmission and boasts a short-throw shifter. Audi foresees a 0-to-62-mph time of 4.6 seconds, a tenth quicker than we’ve seen the TTS hit 60. Top speed will be limited to 155 mph, although for an extra fee Audi will raise the limit to 174 mph. With a press of the Sport button, a flap in the left tailpipe will let out some extra five-cylinder flavor—watch our teaser video to hear it for yourself—while an optional sport exhaust is packaged with matte black exhaust finishers.
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