Launched exclusively with a manual transmission only, the Audi TT-RS was immediately branded as a true enthusiasts car. Audi has, however, conceded to the masses, with the announcement that an automatic transmission will also be made available. But this is no slushbox, with seven forward gears and Audi’s amazing dual-clutch technology.
In fact, the TT-RS equipped with the 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox is faster and gets improved fuel economy, making the most of the 340-hp turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Thanks to the added gear and ultra-fast shifting the dual-clutch model can hit 62-mph in 4.3 seconds – a three-tenths of a second faster than with the stick shift.
Audi’s fuel economy numbers are also up, increasing from 25.57-mpg to 27.67 mpg (EU test cycle) for the coupe.
There’s no confirmation yet that the new 7-speed automatic will be offered in the U.S., but we think this announcement following so closely on news of the TT-RS being green-lighted for the U.S. market is no coincidence.
Official release after the jump: