2017 Audi TT RS Loses Manual Transmission
Another popular sports car is losing its manual transmission.
The 2017 Audi TT RS will arrive next year and will only be offered with the German automaker’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the same unit currently found in the European RS3 Sportback. You can add the TT RS to the growing list of cars forgoing manual transmissions, as the option continues to become a dying feature among luxury sports cars. It’s also a complete 180 compared to the current Audi TT RS, which is exclusively available with a manual transmission in the U.S.
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Powering the 2017 Audi TT RS will be a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, expected to produce around 400 hp, up against the current 360 figure. It’ll be interesting to see how this transmission fares with TT RS shoppers, considering most of its main competitors all offer a manual transmission, including the BMW M2 and Porsche Cayman.
Spy photographers caught an Audi TT RS prototype being tested in Europe late May and the model is expected to officially bow this September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Check back with AutoGuide.com for up-to-date coverage as we’ll be reporting live this year from Frankfurt.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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