2017 Audi TT RS Spied With a Manual Transmission

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
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It appears that the next-generation Audi TT RS will get a manual transmission after all.

Previously spy photos hinted that the new Audi TT RS would dump its manual option, but a recent prototype proves that Audi is at least considering the idea.

Development of the new Audi TT RS is still undergoing, but this recent TT S mule is being used to test the upcoming TT RS and inside there is a manual shifter. Hinting that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill TT S model is a more aggressive rear diffuser like the one found on the RS3 and the two large oval exhaust tips typically found on RS models. In addition, there are bigger brakes and drilled rotors as well as the RS logo on the brake calipers.

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It’s still unclear which powerplant the German automaker will go with for the new TT RS. It could be the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in the RS3 or the 2.0-liter four-cylinder rumored for the Volkswagen Golf R400. Either way, expect power output to be around 400 horsepower with a manual transmission as standard and an S-Tronic available as an option.

There’s a chance the new TT RS will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, but if it doesn’t, expect it to bow at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October at the latest.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Alex Kozovski Alex Kozovski on Feb 08, 2016

    And... it will be slower than the DSG model.

    • Soakee Soakee on Feb 10, 2016

      All-out speed is not the only factor to consider. Driving satisfaction is much higher with a manual.

  • Mark S Mark S on Feb 09, 2016

    Very cool, but creating manual version is one thing, sending it to the US is another thing.