2017 Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster Debut With 400 HP, No Manual

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

Audi has given its iconic sports car more power to make it even more competitive.

The 2017 Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster have debuted at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show with an upgraded 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that now outputs 60 more horsepower than before for a total of 400 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed S-tronic transmission. Sadly, there was no mention of a manual transmission. Previous reports said that the manual will not be offered any longer, but TT RS models were spied earlier with a row-your-own gearbox. [Update: A representative from Audi’s HQ in Germany confirmed to us that a manual transmission will NOT be available.]

Audi says the TT RS Coupe to sprint from rest to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, while the Roadster take slightly longer at 3.9 seconds, making them the quickest TTs to date. Top speed is limited to 155 mph or 173.9 mph upon request.

2016 Bejing Auto Show Coverage

Visually, the TT RS duo gets new OLED lights with a 3D design in the rear, which is the first time they are being used in a production Audi. Of course, the TT RS gets huge oval exhaust pipes, and more aggressive design cues are used throughout.

Inside, the 12.3-inch digital dashboard is still center stage, but a special RS display shows performance information like tire pressure, torque and g-forces. The RS also gets optional wireless cellphone charging and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

ALSO SEE: 2016 Audi TT Review – Curbed with Craig Cole

The Roadster’s soft top can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 31 mph.

The 2017 Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster will launch in the fall of this year. North American pricing has not yet been announced.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of AutoGuide.com and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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  • #savethemanuals , F Germans! >:( .

    • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Jul 27, 2016

      Most of the people who can afford these cars don't want to shift their own gears.

  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Jul 27, 2016

    I hate to say it, but I don't think there's a place for manuals anymore. Outside of enthusiast groups that meet at the track like old guys showing off their classic American muscle cars ... I gotta apologize because I consider myself a car guy and I even like to feel in control, and not only of my car, but modern day autos kick ass when compared to manuals. Dual clutch transmissions that can shift faster than a human, traditional autos that can rev match on down shifts while getting better fuel economy, and they're better for turbos by always keeping the turbo spooled up for that boost of power when you need it. These days manuals seem little more than toys people want to keep around for more out of nostalgia or an idea filled with all kinds of misplaced gear-headed righteousness than any kind of practical reason. I say the best way to honour the manual is to let it pass on gracefully and with dignity, let it be our choice to let go rather than to just watch them be fazed out while fighting an unwinnable battle to keep them in production.