Audi claims its second RS version in three generations of TT will sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds, a tenth slower than a 386kW R8 S tronic but two-tenths faster than its first-ever TT RS roadster sibling.
The overhauled 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine packs a neat 400hp, however in kilowatts it falls six short of a figure beginning with a three, measuring a not-so-neat 294kW. No arguing with the 480Nm produced over an astonishingly broad 1700rpm and 5850rpm.
By comparison the final 2012-era TT RS Plus produced 265kW/465Nm and claimed a 4.1sec 0-100km/h.
As with that model, the new TT RS packs quattro all-wheel-drive and a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. However unlike non-Plus versions of the last model, a manual transmission is no longer available.
Kerb weight figures have not been stated, but its one-rung-down $99,900 TT S sibling comes in at 1385kg.
Audi claims a “multi-plate clutch distributes power freely between the axles” and “wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe”. Four drive modes – comfort, auto, dynamic, individual – alter the usual steering, transmission, throttle, exhaust and ESC calibration, however Audi adds that the more aggressive settings can also change drive distribution prioritisation.
While 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, forged aluminium 20s are optional. Likewise, fixed sports suspension and ventilated/perforated disc brakes are both standard with adaptive magnetic suspension and carbon-ceramics each available at extra cost.
Despite more aggressive styling – including a honeycomb front grille with quattro applique, fixed rear wing and twin oval exhaust pipes – the TT RS is no wider than a TT S.
Inside the same 12.3-inch TFT display dubbed ‘virtual cockpit’ is used, but as with the latest R8 supercar, buttons for driver selectable modes and engine on/off each move onto the leather-wrapped sports steering wheel.
Australia last saw the TT RS three years ago when it retailed for $139,400 plus on-road costs. Expect that figure to be little changed when the latest model arrives in mid 2017.