Launched in 1998, the Audi TT had to wait for its second-generation model to arrive before receiving a true high-performance version. In 2009, three years after the TT Mk2’s introduction, Audi showcased the TT-RS , a beefed-up model, available in both coupe and roadster guises, that climbed atop the existing quattro Sport and the TTS in the TT range. The company’s first compact RS was powered by the legendary, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that produced 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. Visually, the first-gen TT-RS benefited from revised styling, a lowered ride height, larger wheels, and improved braking system. Interior highlights included Recaro bucket seats and enough leather and Alcantara to add a luxurious feel to the sporty compact. The TT-RS came to the United States in the 2012 model year, when the Plus model was launched. Fitted with an uprated version of the 2.5-liter turbo-five, the TT-RS now has a cool 355 ponies and 343 pound-feet on tap. Coming into 2014, Audi has unveiled the third-generation TT and began testing the second-gen TT-RS.
As the upcoming TT won’t cross the Pond to the U.S. until 2015 for the 2016 model year, the TT-RS won’t become available until 2017. Of course, we’ll be able to have a look at the high-performance, two-door when Audi unveils it to the European market. Meanwhile, we’ll just have to settle for the spy shots and videos coming from different locations.
Note: standard Audi TT pictured here.
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