2016 Audi TT RS mule spied on the Nurburgring

A test mule of what appears to be the next generation 2016 Audi TT RS has been spied on the Nürburgring in Germany. Don’t be fooled by the looks of this mule as it’s wearing the body of the previous generation Audi TT S but underneath the familiar skin it is believed to hide the all-new TT RS programmed to come out sometime in 2016.

Scheduled to sit on top of the range, the 2016 Audi TT RS will likely be motivated by the firm’s iconic 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine which will find its way at first inside the RS3 set to come out sometime next year. The two cars will have different outputs but just to give you an idea, Quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Hollerweger recently said the RS3 will pack around 360 bhp (268 kW).

He also said something about a 400 bhp (298 kW) version of the RS3, possibly a Plus version, but such a derivative hasn’t been confirmed yet for production. In the TT RS, output of the five-cylinder engine should be somewhere in the same region and matched with the lower curb weight as a result of switching to the MQB platform will make the new model quicker and more agile than its predecessor.

Sales of the 2016 Audi TT RS will likely kick off in 2016 but we could see the car receiving its official debut in the second half of 2015.

Adrian Padeanu

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