The original Audi TT RS was a fan favorite amongst US Audi enthusiasts. It was loved the world over, but American enthusiasts loved it even more. Not only was the TT RS an excellent driving car, but it was powerful, fast, good looking and came exclusively with a manual transmission. In Europe, there was a choice between a manual and Audi’s 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox, but in America it was row-your-own only. This created a massively loyal following of fans from the “Save the manuals” brigade.
Well Audi has given word that there will be a second-generation TT RS, built off of the current third-gen TT. It will offer the same 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five cylinder engine, but could make u to 400 horsepower. The previous car made 360 hp and the same engine, currently in the RS3, makes 367 hp. So it’s very possible that the next TT RS will pack somewhere near the 400 hp mark.
The next-gen TT RS will have an uphill battle, though, as it will face steep competition from cars like the BMW M2 andPorsche Cayman GTS. However, it does have a good jumping off point, as the newest TT is actually quite the good sports car. Being built on VW Group’s latest MQB platform, the newest TT is a significant upgrade over the previous model, so it stands to reason that the next-gen TT RS will be significantly better as well.
It’s a shame that the TT RS will lost its manual, as it was unique in the fact that it was one of the only manual-only sports cars on the market, but all will not be lost. For the same reason that the new RS3 Sportback is even better than the previous model, despite losing its manual transmission option, the TT RS should be a better can than the last. It won’t have the same level of connection as the previous car, but it should be faster, handle better and just be an overall better car. We’ll miss the manual but we should be getting a better car anyway.