Video – 2016 Audi TT RS testing hard on the Nordschleife

The highly anticipated 2016 Audi TT RS has been spotted once again performing testing duties around the Nordschleife.

The Volkswagen Group is going through some very difficult financial times due to the dieselgate and this will have a direct impact on future models as the company has recently announced some projects that are not “absolutely necessary” will be pushed back or even canceled. The good news is the TT RS is still on the agenda and if everything goes according to the plan it will be out sometime next year to sit on top of the range.

The prototype seen here has many of the production-ready body parts, including the front bumper which as you can see boasts some massive air vents. The car also sits a little bit lower compared to the TT S and comes with beefier alloy wheels backed by an upgraded braking system to handle the added power.

Speaking of which, you will be happy to hear the iconic 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbo will make a comeback on the new 2016 Audi TT RS and will go through some changes as the engineers from Ingolstadt will want to extract more power. How much? Some reports are indicating the output figure will go beyond the 400 PS (294 kW) mark and all the ponies will be channeled to a quattro all-wheel drive system via a dual clutch transmission.

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Performances should be stellar as the range-toping TT will likely run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) journey in around 4 seconds and top out at an estimated 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional performance package.

Expect a world premiere to occur in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales to commence in the second half of the year at a starting price of approximately €60,000 given the TT S costs €49,100.

Adrian Padeanu

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