Audi is set to introduce the next generation of TT in 2013. But there’s still plenty of life left in the current generation and Audi is turning it up to 11 by introducing an updated version of its range topping TT RS, dubbed the TT RS Plus.
The “Plus” gets you 20 more bhp and an extra 11 lb-ft of torque for a total of 355 bhp and 343 lb-ft which will make the new version that much more impressive. Also included is a new sound flap in the exhaust to improve the exhaust note of the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine. The RS Plus is set to makes its world premier at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Auto Salon.
The engine’s increased output will be sent through the same multiclutch all-wheel-drive system and standard six-speed manual gearbox as the standard TT RS. Like that car, the TT RS Plus will also be available with an optional seven-speed double-clutch S tronic gearbox, complete with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles and an integrated launch control function.
Audi quotes 0-100 kph times of 4.1 seconds for the coupe and 4.2 seconds for the roadster when fitted with the S tronic transmission. When equipped with the standard manual gearbox, the official acceleration times are 4.3 seconds and 4.4 seconds respectively. Curb weights are 3,197 pounds for the coupe 3,334 pounds for the roadster. Top speed is limited to 280 kph which is 30 kph more than the current TT RS.
Visual cues that distinguish the TT RS Plus apart from the standard TT RS are a new diamond-patterned grille insert, carbon-fiber exterior mirror housings, black-trimmed tailpipes and a more prominent fixed rear spoiler. There’s also a set of black-and-red-painted 19-inch wheels that come wrapped with 255/35R19 tires.