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Audi TT-RS Plus revealed

Most powerful TT yet, questionable looks...

Audi has today revealed the 2012 TT-RS Plus, the most powerful TT to date.

The engine remains the 2.5 litre 5-cylinder turbo unit, but max output is up 20 bhp to 360 bhp and torque is now 343 lb/ft, 11 lb/ft more than the regular TT-RS. The TT-RS Plus will launch in April following its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Available in both Coupe and Roadster, distinguishing features from the TT-RS include a singleframe radiator grille in polished anthracite with a TT-RS Plus badge. The grille surrounding trim frame has a matt aluminium-look finish while the side mirrors are made of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The Audi RS signature oval dual exhaust pipe tips are done in black. Additionally, valve controlled exhaust regulates engine sound volume and the engine gets carbon fibre trim covers. The gear lever gets trimmed with an aluminium-look ring and a TT RS Plus badge. Audi adds a little flair to the standard 19-inch TT-RS wheels by painting them black with a contrasting red accent on the rim flanges. It’s an interesting look, which will certainly make the Plus stand out, though we’re not sure if it actually looks good or not.

The TT RS Plus with S-tronic transmission sprints the 0-62 mph dash in 4.1 seconds while the manual transmission is a little slower at 4.3 seconds. The Roadster is almost as fast with the same sprint achieved in 4.2 seconds (manual: 4.4 seconds). Both Coupe and Roadster are electronically limited to 174 mph.

Price for the TT RS Plus Coupe in Germany with manual transmission is €60,650 or €62,800 with the seven-speed S-tronic. The TT RS Plus Roadster costs €63,500 or €65,650 respectively. UK prices have yet to be announced.

Images courtesy of Audi

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more