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Report: Upcoming Audi TT RS to be automatic only

Report: Upcoming Audi TT RS to be automatic only image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Audi | posted July 21, 2015 14:42

Dual clutch gearbox to be the lone transmission option

With global markets shifting towards automatic transmissions, Audi will reportedly no longer offer manual transmissions for the high performance TT, the RS. Car and Driver reported that the upcoming TT RS will come with the RS3's seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The previous TT RS was available in either six-speed manual or seven-speed dual cluch gearboxes. With declining sales of manual transmissions for high performance models, Audi has decided to offer the automatic as the lone transmission choice. The transmission, known as the VW Group's DQ500 is currently being used in the Audi RS3 Sportback, the TT's platform mate.

What is likely to remain however is the company's A113 engine that powered the previous generation TT RS but will be tweaked and upgraded to produce around 400 PS. In the previous TT RS, the 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine made 365 PS. The all-new TT RS may be launched in mid-2016. 

Source: Car and Driver