Audi has confirmed plans to reveal the 2018 TT RS at next week’s New York Auto Show. The hotter version of the coupe was revealed at the Beijing auto show last year in global format, but the German brand will showcase the U.S.-spec car in NYC.
Like the Beijing car, the U.S.-spec TT RR will be powered by a new turbocharged 2.5-liter line-five (yes, five) that generates an impressive 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Audi said the combination is good enough to send the car from zero to 60 mph in about 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph.
Audi says the suspension and steering on the TT RS are also specifically tuned for this car, while the brakes include eight-piston fronts and optional carbon ceramics for the hard-core buyers out there.
On the outside, TT RS buyers will be treated to a revised front fascia that features larger air dams in the front so the beast can breathe. A rear wing and unique 19-inch alloy wheels round out the exterior look.
Inside the RS features Nappa leather upholstery with heated front seats. Audi is also throwing in its 12.3-inch virtual cockpit gauge cluster in as standard fare on this car.
The high equipment level and power level are yielding a starting price of around $64,900 when it goes on sale later this spring. A convertible version of the RS is also expected later on.