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Audi TT-RS S Tronic

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"Inside the RS is as welcoming as you'd expect from a coolly-crafted range topper"

"Inside the RS is as welcoming as you'd expect from a coolly-crafted range topper"

What is it?

The hottest version of Audi's seemingly omnipresent TT has been around since 2009, but its splendid blown, inline-five engine was only mated to the manufacturer's S Tronic gearbox at the tail end of last year. We tracked one down to see if the automatic DSG transmission made a big difference to the brawny coupe.

Aside from the seven-speed dual-clutch shifter at the heart of the car, the TT-RS is otherwise unchanged. The 2.5-litre powerhouse is now shared with the new RS3, and still sends 335bhp (plus 332lb ft of torque) to all four wheels via Audi's trademark quattro system.

There's a hint of Halfords about some of the model's exterior embellishments (the stuck on rear spoiler will not be to everyone's taste) but inside the RS is as welcoming as you'd expect from a coolly-crafted range topper. From the branded bucket seats to the flat-bottomed steering wheel, the car is an exemplary specimen of premium muscle.

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