The Audi TT RS plus has officially been released by the German car maker ahead of its debut in Geneva. The compact sports car, in both Coupé and Roadster versions, has a five-cylinder turbo delivering 360hp, sufficient for a top speed of 280km/h.

The 2.5-liter TFSI in the Audi TT RS plus is a high-performance engine. Compared with the engine on which it is based, this turbocharged direct-injection unit delivers 20hp more power. It produces 465Nm of torque, 15Nm more than before.

Customers can choose between a manual six-speed transmission and the seven-speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission comes with a launch control function. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, which operates with a multi-plate clutch, transfers engine power to the road.

The Coupé with S tronic catapults from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.3 seconds). The Roadster completes the same exercise in 4.2 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.4 seconds). Top speed is limited to 280 km/h.

The Audi TT RS plus is fitted with 19 inch cast wheels of five-arm “Rotor” design; they are painted black with contrasting red rim flanges. The wheels are fitted with 255/35 tires. The adaptive damping system known as Audi magnetic ride is available as an option. A large, fixed rear wing increases downforce at the back of the car.

The Singleframe radiator grille also sets the Audi TT RS plus apart visually: Its diamond-pattern mesh is in polished anthracite, its trim frame has a matt aluminum-look finish. The housings of the exterior mirrors are made of carbon fiber. The dual-branch sport exhaust system has black oval tailpipe trims. The carbon design package gives the engine compartment a more exclusive look. The knob on the gear or selector lever features an aluminum-look trim ring and a TT RS plus badge.

The TT RS plus Coupé with manual transmission costs € 60,650 in Germany or € 62,800 with the seven-speed S tronic . The TT RS plus Roadster has a list price of € 63,500 or € 65,650 respectively. The Audi TT RS plus will make its official debut at the Geneva Auto Salon in March.

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