Next-gen Audi TT to ditch manual gearbox

It has just been revealed that the next-generation Audi TT RS set to arrive next year, will no longer be available with a manual transmission.

This news makes the upcoming new TT RS just the latest in a long line of cars to no longer be available with a traditional stick-shift. It is also somewhat surprising considering that the previous TT RS was available with both a manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and in the U.S., the manual was actually the only option.

While the new TT RS won’t be available with a manual, it will come with the revised seven-speed dual-clutch transmission of the latest Audi RS3 Sportback.

In terms of engines, an improved version of the German marque’s EA113 2.5-litre turbocharged five cylinder can be expected. While the previous-gen TT RS managed to deliver 360 hp, the new one is predicted to push out around 400 hp. It will therefore directly rival the upcoming BMW M2 and Porsche Cayman GT4.

[Via Car and Driver]

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