02 Audi TT RS

Competition for 3.0-second 0-100km/h times starts right here

HOW LOW can they go? Zero to 100km/h times that is. Audi’s RS3 smashes the four-second barrier (see p42), so the new TT RS will dig deep into the threes.

Mules filmed belting around the Nürburgring confirm it shares the hyper hatch’s 2.5-litre turbo fivecylinder, though boosted outputs of around 300kW/500Nm will differentiate the $80K hatch and the $150K coupe.

Combine the extra power with 1420kg (30kg less than previous; 100kg less than RS3) and a sevenspeed dual-clutch, and you have R8-scaring acceleration for less than half the price. Set for a Geneva reveal.