According to Car & Driver, the upcoming Audi TT-RS will be offered exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

According to Car & Driver, the upcoming Audi TT-RS will be offered exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

While the high-performance TT has always been offered with a stick, it appears the 2016 / 2017 model will follow in the footsteps of the R8 and be automatic only.  There's no word on why Audi decided against the manual but in the R8's case they cited a low take rate and the improved performance that the dual-clutch transmission offers.

The news unfortunate but, on the bright side, the TT-RS will have an upgraded turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that produces approximately 400 PS (294 kW).

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