Audi’s test drivers were caught on camera at work with near-production prototypes of the TT RS in both Coupe and Roadster flavors.

Audi’s test drivers were caught on camera at work with near-production prototypes of the TT RS in both Coupe and Roadster flavors.

While last week’s Tango Red TT RS Coupe spotted in Spain did not have any sort of disguise, these Nardo Grey prototypes from the Nürburgring still have some camo. Both coupe and roadster body styles were captured on camera and the cars seemed to have most of the production bits. This indicates an official reveal is nearby, so sales should kick off in the second half of the year.

Power for the TT RS duo will come from Audi’s reputable turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine shared with the RS3 Sportback where it has 367 hp. However, in the TT RS it could pack some extra punch, especially if we take into account the US-bound RS3 Sedan is expected to have 400 hp on tap. We should remind you the previous TT RS spawned a beefier Plus version, so the new one could be offered with two power stages. If so, the "Plus" name will likely be replaced with "performance" as seen on the RS6 & RS7.

There was a prototype a while ago featuring a six-speed manual gearbox which purists hope will make the transition to the production car as an alternative to the seven-speed DSG. As you would expect from an RS model, the flagship Audi TT will come as standard with a quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The TT RS will have an ace up its sleeve as it is expected to get OLED technology for the taillights. Audi provided a sneak peek of the model’s fancy taillights back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, so we are pretty sure these will make it on the production model which should be out in the following months.

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2017 Audi TT RS Coupe, Roadster spied at the Nürburgring [34 pics]