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The 2017 Audi TT RS coupe and roadster twins have been unveiled at this week’s Beijing motor show, rounding out a new-generation TT range that first appeared around this time in 2014.

It wasn’t until July last year that the new line-up made its way to Australia, however, and a confirmed mid-2017 launch for this new hero pair will mean a similar wait for those with a preference for the RennSport pedigree.

As with the latest RS3 Sportback, the new TT RS is driven by an uprated version of Audi’s beloved 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

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But, while that little monster gained an already impressive boost from 250kW and 450Nm to a new 270kW and 465Nm, the new TT RS models are packing 294kW and 480Nm – a leap of 44kW and 17Nm beyond the numbers of their predecessors.

And while the previous TT RS coupe claimed a likewise thrilling 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds, Audi says the new coupe will hit the ton in 3.7 seconds, with the roadster a hair behind on 3.9 seconds.

By comparison, the new $354,900 R8 V10, with its 397kW 5.2-litre heart, lists a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds.

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Both TT RS bodies are fitted with a seven-speed S tronic auto transmission exclusively, once again sending power to the familiar quattro all-wheel drive system.

Apart from their huge power, tweaks for the TT RS models include a 10mm lower ride, optional RS sports suspension magnetic ride adaptive dampers controlled via the Audi Drive Select system, 19-inch alloy wheels and optional 20-inch forged lightweight wheels.

There’s also the familiar RS aero and styling, including specific bumpers at both ends, new skirts and a rear wing.

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The 2017 TT RS also marks the first appearance of Matrix OLED lighting technology at the rear of any Audi model.

The new TT RS models will make their European-market debut in the coming months, with an Australian launch set for the middle of next year. Local pricing and equipment will be confirmed closer to then.

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