While the racing TT RS is based loosely on the production coupe, it receives a number of big changes. First, the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is tweaked, increasing power from the 340 hp found in the U.S.-spec road car to a stout 380 hp. Interestingly, Quattro isn’t part of the package: instead, power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential manual gearbox.
This already appears to be quite a potent package. In fact, the TT RS’s managed to bring home a victory in the SP4T class during this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring, where it beat out a number of tuned Ford Focus RS and STs, and Volvo C30 T5s.
The car will go on sale in 2012 to private teams, at a price of just over $250,000. Much as we’d love to see the car offered stateside, seeing as it’s designed expressly for a German touring car series, that possibility seems unlikely.