Audi is close to signing off the hottest-ever TT, a range-topping RS model with 350bhp and aimed at the Porsche Cayman S and BMW M3.
Although it won't be a carbon copy, the TT RS is likely to take styling cues from the TT Clubsport concept (see gallery) that appeared earlier this year. Power for the hottest TT will come from a turbocharged version of a 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine currently used by VW in US versions of the Jetta saloon.
With high-pressure turbocharging, peak power is lifted from 150bhp to 350bhp, a heady output of 140bhp per litre.According to an insider who has heard the TT RS, Audi's hot new coupe makes "a fantastic noise, just like the original Quattro".
According to another insider, the RS is close to the production go-ahead, but still awaits the final rubber stamp from Audi bosses. Should it be confirmed, Audi is said to be looking at a launch date sometime in 2009.
In the TT, the performance ought to be strong, too. A top speed limited to 155mph is easily within reach, while 0-60mph ought to be down to five seconds.