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Audi adds plusses to punchy TT RS

Audi has used a simple mathematical unit to name its latest sports car, the TT RS Plus.

It's basically a TT RS +15kW, +15Nm, +30km/h, +meaner styling.

Plus badge means meaner performance for the TT RS.

Hitting the streets in both Coupé and Roadster guises, the Plus puts out 265kW and 465Nm. Audi has not elaborated on what's been done to the RS' 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbopetrol motor, although we suspect it's just a mapping job.

As with the 'non-plus' RS, this beast puts its power to the tar through all four wheels via either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic gearbox.

Fitted with the seven-speeder, the Plus will (allegedly) screech from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard version and Audi has also tampered with the speed limiter to allow a top whack of 280km/h.

Theoretical fuel consumption for those with a light foot remains unchanged at 8.5 litres per 100km.

Keeping the world informed about its slightly more sinister nature, the Plus is set apart from the stock RS by 19-inch alloy wheels painted black with contrasting red rim flanges as well as a grille in highly polished anthracite and black wing mirrors hewn from carbon fibre reinforced polymer.

Designers also added a large, fixed rear wing to increase downforce at the tail end of the car. Even the engine compartment gets a more exclusive look thanks to the Carbon Design package.

Despite all its plusses, there is a big minus as far as we're concerned - Audi South Africa says the TT RS Plus is not destined for South Africa.

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