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It’s fair to think of the TT RS as a two-door version of the RS 3 I drove last week. Not fraternal twins, but definitely related.

Like the RS 3, the TT RS is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that drives all four wheels and produces 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque.

One of the key differences, however, is the 0-100 km/h time. Whereas it takes the RS 3 4.1 seconds to go from rest to 100 km/h, it only takes 3.7 seconds in the TT RS. Like the RS 3, the TT RS has a top speed of 250 km/h, which can be raised to 280 km/h if you opt for the sport package.

Like it’s four-door sibling, the TT RS is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, which also underpins the Audi A3, the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Tiguan, among many others.

The TT, which also includes the base TT coupe and convertible along with the TTS coupe, is now in its third-generation. All models are built by subsidiary Audi Hungaria Motor Kft in Győr, Hungary.

Aside from the powertrain, the character of the TT RS differs from the RS 3 as the former is much more of a sports car than the latter. While both are members of the ever-growing line-up of Audi Sport models, the two-door TT RS reminds this writer a lot of its big brother, the R8.

Look for my impressions of the 2018 TT RS in the verdict, which will be posted next week.

Basic specs:

- 2.5L TFSI (turbocharged) 5-cylinder engine
- 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission
- front engine / all-wheel drive
- 400 horsepower / 354 lb-ft. of torque
- 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds

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Photography by Lee Bailie