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With the new Audi TT and TTS successfully revealed, it’s almost time for the Ingolstadt car maker to reveal its hottest iteration of the car: the Audi TT RS.

We’ve shown you pictures of the compact fire-breathing coupe before, wearing less camouflage than the car you see in these pictures, but here’s a second look at the car bearing a few noticeable differences, stretching its legs around the Nurburgring circuit.

For starters, this particular test mule is not wearing the finished Singleframe front grille we’ve seen before, while the front bumper also appears to have taken a step back from the model spied earlier.

The remaining body panels and fitments are all very familiar, but while the rear end is largely covered up in camo now, the exhaust tips visible on these new photos appear cleaned up and more presentable as the oval-shaped RS pipes they’re meant to be. The multi-spoke wheels and noticeably larger brake rotors remain as they were.

Expected to re-employ the previous TT RS’ 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo engine that also resides in the new RS 3 Sportback, rumours are that the upgraded engine could deliver up to 400 hp. In the RS 3, the five-pot turbo makes 362 hp, which is roughly the same figure the previous-gen TT RS plus boasted.

Unfortunately, unlike the previous-gen TT RS, the new one is also expected to be relinquished of a manual transmission option, offering a sole seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic auto.

The new TT RS is expected to make a global debut in Europe sometime in 2016, possibly as soon as the Geneva Motor Show in March.