Audi's advanced seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission made its international debut in the top-shelf TT RS late last year, delivering a 0-100km/h time 0.3 seconds faster than the existing six-speed manual.
Now, coinciding with the opening of the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne on Friday, the quickest-shifting TT RS is in Australia.
The S tronic system allows the driver to choose between two automatic modes and a full manual mode, shifting gears via paddles behind the steering wheel or on the gear lever.
Through the pairing of the slick S tronic and Audi's 250kW/450Nm 2.5 litre five-cylinder TFSI turobcharged engine, the TT RS returns full consumption figures of 8.5 l/100km - again bettering the manual, which lists a 9.2 l/100km fuel consumption rating.
To celebrate the local launch of the S tronic-equipped TT RS, Audi has also announced a Limited Edition variant - and just 45 will be sold.
The Limited Edition package includes a Black exterior styling package, with metallic paint, 19-inch five-arm 'Rotor' design wheels, a Sports exhaust system, Adaptive headlights, BOSE sound system, extended leather interior package and LED interior lighting.
The LE package comes at no additional cost, but with $8460 in additional value (according to Audi's catalogue) - so you'll need to get in quickly.
Audi TT RS 7-speed S tronic Limited Edition: $139,900
Audi TT RS 7-Speed S tronic: $139,900
Audi TT RS 6-speed manual: $139,900
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.
The Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) opens at 6pm on Friday 1 July and runs through until Sunday 10 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Other new models and concepts confirmed for the 2011 AIMS include the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Toyota Prius V and Prius C, the Suzuki Swift S-Concept, the Peugeot 508, the Range Rover Evoque, the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, the 2012 Audi A6 and the 2012 Jaguar XF.
Appearances have also been confirmed for the all-new Lamborghini Aventador, the Lexus LF-Gh concept, the Mazda Shinari concept, and a preview of Australian carmaker JOSS Developments' upcoming JT1 supercar.