Audi has unwrapped a new TTS Competition Plus derivative in Europe, unlocking extra power from the Volkswagen Golf R-flavoured engine.

While the standard TTS makes 228 kW and 380 N.m from its turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol powerplant, this Competition Plus variant sees those figures rise to 235 kW and 400 N.m.

The peak power figure, of course, matches that of the Volkswagen Golf 8 R (though the maximum torque figure is some 20 units short of the hot hatch’s peak twisting force), which employs the same EA888 engine. Interestingly, however, the new S3 Sportback sticks with the old 228 kW engine tune.

The all-paw TTS Competition Plus will accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,5 seconds in coupé form (and three-tenth slower in Roadster guise), a marked improvement of some 0,4 seconds. Top speed is again electronically limited to 250 km/h. As before, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission ships standard, along with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

The TTS Competition Plus features LED headlamps, Audi "ring" decals along its flanks, red brake callipers and high-gloss black 20-inch wheels in a 10-spoke design. Various exterior elements, such as that fixed rear wing and the Audi badges fore and aft, are finished in black.

Inside, the newcomer features Audi’s 12,3-inch virtual cockpit, Nappa leather, model-specific interior accents and Alcantara trim for the gearlever and flat-bottomed steering wheel.