The Audi TT RS has returned to South Africa, with the facelifted coupé slotting in above the S-badged derivative.

So, how much will the fiery little sportscar set you back? Well, Audi SA says the refreshed version will start at R1 062 000. For the record, that’s a R248 500 premium over the 225 kW TT S.

Revealed in February 2019, the updated TT RS sticks with its turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder engine, which still sends 294 kW and 480 N.m to all four corners via a seven-speed S tronic transmission.

This is enough, says the Ingolstadt-based firm, for the TT RS coupé to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in an unchanged 3,7 seconds. Top speed is again limited to 250 km/h, although Audi will happily raise that figure to 280 km/h if you tick the right box.

Sporting what the company terms a more “masculine” appearance, the refreshed TT RS gains a redesigned front end and a more striking rump. Up front, the “Quattro” logo (now in a matte titanium-look finish) is positioned in the lower section of the gloss black grille.

The lateral air inlets, which have been further enlarged, are each divided by vertical strips on the inside and outside, and extend almost all the way to the front wheel wells. The front spoiler, meanwhile, is painted in body colour as standard, but is also available in a matte aluminium look or gloss black.

The TT RS furthermore gains a gloss-black inlay for its newly designed side sills, while the side-mirror caps are offered in body colour, matte aluminium look, gloss black and carbon.

Round back, you’ll struggle to miss the new fixed rear wing with side winglets, complemented by vertical design elements on both sides above the new RS-specific diffuser (the latter housing two large oval tailpipes).