Audi has whipped the covers off its facelifted TT RS, handing the high-performance TT flagship what it describes as its most "masculine" look yet.
The fresh styling has been applied to both the range-topping coupé and roadster derivatives, which gain redesigned noses and more striking rumps.
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 also 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).
LED headlamps ship standard, although matrix LED units are offered as an option. Matrix OLED reversing lights with a 3D design are also optionally available, while the cabin gains a new red marking on the steering wheel. Eight exterior colours are available, including the new RS-specific Kyalami green and fresh hues such as Pulse orange and Turbo blue.
So, has anything changed under the bonnet? No, the (sonorous) turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder engine is untouched, still sending 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…
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