Audi TT RS returns with refreshed styling

Refreshed performance coupe and roadster get lightly reworked exterior designs

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The Audi TT RS has returned to the UK market with refreshed versions of its coupé and roadster models.

Buyers looking for the TT RS models on the Audi UK website will have found no trace of them for many weeks, along with a whole host of other Audi models caught up in WLTP emissions compliance delays.

The 2019 edition represents a light facelift halfway through the compact sports car’s expected life cycle, with the update bringing minor tweaks to both exterior and interior styling.

The front air intakes are now larger, while the design of the rear wing has been altered as well. The revised wing sits above a newly-designed rear diffuser, which lies in between the traditional RS oval-shaped tailpipes.

TT RS buyers can also choose from a few new exterior colours, including Kyalami green, Pulse orange and Turbo blue.


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No mechanical upgrades to report

Power output remains unchanged with the facelift. The same 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine provides 400hp of drive to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Performance figures are, unsurprisingly, unaffected as a result; the coupé will hit 60mph in a claimed 3.5 seconds, slightly quicker than the roadster’s claimed time of 3.7 seconds.

Both versions max out at an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph, though this can be raised to 174mph via an optional performance package.

Stepping inside, the TT RS retains Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital display system, which has been updated to include the brand’s latest voice control technology, as well as additional connectivity options. Additional trim pieces have been added to the cabin too, breathing new life into the interior.

UK prices for the updated TT RS coupé and roadster have yet to be announced, though we’d expect them to be slightly higher than the £55,000 base price asked for the pre-facelifted car.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
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