Audi unleashes updated 395bhp TT RS 07 | 02 | 2019

    AUDI HAS REVEALED its facelifted and updated version of the TT RS. Boasting a new look and 395bhp from its five-cylinder engine, the TT RS is available to order now from Scottish dealerships priced from around £60,000. Expect to pay closer to £62,000 for the Roadster. (Related: Audi ditches diesel from TT range)

    The new TT RS gets a host of external styling tweaks, including an RS honeycomb grille,  large front splitter, deeper front bumper and wider side-skirts. There’s also a redesigned rear bumper with a black RS diffuser and twin sports exhausts, plus a fixed rear wing. Buyers also have the choice between 19in or 20in alloys. (Related: Roadtest — Audi TT)


    The new-look cabin features a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with shift light, a leather RS steering wheel and a pair of Alcantara-trimmed sports seats. There’s also a series of 'RS' badges inserted on to the door sill trims, shift paddles and floor mats. Buyers who opt for the RS design package can add either red or blue highlights for the air-vents, seatbelts and doors.


    Standard features also include a 680W Bang & Olufsen sound system,  support for a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot, satnav with voice recognition, plus Audi’s own smartphone interface. This allows the driver to stream content from their phone directly to the infotainment system via USB.


    Power comes from the same 395bhp, 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine as found in the previous model and is delivered to all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Audi says the coupe is capable of 0-62mph in 3.7secs.


    Top speed is capped at 155mph … unless you opt for the limiter to be removed, in which case max increases to 174mph! Audi’s on-board “drive select” system allows the driver to modify the characteristics of the engine. The engine note can also be altered with a set of active exhaust flaps.


    Behind the scenes, the chassis of the new TT RS now benefits from a lower, stiffer sports suspension, plus a new adaptive steering set-up and a pair of ventilated, perforated discs for the front axle.

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    Jim McGill

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