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News: Updated (2019) TT RS looks faster, but isn’t

The small sports car market has got rather busy of late with the Porsche Cayman T and Toyota Supra all proving you can spend a million rand or so in very different ways. A great time for Audi to freshen up the TT RS to keep it competitive, then.

This is it, the new TT RS gaining a similar set of aesthetic updates to the regular TT. While its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine makes no more power, at 294kW, it’s still up considerably on its three freshest rivals, that Supra getting closest with 250kW.

The new 2019 TT RS is still endowed with some properly senior performance figures, then, namely 0-100kph in 3.7secs (though probably faster in reality) and a 280kph top speed. You still get a seven-speed paddleshift gearbox and Quattro all-wheel-drive as standard and the usual gamut of driving modes should you want to make a firm-riding car even firmer.

Changes for this update are all on the surface, with Audi rather curiously claiming “the TT RS has never been this masculine”. There are additional air vents and a much bolder, fixed rear wing as well as lots of black detailing that was previously silver.

Inside, there’s the option of slightly chintzy colour flourishes while the infotainment system has been updated to provide more online services and a more natural voice control function. Yep, it really is a subtle update.

SA prices for the new 2019 TT RS haven’t yet been announced, and Audi SA is far more focused at this stage to bring out the A1 and Q8 before a niche pocket rocket, but irrespective of those they’re likely to start at around R1 100 000 with coupe and roadster versions both on offer. Reckon the Audi’s sheer speed and fancy connectivity would tempt you away from a purer Porsche or edgy Supra?

Original source: Audi TT RS TopGear

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