The updated Audi TT RS wants to challenge the Supra and the Cayman

Choices, choices
by Stephen Dobie | Feb 10, 2019
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The small sports car market has got rather busy of late, with the Porsche Cayman T and the Toyota Supra proving you can spend £50,000 (P3.4 million) 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 RS gaining a similar set of aesthetic updates to the regular TT. While its 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine makes no more power, at 395hp, it’s still up considerably on its fresher rivals, that Supra getting closest with 335hp.

Which means the RS is still endowed with some properly senior performance figures, namely, 0-100kph in 3.7sec (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, plus the usual gamut of driving modes should you want to make a firm-riding car even firmer.

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Changes for this update are all on the surface, with Audi rather curiously claiming that “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 color 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.

Prices are likely to start at roughly £55,000 (P3.7 million), with coupe and roadster versions both on offer. Reckon the Audi’s sheer speed and fancy connectivity would tempt you away from a purer Cayman or that of-the-moment Supra?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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