Audi TT RS review - coupe refreshed after an emissions-enforced hiatus - design

The Audi TT RS has always appealed by virtue of its excellent powertrain, the very bit that’s been messed with in this mid-cycle update

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from £52,450
  • Devastatingly quick, sounds great
  • Adjustability is not the TT RS’s thing

Design

The final element of the new TT RS’s update lies in a subtle aesthetic refresh focused around the front and rear bumpers. Firstly, the TT RS has picked up some extra chamfers on its large front intakes, giving the nose a more faceted and slightly softer look than before. The rear bumper now combines the (fake) vents below the tail lights seen elsewhere in the updated TT range, which sit atop a redesigned lower bumper with new oblong graphics that surround the typical oval exhaust pipes.

The TT RS’s silver or black styling packs are still available, in fact going one step further with a black finish to all the badging where applicable, while the Sport Edition and Vorsprung packages bring with them new wheel designs (up to 20-inches), carbon inlays and more black styling elements.

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While the RS design treatment often adds a subtle menace to Audi models, the TT’s more Bauhaus-like aesthetic has always struggled to carry the typical RS elements with quite such finesse. As a result, the TT RS is very specification specific, and can come across a little boy racer-like. Keep the specification subtle, uncheck that questionable static rear wing option and you’ll be left with a TT RS closest to its mantra, if not its target audience.

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