Audi has taken the wraps off its new “refreshed” TT RS Coupe at the New York motor show.

With redesigned front and rear plus more tech, it offers the driver increased opportunity to personalise their car.

Looking a lot like the previous model, the new RS does not however bring more power to the table — not that it needs more.

The 2.5-litre turbocharged five cylinder engine produces 294kW of power and 480Nm of torque, blasting from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

One of the hallmarks of the TT RS is its distinctive five-cylinder sound.

The unique 1-2-4-5-3 ignition sequence, which allows the ignition to alternate between the adjacent cylinder and those further apart, gives the TT RS its own rhythm.

The engine is hooked to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with launch control program that allows a heightened level of acceleration through precise engine speed and an automated clutch release.

Standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive has the ability to send nearly 100 percent of available torque to the rear wheels, and a traction control system, specifically calibrated for the TT RS, manages distribution for optimal acceleration with minimal slip.

Tech updates for 2019 include standard Audi phone box, which not only charges compatible smartphones wirelessly, but can also connect compatible phones with the vehicle’s antenna to help optimise signal.

audi - 2019 audi TTRS - Understated, underrated but RS highly motivated

CHECKOUT: Looks the same but Audi’s Q5 couldn’t be more different 

CHECKOUT: Audi’s rampant TT RS quick as any supercar


Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.