Audi South Africa will launch the new facelift TT in the Mzansi market during the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year, according to an official. That car will then be the base upon which the facelift TT RS Coupe is based, as you can see from these fresh pics. The TT RS itself may be delayed to 2020 for our market, we’ll know closer to the time and let you know. Meanwhile, enjoy some info on the TT RS.

Power is still courtesy of the trusted, multi-award winning, 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbo engine that produces a strong 294kW and 480Nm of torque, which when applied to all four 19-inch wheels using the standard 7-speed S tronic gearbox, produces incredible results. According to Audi, the TT RS Coupe will hurl itself forward from 0 – 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, reaching a 250km/h limited top speed, or 280km/h when unlimited.

“The new TT RS is in absolute peak form,” says Michael-Julius Renz, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “Like a well-trained athlete, it showcases even more prominently how much power lies beneath its muscular outer skin.” Oliver Hoffmann, Technical Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, adds: “The outstanding performance is achieved by the low weight, the maximal athletic tuned suspension, and our award-winning five-cylinder. We have received the sought-after “International Engine of the Year Award” with the 2.5 TFSI engine for the ninth time in a row.”

Audi has made some visual changes on the car. The gloss black front grille features a quattro logo in a matt-titanium look, air inlets are larger, while the front spoiler blade is colour-coded. LED headlights will come standard, with the matrix LED option playing support. Interestingly the side mirrors can be specified in four ways; body colour, matt aluminium, gloss black, and carbon fibre. At the rear we see OLED reversing lights, a new RS air diffuser and two large oval exhaust tailpipes.

Some of the sweetest interior features include RS sports seats in Alcantara or Nappa with RS logos (remember the Coupe has 4 seats), sports steering wheel with shift paddles at the back, a 31.2cm screen for the Virtual Cockpit screen, an MMI infotainment system with Wi-Fi hotspots and a standard 680W Bang & Olufsen sound system. You spend much of your time with it switched off though, just to hear that 2.5-litre purr.

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