The Germans haven’t touched the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine in the new 2019 Audi TT RS, but there isn’t much wrong with 400 horsepower and 480Nm of torque anyway
Since the latest generation model has been around for three years already, the Germans have updated the Audi TT RS with a facelift and improved equipment levels, but they didn’t bother with much else.
As a result the 2019 Audi TT RS still makes 400 horsepower and 480Nm of torque thanks to the only five-cylinder performance engine on the market – the turbocharged 2.5-litre comes with a distinctive soundtrack too. This means the car can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds gripping with all four tyres and putting it all down through a seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission.
You’ll notice that 0-100km/h time is also identical to the outgoing car, so the 2019 TT RS really is the work of some lazy engineers. Then again, since it’s just half-a-second off the V10-engined Audi R8 in the sprint, it didn’t really leave much room to work with and Audi would only have shot itself in the foot by making the TT RS even closer matched to the company’s mid-engined halo supercar. As for the top end you get the usual 250km/h limiter as standard although optionally you can derestrict the car and let it loose all the way to 280km/h.
The big changes took place on the cosmetic front, with new seats, and a new RS design package adding red or blue contrasting highlights decorating the vents, seat belts, floor mats and bits like that. The front end is all snarly now too, with bigger air intakes and a new splitter while the rear gains a redesigned fixed wing and large oval tailpipes.
Ensuring you don’t cause any danger to manifold, the big interior highlight is an RS display showing power use and cornering g-forces as well as a shift light that prompts the driver when to make the perfect gear change during maximum engine speed. Your warranty will thank you.