However, the engine block is now made from aluminium rather than steel, making the TT RS the first Audi to use such a powerplant.
Power is rated at 400hp – up 60hp from its predecessor – while the maximum torque of 480Nm is achieved between 1,700-5,850rpm.
The car sits on five-arm 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/35 rubber, and 20-inch alloys with a seven-spoke rotor design are optional. Other stand-apart items include a honeycomb grille and lower air intakes and a fixed rear wing, although an extending spoiler is available as an alternative.
On the inside it’s a similar affair to that of the already released Audi TT S, with the impressive Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard as standard, although it has a few new features such as race-car inspired shift lights and g-force functions. It even borrows the steering wheel from the new R8, including its paddles and rotary dials. There’s also specific RS sports seats and lots of carbon fibre added all over the place.
The new TT RS rides on a chassis lowered by 10mm over the standard TT. Further changes include stiffer springs and dampers and standard 19in alloy wheels, ceramic brakes will be a pricey optional extra, costing around £4000.
Styling tweaks include new bumpers front and rear, wider door sills, deeper air intakes at the front end, oval exhaust pipes and a large rear fixed spoiler, although buyers can opt for a more subtle extendable spoiler. Also available are optional OLED (organic light emitting diode) tail-lights each consisting of four elements, the largest of which features the TT logo and Audi’s four-ring emblem.