PRICE The TT RS coupe’s starting price of $137,900 is about $2000 cheaper than the previous TT RS Plus. New kit includes adaptive LED headlamps, Android/Apple smartphone mirroring and a digital driver’s display. TECH Active lane assist and blind-spot alert are now standard on the TT RS. Ceramic front brakes ($8900) are for those who want serious track work. PERFORMANCE Smaller, lighter and more powerful, the new version of Audi’s five-cylinder turbo is up by 44kW over the previous model, and still uses a claimed 0.1L less fuel every 100km. The 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds for the coupe is supercar quick — Audi’s R8 is the only stablemate to beat it. DRIVING The TT RS has shed the understeering trait of its predecessors for a more neutral stance when cornering hard. Part of that can be attributed to almost 30kg less weight over the front wheels; the rest to revisions of the electronics. DESIGN This version rides on 20-inch wheels as standard, up an inch over the last model. Slimmer headlamps permit a bigger grille and lower air intakes to help cool the engine and brakes. The interior ditches a lot of switchgear, courtesy of embedding the aircon control into the vents and the adoption of Audi’s digital display.