The Advertiser - Motoring - - PRESTIGE AUDI TT RS -

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.

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