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2019 Audi TT S flagship joins the refreshed TT range

By Tom Fraser, 11 Jan 2019 News

2019 Audi TT S flagship joins the refreshed TT range

Updated Audi TT S retakes its throne as the hero car of the facelifted 2019 Audi TT range, that is, until the fire-breathing TT RS arrives

AUDI has unveiled its facelifted TT S to the world in coupe and roadster forms.

Heralded as a more powerful, better equipped and quicker car than its predecessor, the new TT S sports a new look and will include a new special ‘Competition’ model in the line-up.

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Much of the angular front fascia design which debuted on the 2015 car remains, however the updated looks will include new aerodynamic blades in the bumper and a new full-width front splitter. The back of the car gets the same treatment, with horizontal vents featuring underneath the tail lights and a more pronounced rear diffuser.

The iconic sports coupe will retain its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, but it’ll produce 225kW and 400Nm, which represents a healthy 15kW and 20Nm bump-up from last time.

Aiding its one-tenth quicker 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds (Roadster: 4.8 seconds) is a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and a magnetic ride control shock absorber system come as standard.

In terms of equipment, Audi supplies 18-inch wheels as a base, while you can upgrade to 19- or 20-inch wheels at an extra cost. Two new paint colours are on offer too, with pulse orange and turbo blue joining the range.

The TT S Competition is a new model line for 2019, and the pack adds attributes that double-down on the TT S’s sporty nature.

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A fixed rear wing is the most outlandish addition for the Competition, also joined by LED headlights, Audi rings sticker set along the side sills, red brake calipers and an extensive array of black-painted exterior details.

Inside, you can choose from either red or ebony-coloured leather upholstery with contrasting stitching.

Red-painted air vents combine with judicious use of Alcantara around the steering wheel and gear shifter to continue the sporty theme on the inside. Carbonfibre inlays join the party as standard too.

Audi hasn’t supplied any information on pricing as yet, with that information to coincide with the arrival of the model on Australian soil in Q2 of 2019.

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