Audi is not saying to goodbye to sports cars just yet. Despite the onset of powerful hybrids, Audi is keeping the traditional two-door coupe alive. Say hello to the sharper-looking 2019 TT RS. Featuring a more muscular design, the refreshed TT RS is has been made sharper and more high-tech than ever.

“The new TT RS is in absolute peak form. Like a well-trained athlete, it showcases even more prominently how much power lies beneath its muscular outer skin,” said Michael-Julius Renz, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH.

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Upon first glance, it's hard to see what Audi exactly did to change up the styling of the 2019 TT RS. Instead of a radical redesign, Audi went for a more subtle approach. It gets a new front spoiler which Audi claimed was inspired by motorsport design. Meanwhile, the signature Singleframe grill surround has received a matte black finish while the honeycomb inserts are painted gloss black for a striking contrast.

The rear, on the other hand, gets a new wing which now comes with side winglets that aid in delivering improved downforce. Finally, the updated TT RS is now equipped with a restyled rear diffuser and new oval-shaped dual exhausts. Apart from the slight exterior makeover, Audi also threw in three new color choices for the 2019 update: Kyalami Green, Pulse Orange and Turbo Blue.

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Inside, not much has changed in the 2019 TT RS. However, Audi did upgrade the onboard infotainment system to bring it up-to-date. With it, the sports car can now come with MMI navigation, voice control, and even Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity with Audi Connect. Also available is a Bang & Olufsen sound system that delivers 680 watts of sound, and a clearer 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

At the heart of the 2019 TT RS is a 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Like the pre-facelift version, it still produces an impressive 400 PS at 5850 – 7000 rpm along with 480 Nm of torque available at 1950 – 5850 rpm. Power is then sent to all four wheels via the quattro all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. With it, the TT RS is capable of sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (3.9 seconds in the roadster) and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (280 km/h with the limiter removed).

Meaner-looking Audi TT RS gets refreshed for 2019 image

Both the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster models are now available for ordering, with sales set to begin some time in Q2 of 2019.