Audi has given its popular TT range a refresh which consists of a new engine and subtle tweaks to the looks. This comes as Peugeot starts sales of its RCZ coupe, which made the journey from concept to production unmolested. We’ll get to drive the French hottie soon, but for now let’s focus on the TT’s new goodies.

Nothing too much to alter the instantly recognisable design. Up front is a new bumper that frames larger air inlets with “three-dimensional” edges. The fog lights now have chrome rings and the lattice of the single-frame grille is in high-gloss black.

Twelve white LEDs in a straight line serve as the daytime running lights. At the back, the “floating” reflectors of the tail lights add visual depth and the larger, flat black diffuser is matched by larger pipes. These changes have added 2 cm to the TT (now 4,187 mm). Four new metallic colours have been added.

Inside, Audi has merely played around with the trim – some silver here, some high-gloss black there. The aluminium strip above the glove box door is now in brushed grey. There are three new interior colours to choose from – nougat brown, titanium gray and garnet red. Leather seat covers are treated to reduce thermal heating by as much as 20 degrees Celsius when the TT is parked in the sun, useful for us in Malaysia.

New to the lineup is the 2.0 TFSI with 211 bhp, which replaces the 200 bhp version of the same engine and the 3.2 FSI. Torque is rated at 350 Nm, which is a big 70 Nm more than the previous TFSI. These new stats also put the TT well clear of the top RCZ, which 1.6 THP engine puts out 200 bhp/255 Nm. The turbocharged and direct fuel injected engine features Audi valvelift system (AVS) which adjusts the lift of the exhaust valves in two stages depending on need. Paired to the dual clutch six-speed S tronic and quattro AWD, 0-100 km/h takes only 5.6 seconds.

The other engines are a 1.8 TFSI with 160 bhp/250 Nm and a 2.0 TDI with 170 bhp/350 Nm. Opt for the diesel and you’ll be rewarded by 18.9 km/l combined consumption. Available as an option on all variants is Audi’s magnetic ride shock absorber system together with a Sport button that allows the driver to control servo boost for the steering and the engine sound in two stages.

More pictures after the jump.

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