Static photo Colour: Tango Red

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Colour: Tango Red

Continuing its blitz of new model launches, Audi Malaysia has rolled out the Audi TTS Coupe, with prices starting from RM389,900 – a cool RM105k over the regular TT’s RM284,900. This is the first official “S” model from the local distributor to debut here. Could this open doors for more “S” models? We’ll see.

For now, here’s a closer look at the hotter version of the TT, equipped with more power and a few exterior and interior party tricks unique to the “S” model.

Starting with its power, the Audi TTS Coupe gets a 2.0 TFSI four-pot turbocharged engine that makes 286 hp and 380 Nm of torque between 1,800 to 5,200 rpm.

You may notice that there is a slight drop in its power figures from the Euro-market TTS’ 310 hp/380 Nm, but Audi Malaysia has confirmed to that it has had to compromise the performance of our local-spec model slightly to accommodate the demands of our local fuel quality and hot climate — it was a similar case for our local-spec Volkswagen Golf R, which also had its local output figures compromised.

Nonetheless, the TTS’ unique engine components are left intact, continuing to feature reinforced aluminium pistons, connecting rods, bearings and crankcase, as well as a high-performance air-to-air intercooler system.

Also, despite the dip in horsepower, Audi Malaysia still claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.7 seconds – a total 1.2 seconds faster than the regular TT Coupe. A six-speed S tronic wet, dual-clutch transmission is equipped, while power is distributed to all four wheels via the brand’s proprietary quattro all-wheel drive system – comparatively, the local-spec regular TT was only available as a front-wheel drive version. To best exploit all this power, the Audi TTS is equipped with the same five drive modes available on the regular TT: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual modes.

On the exterior front, the TTS is standard-equipped with several unique items that set it apart and above from the regular TT. These include TTS badges all around, a TTS-specific body kit that adds a sportier front and rear bumper and diffuser, a TTS-specific radiator grille with aluminium design elements, four-oval tailpipes and TTS-exclusive 19-inch forged aluminium wheels. There’s also an active rear spoiler that pops up at speeds above 120 km/h.

While LED headlamps and tail lights come as standard on the TTS, you could specify the optional Matrix LEDs for a cool RM5,000 extra.

The interior of the Audi TTS Coupe also adds the Audi Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch driver-biased instrument panel display screen, as well as the cool air-conditioning vents which have integrated displays on them.

Unique to the TTS, however is a set of electrically-adjustable S sport front seats, TTS sports contour leather-covered multifunction plus steering wheel with shift paddles, various “S” badges, a honeycomb-like laser texture on the dash, and an impressive, 680 watt, 12-speaker, 14-channel Bang & Olufsen sound system. And yes, these are all included as standard equipment for the TTS.

Audi TTS Coupé

Audi TTS Coupé

Standard convenience and safety features include a Comfort Key, Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) which includes Traction Control (ASR), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and four airbags.

Optionally, you could add a further two airbags and a parking aid plus with selective display system, but Audi Malaysia hasn’t yet revealed prices for these items, that are most likely to be a part of a package deal. It has revealed that the optional rear-view camera will set you back RM2,500.

Eleven colour options are available for the TTS, being Glacier White, Scuba Blue, Tango Red, Floret Silver, Monsoon Grey, Nano Grey, Brilliant Black, Mythos Black and Daytona Grey with pearl effect, along with TTS-exclusive colours, Vegas Yellow and Sepang Blue with pearl effect.

Audi TT Coupe