The Audi TT RS isn’t exactly an old car that’s in dire need of a facelift, but our spy photographers managed to catch a partially camouflaged prototype undergoing tests at the Nurburgring. Several cues that give it away are the large oval exhaust pipes and fixed rear spoiler – both elements unique to the Audi RS line-up.

Now, the mid-life revisions will most likely shape up in the form of redesigned headlights and tail lights, reprofiled front and rear bumpers, as well as new side skirts. From the pictures, the front bumper looks largely unchanged, but it’s safe to assume that the final version will vary slightly from the outgoing model.

The rear, on the other hand, gets a new fixed spoiler that’s quite obviously different, and it’s possibly optimised for aerodynamics as well. Through the opaque masking on the headlights and tail lights, it appears that the former features new LED DRLs, but the graphics in the tail lights remain as before. This could change, considering the brand’s track record, but really, only time will tell.

Mechanically, the MQB-based coupé will probably get a slight power bump, up from the current 400 hp/480 Nm mark that’s produced by a 2.5 litre inline-five turbo petrol. Together with a seven-speed S Tronic DCT and quattro AWD, the coupé sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, while the drop-top model performs the century sprint in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h for both models, but customers can have it turned up to 280 km/h, albeit for a small fee.

Back home, Audi Malaysia is offering the regular TT (2.0 TFSI, front-wheel drive) for RM287k, and the hotter TTS (2.0 TFSI, quattro) for RM393k. The most recent addition to the line-up is the TT Black Edition, which costs a handsome RM317,400. Visit CarBase.my to find out more about the TT’s equipment and specs.

GALLERY: 2018 Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Black Edition