The second-generation Audi TT never matched the original in the style stakes – that model brought a level of design excellence to the small coupé and convertible market not seen for many years.

Several features make the TT more than merely the ambitiously re-skinned Volkswagen Golf the original car was. Although still very much a part of the same VW Group platform family, the current TT benefits from a variety of bespoke features intended to enhance its dynamics.

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Its body is unusual for being 69 percent aluminium and 31 percent steel, in a quest both to save weight and to achieve a more favourable distribution. Its front suspension is part-fabricated from aluminium and the rear four-link layout is unique to the model, whereas the previous car shared substantially more chassis hardware with the Golf.

The TT RS is lifted above lesser models by its matt aluminium door mirror caps and RS badging on the brake calipers, grille and bootlid. The RS comes with 18-inch five-spoke alloys as standard, with 19- and 20-inchers available on the options list.

The most eye-catching of the RS’s styling addenda is the fixed-position rear wing, and although the retractable spoiler of the standard car is offered as a no-cost option, few buyers are expected to choose it.

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Audi’s trademark LED daytime running lights are fitted as standard, as is an exhaust system with tailpipes exiting from both corners of the rear bumper. A flap inside the left-hand tailpipe opens to produce a more insistent – occasionally too insistent – exhaust note in Sport mode, which also sharpens the throttle.

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