Audi TT RS Now Available With Stunning New Matte Finish

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The gorgeous paintwork suits the five-pot TT's boisterous personality.

We're told repeatedly that white and black are the most sensible options when it comes to color choices for our cars. While those options may be okay for a nondescript SUV or civilized sedan, sportier cars should be painted in a hue that represents their dynamic streak.

To that end, Audi has introduced several new matte finishes for the five-cylinder TT RS and RS Q3 models. The Ingolstadt-based brand says demand for dramatic paint finishes is increasing as buyers want to express their individuality and their vehicle's sportiness.

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Aside from the striking Python Yellow for the TT RS and the Dew Silver for the RS Q3, two other colors have been added to Audi's matte-finish palette. Called Daytona Gray and Florett Silver, the hues will be made available for regular TT and Q3 models. These exterior colors are, for now, available on vehicles assembled at Audi's Hungarian plant in Gyor.

In order to protect from rust and the elements, modern paints are complex. Totaling five thin layers - the cathodic dip coating (CDP), filler, base coat, clear coat, and phosphate layer - it is no thicker than a strand of human hair. Paintwork undergoes a series of tests to ensure it can withstand the harshest conditions. Audi's approval system ensures the paintwork will last, which is why color approval can take as long as three to five years. The new paint additions certainly look good, but we're not sure it's as amazing as the BMW iX's color-changing panels.

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The unique matte finish is achieved by coating the primer, filler, and color layers with a clear matte coat, which is applied directly to the base coat. Matting agents give the paint its distinctive finish. Python Yellow is one of the TT RS's signature shades, the bright hue teaming well with the sporty character.

Part of that character is derived from its glorious engine, a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. Courtesy of quattro all-wheel drive and a quick-shifting, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, it dispatches 0 to 60 mph in a supercar-rivaling 3.6 seconds. Powered by the same distinctive-sounding powertrain is the RS Q3 which, sadly, isn't sold stateside. This powertrain will also be used in the upcoming RS3.

Despite being in the market for some time, the Audi TT RS still remains a fierce competitor to the likes of Porsche's 718 Cayman, the Jaguar F-Type, and the upcoming Nissan Z, with 400 horsepower. If you want to enjoy the sonorous five-pot soundtrack and warp-speed acceleration, best you get your hands on one now - after 2022, US-spec TT RS models are no more.

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