The refreshed model makes subtle tweaks, but is no more expensive.
Far from giving up on the slow-selling TT and it’s RS high-performance variant, Audi will bring a refreshed version to the New York Auto Show next week. Today, the company announced more information on the 2019 Audi TT RS, including pricing.
The changes are subtle from the previous model, at least on the outside. Audi updated the front and rear fascia, as well as offered some more color choices. New for this year are Turbo Blue, Tango Red Metallic and Kyalami Green. The 2019 Audi TT RS comes standard with new 19-inch Audi Sport wheels, as well as optional 20-inch wheels as part of the Dynamic package. Finally, the refreshed model gets a matte black Singleframe grille, larger air inlets and a new fixed rear spoiler.
Inside, there are some more subtle tweaks to the interior. You get contrast leather stitching throughout the cabin, including on the door armrests, center console and dash. The design package also includes red or blue highlights on the air vents, seats and seat belts. On the technology front, the 2019 Audi TT RS gets a new 680-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, as well as wireless charging. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit remains standard equipment on the RS model.
Performance and Availability
The 2019 Audi TT RS is no more powerful or faster than the outgoing model. Here, you still get a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine, same as before. The engine manages 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, and comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Still, the Audi TT RS claims a lightning-fast 3.6-second 0-60 time thanks to the power and its Quattro all-wheel drive system.
The 2019 Audi TT RS will go on sale later this spring. Prices will start at $67,895 including a $995 destination fee. For the minor changes, Audi is asking $2,000 over the 2018 model, which is worth weighing if you’re in the market for this Porsche Cayman-fighter.