Audi is not saying to goodbye to sports cars just yet. Despite the onset of powerful hybrids, Audi is keeping the traditional two-door coupe alive. Say hello to the sharper-looking 2019 TT RS. Featuring a more muscular design, the refreshed TT RS is has been made sharper and more high-tech than ever.
“The new TT RS is in absolute peak form. Like a well-trained athlete, it showcases even more prominently how much power lies beneath its muscular outer skin,” said Michael-Julius Renz, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH.
Upon first glance, it's hard to see what Audi exactly did to change up the styling of the 2019 TT RS. Instead of a radical redesign, Audi went for a more subtle approach. It gets a new front spoiler which Audi claimed was inspired by motorsport design. Meanwhile, the signature Singleframe grill surround has received a matte black finish while the honeycomb inserts are painted gloss black for a striking contrast.
The rear, on the other hand, gets a new wing which now comes with side winglets that aid in delivering improved downforce. Finally, the updated TT RS is now equipped with a restyled rear diffuser and new oval-shaped dual exhausts. Apart from the slight exterior makeover, Audi also threw in three new color choices for the 2019 update: Kyalami Green, Pulse Orange and Turbo Blue.
Inside, not much has changed in the 2019 TT RS. However, Audi did upgrade the onboard infotainment system to bring it up-to-date. With it, the sports car can now come with MMI navigation, voice control, and even Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity with Audi Connect. Also available is a Bang & Olufsen sound system that delivers 680 watts of sound, and a clearer 12.3-inch digital instrument display.
At the heart of the 2019 TT RS is a 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder turbocharged engine. Like the pre-facelift version, it still produces an impressive 400 PS at 5850 – 7000 rpm along with 480 Nm of torque available at 1950 – 5850 rpm. Power is then sent to all four wheels via the quattro all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. With it, the TT RS is capable of sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (3.9 seconds in the roadster) and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (280 km/h with the limiter removed).
Both the Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster models are now available for ordering, with sales set to begin some time in Q2 of 2019.