RE: Audi TT RS gets mid-life facelift for 2019

RE: Audi TT RS gets mid-life facelift for 2019

Wednesday 6th February

Audi TT RS gets mid-life facelift for 2019

Five-pot coupe and cabriolet models get tweaks and tech upgrades - but no more power



Audi has treated the TT RS to a mild facelift for 2019 as part of the final updates due for its five-pot coupe and cabriolet models. Having been on sale since 2014, the third-gen TT range is now half of its way through life, meaning the usual raft of design and tech changes are being rolled out - and the top models are the latest to get the tweaks.

The mid-life updates to the TT RS coupe and drop-top include new front bumpers - well, slightly restyled ones - and a more prominent fixed wing to the back; plus some new paint options. Inside, the top TT variant sticks with Audi's Virtual Cockpit tech, but the communication system features Audi's very latest voice control and connectivity software. Oh, and there are new bits of trim to spruce up the cabin, which, we might add, already stands as one of the finest in its class.


No-one will be disappointed to hear that the TT RS' party trick, its inline five motor, remains unchanged. It continues to deliver 400hp at 5,850rpm and 354lb ft at 1,950rpm to all four wheels via Haldex quattro hardware. That means the performance figures remain the same: 62mph comes in 3.7 seconds and top speed is a limited 155mph or, if you request a delimiting, 174mph.

And that's it. UK pricing and sale dates are yet to be confirmed, but we'd guess that a slight increase on the pre-facelift TT RS will leave it starting close to £55k. As before, that puts it in the same ballpark as the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS - a car with less outright power, but considerably more fizz. Nonetheless, as PH learned when we ran a TTRS on the fleet last year, it's likely to remain an immensely capable - and extraordinarily fast - machine.









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Blink982

Original Poster:

341 posts

42 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Same hideous wheels I see, which spoil the looks for me. Otherwise, it's still a very nice looking car. The engine sounds fantastic.

I wonder if you'll be able to place a factory order this time around. With the first batch, you had to put up with whatever the dealership had spec'd, which usually meant those hideous alloys.

Dominic TVRetto

1,269 posts

119 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Not usually an Audi man, but I really like these. Very impressive spec.

Colour really suits the lines, to my eyes...

cmoose

43,596 posts

167 months

Wednesday 6th February
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What is it with the current vogue for utterly tacky boot spoilers...Jaysus!

Dale487

887 posts

61 months

Wednesday 6th February
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cmoose said:
What is it with the current vogue for utterly tacky boot spoilers...Jaysus!
I think the whole TT RS looks over done, particularly the boot spoiler - do you think it be possible to have the understated looks of the standard TT with the RS engine, all wheel drive & a manual gearbox?

dino_jr

163 posts

114 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Is the TT canned after this model then?
Read some websites that think Audi will bin the TT after next year, due to declining sales (in favour of more SUV's probably.)
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icekay

17 posts

70 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Each new 911 gets a lot of stick for looking just like the previous one - the TT (and R8) happily follow a similar pattern.

Guess we should be lucky they're not following BMWs design trends.

GTEYE

1,239 posts

148 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Dale487 said:
cmoose said:
What is it with the current vogue for utterly tacky boot spoilers...Jaysus!
I think the whole TT RS looks over done, particularly the boot spoiler - do you think it be possible to have the understated looks of the standard TT with the RS engine, all wheel drive & a manual gearbox?
The TT has always been a shape where less is more. The RS models have always looked a bit over the top, and ruin the clean lines of the base car.

Dale487

887 posts

61 months

Wednesday 6th February
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dino_jr said:
Is the TT canned after this model then?
Read some websites that think Audi will bin the TT after next year, due to declining sales (in favour of more SUV's probably.)
I've seen rumours it was going to become a 4 door coupe - an expensive i30 Fastback rival?

If it became an X4 rival - 4 door, SUV, coupe - it wouldn't shock me (but the looks might).

2Btoo

920 posts

141 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Dale487 said:
cmoose said:
What is it with the current vogue for utterly tacky boot spoilers...Jaysus!
I think the whole TT RS looks over done, particularly the boot spoiler
I suspect that on a car which has so little going for it they need to have something distinctive. Driving dynamics most certainly don't appeal to the people who buy them so perhaps over-done looks do.


Dale487

887 posts

61 months

Wednesday 6th February
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GTEYE said:
Dale487 said:
cmoose said:
What is it with the current vogue for utterly tacky boot spoilers...Jaysus!
I think the whole TT RS looks over done, particularly the boot spoiler - do you think it be possible to have the understated looks of the standard TT with the RS engine, all wheel drive & a manual gearbox?
The TT has always been a shape where less is more. The RS models have always looked a bit over the top, and ruin the clean lines of the base car.
Agreed - I wasn't a fan of the MK2 looks, as it was too heavy and flared out around the sills. Making it look too much like a jelly mould.


Maldini35

1,912 posts

126 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Agree with comments about the styling.
I ran one of these for three months a couple of years ago and as a commuter car it was very impressive.
Engine is epic but as has been said many times before, the steering and chassis didn’t excite.
The corners were to be endured rather than savoured. It was all about booting it as the road straightened to feel the shove and the roar of the 5 pot. Still fun but i was left feeling ‘what if’ the chassis was more communicative.
Hugely capable car though and so, so fast.
Felt invincible in the wet.

Would be an interesting to pick one up in a few years - remove the tacky spoiler, throw on some smaller, less gaudy alloys and give it to a reputable tuner to try and inject some life into the chassis/suspension.

Or just buy a Cayman I suppose...

Dr G

13,482 posts

180 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Dale487 said:
I think the whole TT RS looks over done, particularly the boot spoiler - do you think it be possible to have the understated looks of the standard TT with the RS engine, all wheel drive & a manual gearbox?
Used to be possible to order an RS without the fixed wing (and have standard coupe retractable instead). No manual, fast Audis any more unfortunately.

For a period it was looking the 'concept quattro' coupe was going to get this engine, a 6-speed manual, and vectoring four wheel drive stolen from the RS5. There was even a test mule so equipped in A5 shell.

Vocht

1,236 posts

102 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Like most VAG products, give it a good remap and it will really transform into even more of a monster. A stage 1 remap will give this a very usable 500bhp.

andrewparker

3,371 posts

125 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Vocht said:
Like most VAG products, give it a good remap and it will really transform into even more of a monster. A stage 1 remap will give this a very usable 500bhp.
Think I'd be looking at front and rear ARBs to improve the handling before making a very fast car even faster.

Number86

17 posts

72 months

Wednesday 6th February
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The MK3 TT handles extremely well, and better than it's hatchback counterparts, I'm sure it'll handle 500bhp just fine.

It however, just doesn't communicate much to the driver.This doesn't bother me, but I can totally see why for some people on forum like this, that's a big issue.

bungle

1,385 posts

178 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Dr G said:
Used to be possible to order an RS without the fixed wing (and have standard coupe retractable instead). No manual, fast Audis any more unfortunately.
Yeah, I was after one of those (2nd-hand) for ages, but never ever saw a manual, no fixed-spolier, come up for sale.

Dale487

887 posts

61 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Dr G said:
Dale487 said:
I think the whole TT RS looks over done, particularly the boot spoiler - do you think it be possible to have the understated looks of the standard TT with the RS engine, all wheel drive & a manual gearbox?
Used to be possible to order an RS without the fixed wing (and have standard coupe retractable instead). No manual, fast Audis any more unfortunately.

For a period it was looking the 'concept quattro' coupe was going to get this engine, a 6-speed manual, and vectoring four wheel drive stolen from the RS5. There was even a test mule so equipped in A5 shell.
Shame the Concept quattro never got built.

Dale487

887 posts

61 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Maldini35 said:
Agree with comments about the styling.
I ran one of these for three months a couple of years ago and as a commuter car it was very impressive.
Engine is epic but as has been said many times before, the steering and chassis didn’t excite.
The corners were to be endured rather than savoured. It was all about booting it as the road straightened to feel the shove and the roar of the 5 pot. Still fun but i was left feeling ‘what if’ the chassis was more communicative.
Hugely capable car though and so, so fast.
Felt invincible in the wet.

Would be an interesting to pick one up in a few years - remove the tacky spoiler, throw on some smaller, less gaudy alloys and give it to a reputable tuner to try and inject some life into the chassis/suspension.

Or just buy a Cayman I suppose...
As a fun second car the Audi TT makes sense - Cayman size but more practical than a 911. I'd happily have a base MK3 with a manual gearbox.

Jex

453 posts

66 months

Wednesday 6th February
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cmoose said:
What is it with the current vogue for utterly tacky boot spoilers...Jaysus!
They are for resting champers glasses on at picnics.

Andy JB

1,163 posts

157 months

Wednesday 6th February
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Dale487 said:
Dr G said:
Dale487 said:
For a period it was looking the 'concept quattro' coupe was going to get this engine, a 6-speed manual, and vectoring four wheel drive stolen from the RS5. There was even a test mule so equipped in A5 shell.
Shame the Concept quattro never got built.
Agreed the designs looked like the most interesting (aesthetically at least) Audi had produced for a long time and first new model of interest - what a shame