► New for 2019
► Design engines and tech upgrade
► 20 years since new model
The new, third-gen Audi TT is here, and Ingolstadt believes it’s a return to the form for one of the brand’s most important cars. Featuring the usual styling tweaks – read more angles – along with a petrol-only 2.0-litre engine line-up and more technology, Audi believes the new car represents a solid upgrade over what’s come before. So, what’s new with the 2019 Audi TT? Keep reading to find out.
Before we talk about what Audi’s done with the new car, it’s worth outlining just how important the roadster/coupe sports car has become for the brand. Audi has sold around 600k TTs in its three generations, and it’s still a landmark for the company – especially in design.
‘The Mk1 TT introduced a totally new design language at the time, visionary.’ Jens Meier, TT product manager told CAR. ‘No other product in the Audi range represented image and sportiness in the late ‘90s more than this car. New cars are introduced every day; very few cars are capable of such inspiration.’
The biggest markets for the TT are the UK and Germany, followed by the USA and Japan.
So what’s next?
Audi says it’s updated the TT in three key areas: sportiness, engines and technology. There’s a single frame grille with a more imposing, 3D design, and there’s also new exterior colours along with 18 to 20-inch alloy wheels. More eagle-eyed viewers will notice the matte, polished Audi rings on the side of the car and LED rear lights. Not sure if we're a fan of the former, but excessive branding seems to be all the rage in 2018.
The amount of standard tech equipment has been increased too, with auto-headlamps and rain-sensors along with a multi-functional steering wheel, and heated exterior mirrors now standard across the range. Virtual Cockpit will now come with the sports mode as standard, so you can easily see things like torque, and power in the cockpit dials.
So far, we know the engines below will be available, with the car coming out in 40 TFSi, 45 TFSi and TTS trims – but all will use a 2.0-litre powerplant in various states of tune. In performance terms, the warmest Quattro-equipped, new seven-speed S-tronic equipped TT S will hit 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds.
- 40 TFSi 194bhp/320Nm
- 45 TFSi 245bhp/370Nm
- TT S 302bhp/400Nm
And no, there won’t be a diesel TT in 2018. ‘We decided really early to remove diesel. Not suitable for some markets,’ Meier told CAR. ‘But for us, for the future of the TT it made no sense to continue it. We’ve left Le Mans with diesel after all.’
Other models, like an RS?
The car you see above is actually a special edition of the new TT, designed to commerorate 20 years of the model. Featuring the same grey paint and baseball stitching of the original, it’ll also sit on 19-inch wheels, and feature black-tipped exhaust tailpipes, a mekassin interior and black brake calipers. Like the R8 RWS, only 999 will be made, and that’s a mixture of roadster and coupe body types.
There’ll also be a hotter RS version of TT in a little while. We’re told it’ll keep the same five-cylinder engine as the previous model, but power should reach 400bhp.