2019 Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster: prices, specs and on-sale date
The facelifted TT RS arrives in April with updated looks and technology
The updated version of the Audi TT RS has been revealed, with order books set to open later in February. As ever, there will be Coupe and Roadster models to choose from, with the Coupe priced at around £60,000 and the Roadster costing an extra £2,000.
The sharp lines of the TT RS have been made more sinewy for 2019 with a racing-style chin spoiler and side skirts. Its bumpers have also been tweaked, the fixed rear wing gets black side planes, and a gloss-black trim has been added. Alloy wheels will be 19-inches as standard, with 20-inch versions available as an option. At the rear, Matrix OLED rear lights, which 'put on a spectacular display' when the ignition is turned on, are available too.
Alcantara sports seats and an RS steering wheel complement the car’s performance credentials, while Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster comes as standard too. The latter has been tweaked to provide performance data, including tyre pressures, engine torque, g-force and shift lights as you approach maximum revs. There's also the usual smattering of 'RS' logos, door sills and pedals. Optional RS design packs add red or blue contrasting air vents, seatbelts and floor mats.
Under the bonnet is the familiar 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 395bhp. The TT RS sends power to all four wheels through a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Press the accelerator as hard as possible and the RS will get from 0-62mph in a supercar-worrying 3.7 seconds, making it quicker in a straight line than a Porsche 718 Cayman. The car’s top speed is limited to 155mph but you can pay Audi to have that adjusted to 174mph.
Chassis upgrades include larger front brakes designed to cope with repeated stops from high speeds, adaptive steering, and optional adaptive suspension, which can be adjusted to make the car feel more comfortable or more aggressive.
Audi has also taken the chance to ensure the infotainment system is up to date, with Wi-Fi hotspot, online services, and Audi Phone Box connection all standard. A 680-watt Bang and Olufsen sound system should please music-loving owners.