Audi unveiled the 2019 TT RS at the Chicago Auto Show, following up the TT’s new-generation avatar launched last year. The 2019 Audi TT RS is the only five-cylinder sports car in production.
At the ongoing 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Audi had a lot to speak about its electric car ambitions. However, it did not fail to point out that it still made gasoline-powered cars, and that its long-living TT nameplate just bulked up with the arrival of the 2019 TT RS.
Audi doesn't think the TT RS needs more than cosmetic updates for 2019.
The 2018 Audi TT RS was a real hardcore sports car. It rocketed to the ton in 3.3 seconds, pulled cornering forces up to 1.05g, and defeated a similarly-specced and priced Porsche Cayman S. What’s more, the former’s 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine sounded better.
For 2019, Audi has decided to stick to the winning formula and kept the TT RS’s mechanicals untouched. The changes are strictly cosmetic, yet do not hamper the car’s performance in any way. The air intakes are wider, the brake-cooling duct is no longer separate, blending into the black trim as one piece.
Customers choosing for the Black Optic package get blacked-out Audi badges as well as the model badges. New for 2019 are Matrix LED headlamps. These headlights are camera-controlled and fully adaptive. The rocker panels are redesigned with contrasting black trim adorning the side.
Audi has added three loud colours to the TT RS’s palette: Turbo Blue, Pulse Orange, and Kyalami Green. The side mirrors can be ordered in body colour or covered in carbon fibre trim in stead of just silver or gloss black.
Inside, Audi has updated the dark interiors with its RS Design package that adds red or blue accents within the air vents and on the seatbelts, floor mats. Pay Audi some more money, and the accents can also go on the seat frames and centre console. The gear selector might look like a manual affair to an innocent onlooker, but it is really a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
New interior accents are part of the 2019 updates for the Audi TT RS.
The Audi TT keeps soldiering on and selling well despite naysayers claiming it will go out of production the next year, the year next to that, and so on. However, it does not look like the cheeky little coupe is going off the boil anytime soon, and neither does Audi want to neglect the nameplate. The 2019 Audi TT RS is a testament to Audi’s commitment towards the five-pot sports car.