2020 Audi TT-RS - Driven
Audi updated the TT-RS for the 2019 model year, and after just a year on the market, we finally managed to get our hands on one. To our surprise, we found that the updated front and rear designs actually give the TT-RS a more dynamic, yet aggressive look. That is thanks to, at least in part, the new honeycomb grille up front that’s paired with the contrasted front spoiler lip.
Further emphasizing the sporty appearance of our TT-RS tester were the black mirror caps, the black accents on the rear spoiler, and the black diffuser-like elements in the rear fascia. Most people wouldn’t recognize some of the smaller bits, but those black legs for the spoiler, for instance, really stand out with the black accents on the rear decklid and the taillights.
The interior design of the TT-RS just screams performance and, at times, we almost felt like we were driving a Porsche. Maybe it’s the honeycomb inserts on the seats, the low seating position, or the material on the flat-bottom steering wheel. Honestly, it was probably a combination of all three, but we were so mesmerized by the crispness of the Audi virtual cockpit it was hard to look away.
Under the hood sits Audi’s classic 2.5-liter inline-five with 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. We really wish we had a six-speed manual, but unfortunately, the best we could ask for was the seven-speed automatic. The AWD was nice and, despite Audi’s claims of a 3.7-second sprint to 60 mph, we actually clocked the same run somewhere in the high-3.5 to low-3.6 range on multiple occasions. If we had tried a top speed run, we would have been limited to 155 mph (we didn’t break the highway speed limit, though) however, if you’re willing to pay for it, you could get that limit raised to 174 mph. Pricing for our tester, as you see it here, was $77,490.
2019 Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition
The Audi TT is turning 20 years old this year, and to commemorate that milestone, Audi is rolling out a special edition model, called the 20th Anniversary Edition. The exclusive touches included in the TT 20th Anniversary Edition are mostly cosmetic in nature, including a pair of paint colors that are exclusive to the model. Audi only plans to sell 999 units of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition, and only 80 units of that total volume will arrive in the U.S. market. The starting price for the coupe version sits at $52,900 while the roadster version starts at $56,800. The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is available to order now.
2019 Audi TT
Audi first introduced the TT as a sporty compact two-door in the late ‘90s, with the latest third-generation model arriving in 2014 at the Geneva International Motor Show. Offered as both a hardtop coupe and a drop-top roadster, Audi sends the TT into the 2019 model year with a mild refresh, including an updated exterior, a new seven-speed gearbox, and more standard equipment as well.
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2019 Audi TT RS
The current Audi TT was unveiled in 2014, and the range-topping TT RS model was introduced for the 2017 model year. The high-revving coupe has been on the market for less than two years as of May, but Audi is already testing a mid-cycle facelift. Spotted testing on public roads in late 2017, the TT RS visited the Nurburgring track in April 2018. The coupe is still wearing camouflaged over the body parts that will get updates, but it seems that it won’t be long until it’s ready to go into production.
Like all Audi facelifts, expect the upgrade to bring only minor revisions inside and out. The exterior should get new bumpers and improved aerodynamics, while the cabin should receive Audi’s latest technology, but retain the third-generation design layout. The German car will continue to use the turbocharged, five-cylinder engine, but revised internals should add a bit of extra power and decrease CO2 emissions. An unveiling could happen by the end of 2018, but don’t expect the updated TT RS to arrive in the United States before the 2020 model year.
Updated 07/06/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi TT RS testing on the smaller roads in Southern Europe.
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2018 Audi TT Lighting Style Edition
The new-generation Audi A8 is understandably getting all the love today, but it’s far from the only Audi model making the news. Over in Japan, Audi has introduced an exclusive limited-edition version of the TT sports coupe. It’s officially called the TT 1.8 Lighting Style Edition, and it’s making us wonder (yet again) what we did to deserve not getting any of these special editions in the U.S.
The TT Lighting Style Edition features a steady diet of cosmetic upgrades. It has exclusive color offerings, aesthetic upgrades, and packages that come standard on the model. Audi also picked a good variant of the TT – the 1.8 – to dress up in the exclusive garb. The automaker didn’t say how many of the TT Lighting Style Editions it plans to roll out in the Japanese market, but it did say that the car will be priced in the market at 5.29 million yen, or around $46,200 based on current exchange rates. The price tag is surprisingly modest considering that here in the U.S., the 2.0 TT starts at $43,500. Fortunately, this is one of those times where we don’t really miss out on a special edition model since American customers can basically order the same thing. That said, it still would be nice if Audi sent more of its special edition models to the U.S. That way, we wouldn’t have to keep looking to the other side of the world to satisfy our SE fixes.
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2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro
The Audi TT entered its third generation for 2016 and is built upon Volkswagen’s MQB platform. At Launch it was available with the choice of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivered 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, or 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet in TTS form. There was also a 2.0-liter TDI with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet but, unlike the TFSI unit that could be equipped with Quattro all-wheel- drive, the TDI was only available in front-wheel drive. In terms of design, the third-gen model changed very little and looked quite similar to the second-gen model it replaced. It did get the updated Audi grille design to go with a restyled side profile and mildly redesign fascias. On the inside, the biggest news was the addition of Audi’s virtual cockpit as standard equipment, but aside from a few nips and tucks, that was it.
This isn’t the first time that Audi has given the TDI an all-wheel drive configuration. Back in 2008, the second-gen model got its own 2.0 TDI Quattro variant, but it wasn’t quite as powerful as the new third-gen TDI Quattro model. But, it’s not all gravy when it comes to the TDI Quattro. See, those who remember and fell in love with the second-gen TDI Quattro will tell you that it came standard with a six-speed manual transmission for that row-your-own goodness that is oh so fun. This model, however, is only available with the six-speed dual clutch transmission. Sure, the dual-clutch unit has been found to offer better performance and fuel economy, and there are paddle shifters, but it’s just not the same. If you really want the six-speed manual, you can still get it in the front-wheel-drive TT TDI, but who really wants front-wheel drive when you can have Quattro?
Regardless of being stuck with the six-speed dual clutch, the third-gen TT TDI has finally gotten the Quattro drive system it deserves, so let’s dive on in and talk a little more about it.
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2016 Audi TT Black Edition
There was a once a time when the Audi TT was in desperate need of a makeover after the previous generation model was running on fumes, having carried the name for Audi for eight years. Everything changed, though, when the third- and current-generation TT finally arrived in 2014. Not only did it bring some much-needed life back to the TT name, it also reinvigorated Audi’s entire sports car lineup. Fast forward to today and the TT remains a relevant force for Audi, so much so that it received the special edition treatment in the form of the TT Black Edition.
Before any of you get excited, it must be noted that the TT Black Edition, together with the other Audi models receiving similar treatment, is only available in the UK. I know, right? Is it too much to ask for American customers to get some special edition love too? Frustrations notwithstanding, the TT is joined in the Black Edition series by the A3 and S3, as well as the S6 and S7 Sportback models, the Q3 SUV, and of course, the TT Roadster.
Most of the upgrades in the TT Black Edition are of the cosmetic variety, but there are some upgrades that are exclusive to the coupe and roadster versions of the TT and TTS. There are no engine modifications, so prospective owners shouldn’t expect anything from the TT’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, which produces 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Come to grips with that and the TT Black Edition becomes a lot more desirable.
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2017 Audi TT S Line Competition
Launched in 2014, the third-generation Audi TT uses the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, which it shares with vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf, Seat Leon, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Alongside the new platform, the TT also received an update styling language, a new interior, and a range of new and revised engines. As with previous generations, the standard TT was followed by a sportier TT S version and a high-performance TT RS model, as well as a handful of special-edition cars and even a race-spec Sport TT Cup variant. In 2016, Audi introduced a new limited-edition model, the TT S Line Competition, in Europe.
Much like previous special-edition TTs, such as the Nuvolari for instance, the S Line Competition comes with a number of unique features, extra standard equipment, and a special sticker that brings savings compared to regular models specced in a similar way. Available in both coupe and roadster versions, the S Line Competition gets a sportier exterior package that also includes a fixed rear wing, a unique upholstery inside the cabin, and a stiffer suspension setup.
The new limited-edition model will arrive in showrooms at the end of 2016, but it will only be offered in Europe. At least for the time being, as Audi has yet to say whether it will cross the pond to the U.S. at a later date.
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2016 - 2018 Audi TT
The Audi TT entered its “third generation” for the 2016 model year. Despite it being considering a new-gen model, it continues on it typical Audi fashion looking much like the model it succeeds. On the outside, it got a redesigned grille, new headlight and taillight lens layouts, slightly restyled side profile and slightly different fascias. On the inside, the cabin looks like it got more of a makeover than a redesign. The HVAC vents now sit higher; the infotainment display isn’t integrated into the center stack, and the car now comes standard with Audi’s virtual cockpit. Outside of this, there were minor nips and tucks here and there, but nothing extreme. Under the hood, European customers can find a 2.0-liter diesel or a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered engine. European-spec models range between 184 and 310 horsepower. U.S.-Spec customers only get the 2.0-liter gasoline unit that delivers either 220 horsepower in the standard TT or 292 horsepower in the TT-S.
All told, the interior is cleaner and more simplified than before, and the engines are new for this generation. Audi still has a bad habit of making new cars look a lot like old cars, but somehow it continues to work for the company, so to each their own, I guess. Its competition is very strong too, as its primary competitors are models like the rear-wheel-drive BMW 2 Series or the Nissan 370Z, both of which offer better power output in the right trim.
So, does the new Audi TT have what it takes to best brands like BMW and Nissan? Check out our full and detailed review below to decide for yourself.
Updated 05/16/2016: Audi announced prices for the 2017 TT, in both standard and S version, and announced a series of small updates for the compact sports coupe. Continue reading to learn more about what 2017 brings new to the lineup and how much the changes will cost you.
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2018 Audi TT-RS Roadster
In March of 2016 we were looking at the most recent spy shots of the upcoming Audi TT-RS Roadster, and with the kickoff of the Beijing Auto Show, we’re finally getting to see the car in the metal. The Roadster is a pretty big departure from its predecessor. Highlights include new styling up front, new Matric OLED lights available in the rear, a cockpit that is focused on the driver, and – more importantly – an updated 2.5-liter that promises to bring a 60-horsepower improvement over the previous model. The new TT-RS Roadster hits showrooms in Europe as early as fall of 2016 and will have a starting price of €69,200 – $77,873 at current exchange rates.
Originally, we expected to see the TT-RS Coupe debut at the New York Auto Show and the TT-RS Roadster to come later on at the Paris Auto Show in October. Audi threw us all for a loop, however, and decided to pull the sheet off both at the Beijing Auto Show. Since we’ve been itching to see the Roadster like there is no tomorrow, join me on a stroll down the page as we talk about the new TT-RS Roadster in detail. There are some exciting things to talk about, if you’re an Audi fan, that is.
Updated 04/25/2016: Audi unveiled the new TT RS at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
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2016 Audi TT-S 120th Anniversary Edition by ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline is 120 years old. It’s a little hard to comprehend given how old the auto industry is as a whole, but it’s all true. The German tuning firm traces its roots all the way back to 1896 when it was founded as Auto-Abt. The firm has evolved over the years with the current iteration – Abt Sportsline GmBH – only forming in 1991. Despite the rather jagged history, ABT Sportsline still harkens back to 1896 as the year it officially came to existence, hence the celebration of its 120th anniversary.
To commemorate this incredible occasion, ABT Sporstline is presenting three special edition programs for three of Audi’s most popular vehicles: the TT-S, Q3, and the T6 van. This space is dedicated to the TT-S, the sportiest and without question the most performance-oriented of the three models. Following its usual blueprint, ABT Sportsline gave the TT-S a comprehensive kit that underscores the car’s sporting characteristics. The kit has an aerodynamic kit made mostly of carbon fiber. It also a comprehensive engine upgrade that includes three different stages, each with varying levels of power increases. Oh, and it also has those aftermarket floor mats that are staples in any ABT tuning kit.
The only downside to this tuning kit is its limited number. The tuner says that only 40 units of the TT-S 120th Anniversary Edition will be built. Pricing numbers have yet to be announced, but given the limited and unique nature of these TT-S models, expect each of the 40 units to sell for a premium relative to the price of the standard model.
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The all-new Audi TTS represents a new styling direction for the firm’s beloved entry-level sports car. With a new look featuring the latest in Audi’s design philosophy, the TTS is certainly ripe for some aftermarket loving. The model was only launched in May 2015 and it didn’t take long for ABT Sportsline to jump in front of the line with one of the first tuning programs for the sports car.
The German tuner is famous for cooking up impressive programs for the Four Rings. Just recently, ABT Sportsline introduced a new kit for the Audi SQ5. It’s also done work on the Audi S8, S1, RS5, and naturally, the previous generation of the TTS.
Now that there’s a new TTS in town, ABT Sportsline went back to work, designing a new aerodynamic kit that’s well suited for the proportions of the sports car. The tuner also put in some time dressing up the interior and beefing up the sports car’s suspension. But, anybody who knows of ABT Sportsline’s work, knows that the real highlight of its programs is the engine modification. On that end, ABT didn’t disappoint with what it was able to bring out of the TTS’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
If anybody ever expected anything less out of ABT Sportsline, this program for the new Audi TTS would put all those doubts away.
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With Austria’s annual Worthersee car tuning show just around the corner, Audi unveiled the TT Clubsport Turbo Technology Concept, a study developed to showcase the company’s future turbocharging systems. Powered by an innovative turbo that uses electric power to produce more horsepower, the concept also showcases Audi’s ability to turn the sporty TT model into a full-fledged race car. Arguably more aggressive than the TT Cup introduced in 2014, the Clubsport Turbo Technology Concept is inspired by one of the company’s older race car and looks ready to hit the track for some impressive lap times.
Unfortunately, Audi doesn’t plan to put the concept car into production as whole. Instead, the Germans will further develop the turbo under the hood for road use and maybe use some of these aero updates in the development of the next TT Cup race car.
There’s no word when this new turbo technology will hit the streets, but Audi claims it is "close to production readiness," which could mean less than a couple of years. Keep reading to find out more.
Updated 05/13/2015: Audi unveiled a promo video for the new TT Clubsport Turbo concept. Enjoy!
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The Audi TT hit the market initially as a coupe in 1998, but a convertible model followed the next year. The original TT featured a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that laid down 180 horsepower. In 2001, a 225-horsepower TT quattro debuted, and a 250-horsepower version with a 3.2-liter V-6 arrived in 2004.
The model hit its second generation in 2006, and it featured a more aggressive body language and a weight loss of up to 200 pounds. With the second generation coming to a close, we are now starting to see the 2016 Audi TT make a slow debut around the globe. The European market will see the third-generation TT in time for the 2014 model year, but the U.S. may not see it until the 2016 model year. And the convertible version rolled out even later. On September 24, 2014, Audi finally unveiled the TT Roadster in time for its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Updated 05/06/2015: Audi announces U.S. prices for the new generation TT which will be put on sale later this summer. As expected, the Roadster version will be a little bit more expensive than the coupe, with prices starting from $46,400.
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Model year note: The TT Roadster is a 2015 model year in Germany, but for the U.S. it will be a 2016 model year.