2019 Audi TTS Plays It Safe With Minor Styling Tweaks

Spy photographers recently caught the facelifted Audi TT and TT-RS undergoing testing and now we’re getting a glimpse of the middle child.

Snapped in snowy conditions, the facelifted TTS is instantly recognizable as designers didn’t make any drastic changes. That being said, the car has been equipped with a new front bumper which features sportier air intakes. The headlights also have thin strips of camouflage of them and this suggests they could receive some minor updates as well.

The rest of the design largely carries over but the rear fascia has subtle styling tweaks. The modest upgrades are expected to continue in the cabin as the car will likely have an upgraded digital instrument cluster, revised trim / upholstery options and additional semi-autonomous driving technology.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is expected to carryover but it remains to be seen if there will be any performance modifications. If Audi eschews upgrades, we can expect the engine to produce 310 PS (228 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in as little as 4.6 seconds before topping out at 250 km/h (155 mph).

The facelifted TT lineup is expected to be introduced later this year and rumors have suggested there could be a new entry-level variant which uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

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  • Dustin

    Looks like it’s getting the lower front treatment from the A7.

  • SteersUright

    Who is the TT marketed to? I don’t understand the purpose of this car. The original was stunning in its originality but never a proper sporting drive. The latest ones are much, much better performers but still highly compromised especially at their lofty price-tags where serious competition lessens the appeal. The only redeeming quality is the magnificent inline-5 turbo engine Audi saw fit to make for the RS model and I wish that motor would find a proper home in a proper sports car. Whatever happened to Audi’s forthcoming baby R8? That engine would’ve been wonderful in a smaller, cheaper, R8 for the “masses”.

    • Six_Tymes

      “serious competition” I am just asking, give me 3. based on what what you said. I couldn’t think of any sports cars with 4 wheel drive, or awd. so I would like to know what sports cars you refer to, that are “serious competition” and they dont have to be 4wd or awd but one would be nice to hear of. as far as 2wd, ok the x86 and 370z? but what other awd or 4wd 2dr sports cars are there? do tell.

      • SteersUright

        Ok, so a pretty solid build with the most desirable options would put the TT RS at around $80k. 4WD is not a consideration for everyone (like me), admittedly it is for some who want to drive their sports car in the Winter though Im sure you know a proper snow-tire equipped rear-drive car will fare pretty well. Also, while the TT RS offers 4WD, per most reviews it also falls apart at the limit where the very nose heavy bias of the Golf chassis rears its head and the TT RS begins to protest and understeer. Also, dynamics aside, nearly every reviewer said its a capable rocket, but a somewhat lifeless and inert driving experience.
        Either way, being in Florida, I just look at what is the best sports car I can get for my $80k and begin from there. Some more desirable alternatives to the new TT RS that come to my mind: a Cayman S, Corvette Grandsport, C63 Coupe, M4/M3/M2 (esp the CS coming out), a 1 year old 911 (can do a “4” if u must), 2016 Cayman GT4/Boxster Spyder (as a interesting outside option), and many others.
        Look, sports cars, like good wine, come in so many flavors that appeal differently to everyone. However, for me, the TT RS is mispriced at near $80k and will suffer poor sales as a result. The discounts available on the last run were pretty significant and I don’t see this time around being much different.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Someone could look at these images and say, so Audi thinks it’s own headlights are dismal, and if you want to do any serious country driving, you should fit a pair of dinner-plate sized lights at the front.