Facelifted 2019 Audi TT breaks cover with subtle design updates, more power

It may wave goodbye to diesel engines, though

Audi has lifted the veils of its refreshed 2019 TT sports car, which combines subtle design updates with more powerful engines and extended standard equipment.

Both the TT Coupé and TT Roadster gain a different filling for the Singleframe grille, sharper-looking bumpers, as well as optional LED or Matrix LED headlights. The optional S line exterior package adds goodies like a full-length front splitter, vertical air inlets, titanium black grille, side sills with inserts, as well as a wider diffuser and vertical air inlets at the rear.

The facelifted TT comes with standard 17-inch wheels, but Audi and Audi Sport offer optional rims in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch diameters. Rounding off the exterior changes is an extended color palette that adds three new paintworks: cosmos blue, pulse orange and turbo blue (S line only).

Inside, the 2019 Audi TT gets sport seats with integrated head restraints, which also get pneumatically adjustable side bolsters with the S line sport package. The standard 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit comes with a new sport display as an option, which provides real-time information about the engine output, torque, and g-forces.

Also standard are the Audi drive select handling system, rain and light sensors, heated side mirrors, multifunction steering wheel plus, Bluetooth connectivity, and illuminated USB ports.

The big news is the fact that the TT will offer more powerful gasoline engines, all featuring a 2.0-liter displacement. There's the entry-level 40 TFSI with 197 hp (195 bhp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, the 45 TFSI and 45 TFSI quattro with 245 hp (242 hp) and 370 Nm (272 lb-ft), and the TTS with 306 hp (302 bhp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft).

A standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions (standard for 45 TFSI quattro and TTS) are on offer, and all the engines feature a gasoline particulate filter. There’s no word about diesel-powered TTs, which may mean the TT will only offer gasoline units.

Handling-wise, the 2019 TT will be available with the Audi magnetic ride that lowers the body by 10 mm for more precise handling — opting for the S line sport package will also result in a lower ride height. Another chassis highlight is the wheel-selective torque control that improves handling by braking the unloaded wheels on the inside of a curve.  

The 2019 Audi TT will arrive in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2018, but customers will be able to place their orders from late September. Prices start at around €35,000 for the Coupé and €37,500 for the Roadster, which comes with a soft top in either black or gray.

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