2019 Audi TT RS Sports Updates Ahead of NY Auto Show Debut

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2019 Audi TT RS

The refreshed TT RS Coupe includes redesigned front and rear fascia, new technology, and more power. 

The 2019 Audi TT RS Coupe will be making its anticipated debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, running from April 19 to 28. Audi the carmaker gave us a teaser of what to expect from the sporty top of the TT model line. The RR RS offers a plethora of technology options, a hot and dynamic appearance, and more of the high-speed and deft performance we’ve come to expect.

Under the hood, the 2.5-liter TFSI engine delivers the distinctive five-cylinder sound that is unmistakably Audi, reminiscent of the original turbocharged five-cylinder, the Ur-quattro. Producing 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, hitting 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

2019 Audi TT RS Coupe

A seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission provides outstanding performance and acceleration. Additionally, the S tronic transmission includes a launch control program that gives an increased level of acceleration through precise engine speed and an automated clutch release. Standard quattro permanent all-wheel drive has the ability to send nearly 100 percent of available torque to the rear wheels, and a traction control system, specifically calibrated for the TT RS, manages distribution for optimal acceleration with minimal slip.

2019 Audi TT RS Coupe

The 2019 TT RS dials up the aggression with a matte black Singleframe grille with signature quattro script in matte titanium. A wider stance, continuous front spoiler, and redesigned fixed rear wing spoiler and large oval tailpipes underscore the Audi’s sporty DNA.

Now there are seven exterior colors available, including three new choices for 2019: Turbo Blue, Tango Red metallic, and Kyalami Green. LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights are standard on the TT RS. The OLED (organic light-emitting diode) rear taillights add a sharp 3D design.

2019 Audi TT RS Coupe

Inside, the TT RS features a driver-oriented interior with intuitive, easy-to-operate controls and functions. The refreshed RS design package extends contrast stitch leather accents to the door armrests, center console, and dash, adds red or blue highlights to air vents, seats and safety belts and includes RS floor mats.

In-vehicle technology includes the Audi virtual cockpit, a digital instrument cluster with 3D graphics. Other tech updates include standard Audi phone box, which not only charges compatible smartphones wirelessly, but can also connect compatible phones with the vehicle’s antenna to help optimize signal.

2019 Audi TT RS Coupe

Available Audi smartphone interface provides Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration. The Bang & Olufsen sound system provides a perfect excuse to crank up the tunes while one the road.

2019 TT RS will join the Audi Sport model line this spring.

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