Sports cars like this are becoming tough to sell.
While the 2019 New York Auto Show was dominated by SUVs and crossovers, there were still a few sports car debuts for enthusiasts to enjoy. One of the standouts is the new Audi TT RS, which has made its North American debut at the Big Apple. For the 2019 model year, the beloved sports car has received a refresh.
Visual changes include a newly designed Singleframe grille finished in matte black, new front air intakes, a new lower front lip, full LED headlights and taillights as standard, and a redesigned rear wing for the range-topping RS Model. The changes aren’t just cosmetic either, as additional radiators provide extra cooling. New colors have also been added to the options list, including Turbo Blue, Tango Red metallic, and Kyalami Green – the latter can be seen in our live shots of the show car on display in New York.
The changes continue inside, as the interior has been upgraded with a new 12.3-inch infotainment display with optional MMI navigation system and Bang & Olufsen audio.
No changes have been made under the hood, but we can’t really complain since the TT RS is already one of the fastest cars in its class. Its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine produces 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, enabling the German sports car to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, or 170 mph with the limiter removed. All that power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 2019 Audi TT starts at $66,900 plus a $995 destination charge, with deliveries starting this spring. It’s worth enjoying this superb sports car while we still can, because the Audi TT may be discontinued after the current generation since sports cars aren't hot sellers like they used to be. All hope may not be lost, however, because it could live on as an electric sports car.