It’s hard to believe the Audi TT has been on sale since 1998, before the turn of the century. Now in its third generation, the German sports car celebrates its big 20 by getting a few design tweaks and more standard features.
The updated exterior is said to give the TT a more masculine and sporty appearance. Highlights include a revision to the Singleframe grille and side air inlets on all variants, while opting for the newly-designed S Line package adds a full-length front splitter, a titanium-black grille, vertical air inlets below the taillights, and a wider rear diffuser.
Buyers have the option of three new color options for 2019 — cosmos blue, pulse orange and turbo blue — and can select wheel designs ranging in size from 17-inches to 20-inches.
The 2019 TT is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder but with three states of tune. The base version generates 197 hp in the 40 TFSI, while in the 45 TFSI model the 2.0L engine generates 245 hp. The performance-oriented Audi TTS packs 306 hp and 285 lb-ft. of torque
The TTS Coupe reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, while the TTS Roadster takes 4.8 seconds.
Inside, the the small Audi sports car comes with a longer list of standard equipment that includes sport seats, a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, Audi’s drive select dynamic handling system, multifunction steering wheel , illuminated USB ports, and a rain and light sensor.
Sales begin in the fourth quarter of 2018 in Europe before expanding to other countries.
Audi e-tron’s 204-Miles Electric Driving Range Is Disappointing
Audi’s first all-electric vehicle arrives with sub-par driving range.
Audi has announced final specifications and launch details for the new e-tron SUV, and there are some disappointments.
While a 204 miles (328 km) driving range will prove sufficient for most commuters, it is significantly lower than the 295 mile (475 km) range you get with the Model X. According to Audi, average buyers of premium vehicles only travel around 30 miles (48 km) per day, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
The e-tron is also not as quick as the Model X. Its 402 horsepower in ‘Boost Mode’ allows drivers to accelerate to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, but the Tesla has a zero-to-60 mph benchmark of 4.7 seconds in standard form or 3.5 seconds for the Performance.
On a brighter note, it can add 54 miles (87 km) of range in just 10 minutes when connected to a DC fast charge and 163 miles (262 km) in 30 minutes.
Audi e-tron prices start at $74,800 in the United States, which is nearly $6,000 less than the cheapest Model X.
Audi’s Tesla Model 3-Fighter Is Coming In 2023
Telsa’s popular sedan will not go unanswered.
Having kicked off its electric vehicle blitz with the e-tron SUV, Audi is now gearing up to introduce an electric sedan that will rival the Tesla Model 3.
Speaking to at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi design boss Marc Lichte revealed that German automaker will release the new model sometime in 2023. It’s expected to be about the same size as the A4 and will ride on same PPE platform as the upcoming E-tron GT.
“There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the E-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car,” Lichte stated. “There will be an E-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment as well. We’re working on this right now.”
Audi’s Tesla Model-fighting electric sedan won’t arrive until Audi releases the e-tron Sportback electric SUV and the smaller Q4 e-tron SUV, which the company predicts will be one of its most popular electric vehicles, with sales on par with the Q3 crossover.
Is Audi Bringing More Wagons To The United States, Canada?
An enigmatic Twitter post suggests more Audi wagons are coming to North America.
With the A4 Allroad serving as its only wagon available in the United States and Canada, Audi could be gearing up to capitalize on the small renaissance in the wagon segment.
A tweet () by the German automaker hints at more of its wagon crossing the Atlantic, with some reports claiming that the A6 Avant at the very least will be sold alongside the rugged, more offroad-oriented A4 Allroad.
The performance-oriented RS6 Avant with its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 may also come to America, giving practical-minded driving enthusiasts a compelling option to consider.
The North American-spec A6 Avant could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle as Audi’s an answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon and Volvo V90. How will you configure yours?