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2019 Audi TT RS

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

Competes with: BMW Z4 sDrive40i, Mercedes-AMG SLC43, Porsche 718 Cayman S

Looks like: The cute TT RS is trying to shed its “cute” label by adding more aerodynamic body parts

Drivetrain: 394-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder making 354 pounds-feet of torque; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: This spring

Price: $67,895 (including destination charge)

Audi’s small car with a big engine sees a mild refresh for 2019, with a few changes that alter the car’s appearance slightly, add more exterior colors and a new phone box. It will make its U.S. debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show next week.

Related: More 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage

The TT RS just made its re-entry into the U.S. market last year as a 2018 model after a five-year hiatus, so this might seem to be a bit early for a refresh. However, the vehicle that we got here wasn’t new when it came over; it had been sold in other countries already for a few years. Furthermore, the regular TT is also getting a refresh for 2019, and the changes to the TT RS will ape a few of those updates.

Exterior

The changes for 2019 are most readily seen at the front of the TT RS, where the lower bumper has been reworked to make the car look more aggressive. The TT RS already featured the angular Singleframe grille that the regular TT adds for this year, so the changes are found at the sides, where larger air inlets extend to the front whe...

Competes with: BMW Z4 sDrive40i, Mercedes-AMG SLC43, Porsche 718 Cayman S

Looks like: The cute TT RS is trying to shed its “cute” label by adding more aerodynamic body parts

Drivetrain: 394-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder making 354 pounds-feet of torque; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: This spring

Price: $67,895 (including destination charge)

Audi’s small car with a big engine sees a mild refresh for 2019, with a few changes that alter the car’s appearance slightly, add more exterior colors and a new phone box. It will make its U.S. debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show next week.

Related: More 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage

The TT RS just made its re-entry into the U.S. market last year as a 2018 model after a five-year hiatus, so this might seem to be a bit early for a refresh. However, the vehicle that we got here wasn’t new when it came over; it had been sold in other countries already for a few years. Furthermore, the regular TT is also getting a refresh for 2019, and the changes to the TT RS will ape a few of those updates.

Exterior

The changes for 2019 are most readily seen at the front of the TT RS, where the lower bumper has been reworked to make the car look more aggressive. The TT RS already featured the angular Singleframe grille that the regular TT adds for this year, so the changes are found at the sides, where larger air inlets extend to the front wheel wells. There’s also a new rear wing spoiler that looks more prominent.

Wheels are offered in 19- and 20-inch sizes, with the 20-inch wheels coming as part of the new Dynamic Package, which also adds red brake calipers and a sport exhaust system with black exhaust tips. Audi also will offer three new colors for 2019: Turbo Blue, Tango Red Metallic and Kyalami Green.

There was one detail that I was glad to see carry over from last year’s model: the “quattro” in Audi script is still found at the bottom of the grille, though it’s now finished in “matte titanium.”

Interior

Changes in the cabin are minimal; the RS Design Package has been tweaked and now includes contrast stitching, red or blue highlights to the air vents and RS floormats. The TT RS does have one of my favorite applications of the Audi multimedia system: There’s no centralized screen on the dashboard; instead, all of it runs through the Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch screen directly in front of the driver.

Audi also has added a phone box for 2019, which offers wireless charging, as well as the ability to connect your phone (if compatible) to the vehicle’s antenna to optimize the signal. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are optional.

Under the Hood

The powertrain is a carryover, but it’s an excellent one, so that’s just fine by us. The turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine pumps out 394 horsepower and 354 pounds-feet of torque to all four wheels through a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Zero-to-60 mph happens in just 3.6 seconds. The standard all-wheel-drive system has the ability to send almost 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels for sportier dynamics.

The 2019 TT RS will hit dealerships this spring, with a starting price of $67,895, including a $995 destination charge.

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Audi TT RS currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Audi TT RS has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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