But It's Not All Bad

The Future of the Audi TT Is in Doubt

February 6, 2019 Cars By Photo by Audi

Trying to improve on the current Audi TT RS is a delicate situation. The coupe is already such a phenomenal car – Audi runs the risk of over-cooking it with more power, a stiffer chassis or more aggressive suspension. So it’s probably for the best the TT RS only receives cosmetic updates for 2019, but with the new facelift comes reports Audi’s pint-sized supercar is in danger of extinction.

Going into 2019 the TT RS keeps the 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder cranking out 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, all of which is available from barely-off-idle at 1,700 rpm. The sprint from a standstill to 60 mph is over within 3.6 seconds, which, for the record, threatens the first-generation R8.

According to an Audi insider , the TT as we know it will morph into something else entirely. The TT’s replacement will share a platform with the A3 to stay relevant, practical and cost-effective and also to give the Mercedes CLA and BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe competition.

A two-door version might still be an option, but with cost-effectiveness and market trends on Audi’s mind, don’t be surprised if a four-door version of the two-door car comes to life. Audi internally floated the idea of spinning off the TT into its own sub-brand, but it was ultimately squashed in favor of building out the A3 line. So it looks like a mini RS7 will replace the tiny R8 we’ve come to know and love.

It’ll be a bittersweet moment should the TT line disappear after more than 20 years in the Audi lineup. We’ll lose a modern icon and gain a more practical version in the process.

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