- Facelifted Audi TT spotted testing
- Interior will get new infotainment tech
- Styling changes are minor
- On sale in late 2018
The facelifted Audi TT has been spotted testing yet again, this time around the famous Nurburgring race circuit. There are few changes to the styling, but the interior and engine range have been more thoroughly updated. It’ll go on sale in late 2018.
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2019 Audi TT RS facelift
Our spy photographers have also spotted the facelifted Audi TT RS testing at the Nurburgring. Visual differences will be as minor as the regular car, but you’ll be able to spot the fast RS model with aggressive bumpers and a fixed rear spoiler. The bumpers will be partly inspired by the recently revealed A7 Sportback.
However, it’s under the bonnet that most of the notable changes will take place. There’ll be an increase in power to take the TT RS over the 400hp mark – expect around 420hp and bragging rights over the new BMW M2 Competition. It could also get four-wheel steering for the first time, to make it even more agile through the corners. Despite the extra power, the TT RS will be able to manage 35mpg if you’re very light on the accelerator. It’ll be on sale a few months after the standard TT, so you’ll see it in showrooms from around mid-2019.
2018 Audi TT styling
Audi could have taken the facelifted TT around the Nurburgring without any camouflage at all, and no-one would have noticed – probably. The new car’s styling updates are best described as subtle – besides a few tiny tweaks to the bumpers and some new LED lights it looks identical to the outgoing model.
It’s not just this coupe model that’s escaped serious modification – the upcoming Roadster drop-top model will look very similar to the old car, too.
2018 Audi TT interior
To keep the TT’s cabin looking and feeling fresh, a new version of Audi’s brilliant ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital driver’s display will be introduced. The dashboard may also get some revised buttons and switches, plusher materials and some additional optional extras, too.
2018 Audi TT engines and driving
The entry-level TT’s 1.8-litre petrol engine will be replaced with a 2.0-litre unit, upping the basic car’s power output to approximately 200hp. Diesel fans will be offered the same 184hp 2.0-litre engine, shared with the VW Golf GTD, although it may be tweaked to achieve better fuel economy than in the old car.
The range-topping TT RS will receive a slight power boost, too, up to around 420hp. There’s also talk of a hybrid TT in the pipeline which should deploy VW’s zingy 1.5-litre petrol and an electric motor to cut emissions and increase fuel economy.
There’ll be extra technology available, both as standard and on the options list, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking. Currently, the TT only gets four stars from Euro NCAP, so expect more safety-orientated improvements for the new model.
2018 Audi TT price and release date
Although the lack of styling changes imply the new TT is nearly ready to go on sale, it’ll probably be autumn before it hits showrooms. The price may increase slightly over the old model, however, which cost from £28,850.