Audi engineers have been busy lately. There are always new models to make, new prototypes to work on, and future ideas to create. Recently, Audi has been spotted testing one particular prototype on their Ehra-Lessien track in Germany: the TT sports car. (Photo above is the 2018 model)
The 2016 model is the third generation for the TT sports car and is the most current available for consumers to purchase. Fans of the TT are excited about this upcoming facelift, and from what we saw with spy shots from the track test, it looks like they’re working more on an engine facelift than an exterior one. The camouflage that can be seen on the car suggests minor facelift details only. This might include new front and rear fascias, and the internal parts of the headlights might feature new designs as well. There’s also a possibility that the new car will feature new wheel patterns. This new TT model Audi’s working on is to be the 2020 model and is expected to come into showrooms by mid 2019.
While we aren’t sure what major changes will be made in the cabin interior, we at least saw that there will be new driving aids and an updated infotainment system.
What matters most with this upgrade is probably going to be all under the hood. It’s too early to tell at this point, but we can get a good picture of where Audi is headed with the 2020 TT. The goal is always to provide greater performance and economy; it should be the same for this car, but we expect most of the powertrain options to remain the same. The current specs for the 2016 TT includes 1 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that delivers 220 hp. The TTS option has the same engine except it can drive an output of 292 hp. The TT RS, on the other hand, has a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5; it runs at a 400 hp capacity.
The TT is a great option for those looking to buy a sports car that is midrange when it comes to price and comfort. Once you start looking into the TT RS options, you’ll be looking into a little more power that will cost a little more as well. The TT has become a great sub-brand for Audi, mainly due to its layout icon. The starting rate for the model is about $49k, a modest price in Audi’s standards. The new TT might also function based upon the company’s brand-new A3 watering hole’s MQB system, instead of the stretched variation of the costly steel and aluminum crossbreed style that’s typical in Audi coupes. The goal for Audi might be to compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLA with the 2020 TT, and the closest way they can get there is by using the A3 system. Audi is already a frontrunner amongst the young wealthy buyers who are looking for new automobiles. The marketplace for entry level luxury cars is expected to raise by about 400% in the next coming years, and Audi is taking advantage of that demand by giving luxury buyers a chance to double take on the Audi 2020 TT, a car that many might not consider off the bat.
If Audi wants to compete against some of its rivals with the 2020 TT, they might have to forego using the same MQB modular architecture previously used. It is an unlikely thing to happen, so this might be a drawback for the 2020 TT already. Some of Audi’s direct rivals use mid-engine or rear-wheel drive platforms, both of which are known to provide superior handling compared to the TT.
There’s a chance that the 2020 Audi TT will be released later on this year; if not, we’ll at least get some more details and specs. Otherwise, we’re looking at an early 2019 release in the European market, which means we’ll probably get it in the US by summer next year. We don’t expect big changes in pricing either. The base will roughly be around $52k with higher end versions going up to $60k and beyond. We’ll hopefully get somewhere closer to 250 hp and 250 lb.-ft of torque. This means that any TTS versions might get up to 300 hp, and the TT RS might go well beyond the 400 hp it pulls off now. This is certainly something to look forward to regardless of what else Audi pulls off facelift-wise.