Audi has revealed up to date variations of its range-topping small coupé and cabriolet, the 2019 TT RS and TT RS Roadster.
The revised mannequin, which brings the BMW M2 rival in step with the remainder of the vary, comes as doubts floor about the way forward for the two-door. Rumours are circulating that the German automobile maker is contemplating axing all the line-up as we all know it, because of quickly declining gross sales in key world markets.
Audi will deliver facelifted variations of its normal TT and TT Roadster into UK showrooms in April, whereas the TT RS and TT RS Roadster obtain a collection of small updates conceived to tide them over till a mannequin change initially deliberate to happen in 2022.
Nevertheless, current phrase from insiders at Audi’s Ingolstadt-based headquarters in Germany suggests new chairman Bram Schot has already devised a plan to interchange the TT with a brand new liftback mannequin. It’s anticipated to type a part of the fourth-generation A3 line-up as a rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA and upcoming BMW 2 Sequence Gran Coupé.
If true, the transfer would mirror that of Mercedes-Benz, which has determined to not exchange the SLC as soon as the present mannequin goes out of manufacturing.
Launched in 1998, the TT has been a mainstay of the Audi line-up for greater than 20 years. However with purchaser preferences having swung firmly within the course of its SUV fashions and Audi directing €14 billion (£12.3 billion) into electrical automobile growth over the following 5 years, critical doubts dangle over its future. An earlier plan to show the TT right into a sub-brand supporting as much as 4 fashions, together with a sedan and SUV, was in the end quashed by Audi board members.
Modifications to the facelifted TT RS and TT RS Roadster are delicate. They embody a calmly reworked entrance bumper and a modified wing factor on the rear. Inside, there are new color accents and an upgraded communication system.