Subtle design updates, more torque and a new seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox are the main highlights of the new TT S
The 2019 Audi TT S is out! So what’s new? Well, it’s got a bit more style, thanks to a number of subtle design enhancements and a new dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard. The changes apply to both coupe and convertible models.
Design wise, the TT S gets a re-sculpted bumper, featuring horizontal blades and brushed aluminium-finish for the air intakes and splitter. Around the back, the changes are similar to the updated version as it gets vertical air inlets and a wider diffuser with more prominent exhaust tips. And to spice things up, Audi is also offering ‘Competition’ trim with the new model. This adds LED head-lamps, a fixed rear wing, red brake callipers and 20-inch gloss black wheels to the car. The Competition trim also gets two options for leather upholstery and trim, while the changes in the regular version are minimal.
On the mechanical front, the main highlight of the new model is its seven-speed, S-tronic, dual-clutch automatic transmission, which replaces the old car’s six-speeder. The engine is the same 2.0-litre inline-four turbo petrol, but it now delivers 400Nm of torque, which is 20Nm more than its predecessor. Peak power output, however, has gone down by around 4bhp and now stands at 301bhp. Having said that, the extra torque along with the new gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive has made the TT S a tenth faster in clocking 0 – 100km/h – the coupe does it in 4.5 seconds and convertible in 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.
Currently, Audi doesn’t have the TT available in India, but with the TT S hitting the headlines in global markets, we might see the German luxury car maker bring it back on our shores soon.