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The New Audi TT

Audi TT and Audi TTS celebrate world premiere at Geneva Motor Show




Ingolstadt/Geneva, March 3, 2014 – A completely revised edition of a modern classic is ready to take center stage: The Audi TT and Audi TTS will celebrate their world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show.

When the first-generation Audi TT came on the market in 1998 it was a design revolution – its strictly geometrical, formally coherent design language made it an icon with huge charisma. For the third TT generation, the Audi designers have returned to many of these ideas and placed them in a new context that is as dynamic as it is diverse.


Exterior

The front of the new TT is dominated by horizontal lines. The Singleframe grille is much broader and flatter than that of the previous model, with a powerful line dividing it into two zones. Starting in the top corners of the grille, sharp contours run in a V across the hood, which bears the four Audi rings – as on the Audi R8 high-performance sports car. The air intakes feature struts that direct part of the flow away from the front to the flanks.

The flat headlights give the new TT’s face a determined look. Xenon plus units are standard, and Audi can optionally provide LED headlights or ones in pioneering Audi Matrix LED technology, where the high beam is generated by controllable individual LEDs. On both versions, there is an unmistakable contour created by the separating strip in the headlights, which is illuminated by light guides.





From the side, the new Audi TT is equally lean and muscular; it rests low on the road as if ready to pounce. At 4.18 meters (13.71 ft), the Coupé is almost exactly the same length as its predecessor, though its wheelbase has grown by 37 mm (1.46 in) to 2,505 mm (8.22 ft), making for especially short overhangs.




Specifically at the tail, horizontal lines underline the impression of the new TT’s sporty width. Together with the LED and Audi Matrix LED headlights, the tail lights also have dynamic turn signals. Another parallel to the front headlights: the strip in the tail lights, which also form a daytime running light contour – another Audi innovation. The third brake light is an extremely narrow strip positioned under the edge of the rear spoiler. It plays an essential part in defining the tail light silhouette.

At a speed of 74.56mph a spoiler extends from the trunk lid to improve both air resistance and downforce. All models have two large round exhaust tailpipes. These are again reminiscent of the original TT. Like all Audi S models, the TTS exhales through four oval tailpipes.



Lightweight construction is one of Audi’s greatest areas of expertise. The second-generation Audi TT already featured an Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made from aluminium and steel. For the new TT, Audi has systematically taken this composite construction principle even further, in line with the idea: the right amount of the right material in the right place for optimal functions.

All in all, the Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in significantly reducing the unladen weight of the Audi TT. At the first model change in 2006, up to 90 kg (198.42 lb) were saved, and the 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT weighs just 1,230 kg (2,711.69 lb). This makes it around 50 kg (110.23 lb) lighter than its predecessor.


Interior



Seen from above, the instrument panel resembles the wing of an aircraft; the round air vents – a classic TT feature – are reminiscent of jet engines with their turbine-like design. The vents also contain all the controls for the standard air conditioning system and the optional automatic air conditioning system (standard in the TTS). The controls for seat heating, temperature, direction, air distribution and air flow strength are located at their center; the setting selected is shown on small displays in the automatic air conditioning system. The horizontal control panel is located under the central air vents. The 3D-designed toggle switches activate the hazard warning lights, Audi drive select and the assistance functions.

The standard sports seats in the new Audi TT have integrated head restraints and are positioned lower than in the predecessor model. Compared with the seats in the predecessor model, they are more than five kilograms (11.02 lb) lighter. As an option – and as standard in the TTS – there are newly developed S sport seats with highly contoured and pneumatically adjustable side sections that are exceptionally comfortable and provide excellent support.





Performance

The 2.0 TFSI is available in two versions – a 230 hp version for the TT and a 310 hp version for the TTS. In both versions it unites various ultramodern technologies – the additional indirect injection supplementing the direct injection of the FSI, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) to adjust the valve stroke on the exhaust side and thermal management, which uses a rotary valve module and an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head.

The Audi TTS is a peak performer. It covers the standard sprint in 4.7 seconds; its top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The 2.0 TFSI produces 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque at an engine speed of between 1,800 and 5,700 rpm. Controllable flaps in the exhaust system modulate the sporty sound and make it even richer. A manual transmission is standard. The S tronic option includes launch control, which regulates maximum acceleration from a standstill.


quattro

In the new Audi TT, quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers additional stability, traction and driving fun. It has been consistently advanced and optimized especially for the new TT. Its electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch is mounted on the rear axle. The special pump design reduces weight by around 1.5 kg (3.31 lb) compared with the previous model. The distribution of drive torque between the axles is controlled electronically within fractions of a second.
Norrs2

Crikey! The back half of the car looks almost identical to the Mk 1 TT!

Interior a work of art though. And only 1230kg!
Noggymike

I seriously do not like the new leather design on the seats, which seems to be more common on the Audi range.

It looks like some old manky coat somebody has left behind at a riding stables after a boxing day "Hunt"

       
Graham

I like the fact it is unmistakeably a TT.

Here's the TTS to wet your appetite a little more. I do like this in red.









mikey-s

That's a great looking car,  I really like it.  Loving the ass - end on the red one.   There doesn't seem to be much room between the arches & wheels,  but oddly the stance still looks a tad high?  















Still a hairdressers car.













Said with a true Noggymike stylee pause...
graemep

Rest of the car looks OK, unmistakeably a TT but the corporate front-end just doesn't sit right for me - too angular, although a black grill would probably tone that down..
CliveH

First impressions are good for me. Too early for the TTRS but that should be interesting.

I know several TTS and TTRS owners but funnily enough none of them are hairdressers
Graham

mikey-s wrote:
That's a great looking car,  I really like it.  Loving the ass - end on the red one.   There doesn't seem to be much room between the arches & wheels,  but oddly the stance still looks a tad high?


The blurb mentions it is the same height as the outgoing model.


CliveH wrote:
First impressions are good for me. Too early for the TTRS but that should be interesting.

I know several TTS and TTRS owners but funnily enough none of them are hairdressers


Detail of a TTRS would be interesting, especially the engine. The TT quattro sport concept has a 2.0 TFSI with 420hp. If the concept makes it to production, is there room the the TTS, a quattro sport and a TTRS?
Noggymike

CliveH wrote:
First impressions are good for me. Too early for the TTRS but that should be interesting.

I know several TTS and TTRS owners but funnily enough none of them are hairdressers


Dog groomers?


























That sounds bad on a number of levels
Noggymike

Graham wrote:
mikey-s wrote:
That's a great looking car,  I really like it.  Loving the ass - end on the red one.   There doesn't seem to be much room between the arches & wheels,  but oddly the stance still looks a tad high?


The blurb mentions it is the same height as the outgoing model.


CliveH wrote:
First impressions are good for me. Too early for the TTRS but that should be interesting.

I know several TTS and TTRS owners but funnily enough none of them are hairdressers


Detail of a TTRS would be interesting, especially the engine. The TT quattro sport concept has a 2.0 TFSI with 420hp. If the concept makes it to production, is there room the the TTS, a quattro sport and a TTRS?


I can't see Audi not adding the RS badge to a TT.

I guess it will utilise the new generic "RS platform"


I would prefer colour coded rear diffuser on the "S" with just the chrome/alloy lip around it.

Audi badge on the bonnet
pjbRs

I like it, I'm just not sure I'd buy one.
Alps

This car is a massive step back!
Graham

Alps wrote:
This car is a massive step back!


In what way do you think Alps?
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