Since 1998 Audi’s enigmatic sports coupe, the TT, has been one of the German firm's more unique offerings. With the unveiling of its third generation models at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, Audi has chosen to blend elements of the original TT with those of more current designs.
The new TT is set to go on sale in the US next year and will be available in TT and TTS trim levels. At first glance, the TT looks remarkably similar to the second generation version. Audi, however, is quick to point out the car’s new grille and hind-quarter details.
Sharing design elements with the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, the new TT features a geometrical "Singleframe" grille that, according to Audi, is broader and flatter than the previous model. Exaggerated nose intakes are also more defined on the newer model.
Flattened squinty headlights, similar to the laser shooting Quattro concept, flare out over similarly-treated haunches, making their way across a familiar waistline and profile, creating an even greater sense of design déjà vu.
The TT’s tail end, which appears wider and more substantial, features an active spoiler that deploys at 75 mph (120 km/h) to assist with downforce. Proportionally, the car is the same length and height as the second generation model, but with a slightly extended wheelbase.
Audi also reports that the new TT is some 110 lb (50 kg) lighter than the previous model, tipping the scales at 2,711 lb (1,230 kg). The company uses Volkswagen’s MQB multi-purpose steel and aluminum platform as the founding basis for the new TT.
Powering the new TT will be a trio of four cylinder engines, two turbocharged gas engines and one diesel. The petrol versions will deliver 230 hp (171.5 kW) in the 2.0 TFSI model and 310 hp (231 kW) in the TTS model. Audi reports the 2.0 liter TT will make 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The TTS, on the other hand, with its higher output and torque figures of 280 lb.ft (380 Nm) does away with the 100 km/h sprint in only 4.7 seconds.
A turbo-diesel version capable of delivering 184 hp (134 kW) and 280 lb.ft torque will be available in 2015 as a front wheel drive version with a manual gearbox. According to Audi, the diesel variation will make 0 - 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 235 km/h (146.02 mph).
Front wheel drive is standard for the TT, but Audi’s all-wheel-drive Quattro system will be available as standard on the TTS car. The new TT models also receive the next generation adaptive magnetic suspension system. The system will be optional for the TT and standard on the high performance TTS. To manage power to the wheels, a manual gearbox is standard, but the option to go with Audi’s hyper-quick 6-speed S-tronic transmission is available if desired.
Inside the tight passenger quarters, features like Audi’s MMI Navigation system with large flash memory, two card readers, DVD drive, Bluetooth interface and voice control system are standard. A Bang & Olufsen sound system with 14 channel amplifier and 12 loudspeakers is included, as is Audi’s Phone Box that links smartphones to an in-car planar antenna.
Optional for the TT, but standard in the TTS, are new S sport seats featuring contoured, pneumatically-adjustable side supports to keep you in the seat during more spirited driving.
The new Audi TT and TTS will go on sale as 2016 models in the first quarter of 2015.