A modern classic, redesigned and reborn: the all-new Audi TT was unveiled last week at the Audi Global City showroom in Taguig City. The third generation of the compact sports car is again captivating, with its emotional design and dynamic qualities. The new coupé is characterized by the use of innovative technologies in its engine and in its control and display concept, including the Audi virtual cockpit.
When the first-generation Audi TT came out 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, Audi designers have returned to many of these ideas and placed them in a new context that is as dynamic as it is diverse.
The front of the new TT is dominated by horizontal lines. The single frame 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 in the base units and the full LED headlights are standard as well with the S line package. The pioneering Audi Matrix LED technology is optional, where the high beam is generated by controllable individual LEDs. There is an unmistakable contour created by the separating strip in the headlights, which is illuminated by light guides.
The Matrix LED headlights consist of 12 LEDs and include another Audi innovation: dynamic turn signals that light up sequentially in the direction in which the driver is steering. The predictive cornering light uses navigation data to move the cone of light into the curve before the steering wheel is turned.
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, the coupé is almost exactly the same length as its predecessor, though its wheelbase has grown by 37 millimeters to 2,505 mm, making for especially short overhangs. It is 1,832 mm wide and has the same height as the previous model at 1,353 mm.
A lot of the details of the new Audi TT’s profile are reminiscent of the first-generation of the modern classic. The contour of the sill creates a striking refracting edge, while the broad wheel arches form their own geometric bodies. The front wheel arch breaches the line of the hood, which continues over the door as a tornado line and runs almost horizontally through to the tail as a strong body shoulder.
The flat greenhouse gives the impression of being an independent unit and the slight kink in the rear side window gives it additional tension. The fuel flap on the right side panel is the classic circle and surrounded by socket screws; a light tap on the TT logo and the flap opens. This shape is again reminiscent of the first-generation TT. What is new is that there is no tank lid beneath the flap. This means that there is nothing to be unscrewed and the pump nozzle slots straight into the tank neck, just like in motor racing.
Specifically at the tail, horizontal lines underline the impression of the new TT’s sporty width. Together with the LED headlights, the taillights also have dynamic turn signals. Another parallel to the front headlights: the strip in the taillights, 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 120 kilometers per hour, 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.
The optional S line exterior package makes the design of the bumpers, air intakes, Singleframe grille, sills and the rear diffuser even sharper and sportier. And handling is even more dynamic with 18-inch wheels and a body that rests 10 mm lower.
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 aluminum 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.
Clearly structured volumes with a taut surface and light, almost floating lines – the interior is the embodiment of the new Audi TT’s pure sports car character. As with the exterior, horizontal lines and surfaces emphasize the width of the interior. The center tunnel console supports the calves when driving fast through bends, and the door panels have similar flowing shapes.
Controls and displays
The operating concept for the new TT has been revised from the ground up – in line with the consistent sports car character, all the elements focus on the driver. Drivers selecting the top version can activate almost all functions from the steering wheel without taking their eyes off the road.
For the launch of the TT, the 2.0-liter TFSI engine reaches 230 horsepower that 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.
In the Audi TT, the 2.0-liter TFSI delivers torque of 370 Newton-meters from 1,600 to 4,300 revolutions per minute. It accelerates the coupe, which has a six-speed manual transmission and front wheel drive, from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 5.9 seconds, and on up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 kph.
The chassis also reflects the technological expertise behind the new Audi TT. The front suspension is based on a McPherson system; aluminum components reduce the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately.
The front discs are ventilated and, depending on engine version and have a diameter of up to 338 mm. The new electromechanical parking brake that the driver actuates by pressing a button is integrated into the rear braking system.
The electronic stabilization control (ESC), which can be switched off either partly or completely, perfectly complements the car’s sporty handling.
The way that all components interact and harmonize enhances agile handling and consequently the driving pleasure that an Audi TT offers – just as you would expect of a sports car.
For more information, visit the Audi showrooms located in Greenhills, Global City and Alabang.