New Audi TT
New generation Audi TT coupe has been revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show.
Audi has taken the covers off its new TT, revealing the sharp new look, contemporary interior and heavily updated mechanical package the German coupe will carry into showrooms when Australian sales get underway later this year.
Pictured here ahead of a public debut at this week’s Geneva motor show, the third-generation TT has been given an all-new exterior design that, while retaining a similar three-door liftback layout and same basic dimensions as its predecessor, is discernibly sleeker with a combination of more precise detailing and crisper feature lines within the body serving to provide it a new lease of life some 15 years after it first joined the Audi line-up.
The new Audi also receives a more sophisticated two-plus-two interior featuring a newly conceived digital instrument panel that does away with the need for a central mounted monitor by relaying all vital information into a binnacle in front of the driver. There is also greater accommodation both front and rear owing to the adoption of an all-new platform featuring a longer wheelbase and wider tracks.
On the mechanical front, there is a new range of four-cylinder engines, including a revised version of its predecessor’s turbocharged 2.0-litre unit producing an added 28kW in the initial top-of-the-line TTS, giving 228kW and the sort of straight line performance that, Audi claims, makes it faster than the Porsche Cayman S in the benchmark 0-100km/h discipline.
Other vital changes include a faster reacting fifth-generation Haldex four-wheel drive system and, in a move Audi’s research and development boss Ulrich Hackenberg suggest makes the TT more responsive to drive than ever before, a new aluminium intensive chassis boasting variable damping control and a variable ratio electro-mechanical steering system among other new developments.
Central among the stylistic changes brought to Ingolstadt’s new coupe is the adoption of a more aggressive looking front end featuring an angular six corner grille, new trapezoidal shaped headlamps with more prominent LED internal graphics, a more heavily contoured clamshell style bonnet and added structure to the lower section of the bumper.
In a move that brings it into line with the range topping R8, the four ring Audi emblem has also been moved from its traditional place within the grille to the leading edge of the bonnet.
Further back, the new TT retains the prominent wheelarch flares of its predecessors but gains larger wheel houses capable of accepting larger diamater wheels. A defined shoulder line, referred to by Audi as the Tornado line, runs the entire length of the flanks, from the trailing edge of the headlamps though to the tail lights. The glasshouse is similar in shape to that of the old TT, but the rear side windows have been altered in shape to further emphasis the rear pillars.
Holding true to the three door body layout of earlier models, the new TT continues to flaunt a liftback style tailgate. However, the shape of the rear end is now less rounded than ever before, with a defined lip to the end of the body, an automatic spoiler that deploys at speeds above 120km/h along with more angular tail lights.
Unusually given increasingly stringent safety regulations, the new TT is reduced in size, albeit only marginally. At 4180mm in length and 1832mm in width, Ingolstadt’s new coupe is 20mm shorter and 8mm narrower than its predecessor. However, its 1353mm height is the same as before.
Underpinning the new Audi is a unique version of parent company Volkswagen’s MQB platform. It boasts a 37mm longer wheelbase than previously at 2505mm, giving the new model added interior space and the basis for a 13 litre increase in nominal luggage space at 305 litres.
As with the outgoing second-generation model, the new TT relies on hybrid construction to shed weight. The floorpan uses a combination of hot formed high strength steel and cast aluminium to achieve what Audi describes as optimal front to rear weight distribution. Much of the body, including the bonnet, fenders, roof, doors and tailgate, is fashioned from aluminium. The result is a 50kg saving in kerb weight in the entry level front wheel drive TT, which tips the scales at a claimed 1230kg.
Audi has confirmed a choice of three four-cylinder engines and two gearboxes for the new TT. Underpinning the petrol line-up is the German car maker’s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre direct injection petrol unit boasting greater levels of power and torque than in the old model.
Running Audi’s variable valve lift system and a more advanced injection process than lesser versions of the same engine, it delivers 168kW and 370Nm of torque at 1600rpm in the initial entry level front-wheel drive TT and 228kW and 380Nm at 1800rpm in the early four-wheel drive TTS range topper – the latter of which possesses a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 4.7sec and limited 250km/h top speed.
Also planned is a turbocharged 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine with 135kW and 380Nm in the front-wheel drive TT 2.0 TDI, which is claimed to return combined consumption of 4.2L/100km/h for average CO2 emissions of 110g/km.
All three launch models come with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox – both with an automatic stop/start function. The TT and TT 2.0 TDI receive front-wheel drive as standard but can be ordered with optional quattro four-wheel drive, which as tradition dictates is standard on the TTS.