2015 AUDI TT REVEALED
Audi has at last pulled the wraps off its new TT Coupe this week, after months of spy photos and (very telling) teasers.
Revealed in regular TT and performance-focused TTS form, the new coupe will replace the second-generation model that first hit showrooms in 2006.
Surprising no-one, the new TT evolves the look of its predecessor, while borrowing cues from the recent Sport Quattro concept.
The face of the 2015 TT showcases the sharpest iteration yet of Audi’s hexagonal grille design - a look we can expect to make its way across the range in the coming years.
The profile of the new coupe sees the tall and dead-straight belt line of the previous two models continue into the third generation, along with the hooped and flared wheel arches.
The long roofline of the TT now ends in a more defined rear deck, above a simple bumper design that eschews any complex venting or profiling.
Sharp new lighting systems feature at both ends, with thin grid-like LEDs replacing the bold ribbon and jewel systems of previous Audi generations.
Xenon lights are standard, and Audi will offer full LED lighting as an option.
In TTS form, there’s a bolder look at both ends, with larger intakes up front and a quad exhaust setup out back, along with a small diffuser in the rear bumper.
Larger wheels also feature with the TTS, the whole package sitting lower than the regular TT models.
Inside, there’s a more cockpit-inspired design, with a driver-focused layout and turbine-styled vents across the dash.
The new TT will also get a fully digital instrument cluster, featuring classic drive-focused details and an infotainment panel with navigation and media features.
Audi says the new TT is up to 90kg lighter than its predecessor, despite having largely identical overall dimensons.
The new model utilises the Audi 'space frame aluminium and steel' system of the previous model, while adding more ultra-high-strength steel. The roof frame and side sills are also aluminium.
The wheelbase is now 37mm longer than the 2468mm stretch of the previous model, but with shorter overhangs at both ends.
Initial engine options for the regular TT range will include a 135kW/380Nm 2.0 TDI diesel and a 169kW/370Nm 2.0 litre turbo petrol unit.
Audi says the front-wheel-drive diesel will haul you to 100km/h in a relatively quick 7.2 seconds, and boasts fuel consumption figures of just 4.2 l/100km.
Opt for the Golf GTi-powering 2.0 petrol and Audi says you’ll hit 100km/h in six seconds with the six-speed manual and front-wheel-drive setup, or just 5.3 seconds with the seven-speed auto and quattro all-wheel-drive.
Topping the trio is the TTS, driven by a 228kW/380Nm 2.0 litre petrol turbo, with max torque available between 1800 and 5700rpm.
The turbo engine is matched again to Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system, with six-speed manual or dual-clutch auto options.
Audi promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds for the TTS. It hasn’t specified which model boasts that time, although it is likely the s-tronic dual-clutch auto model.
Quattro models also benefit from a new ‘intelligence of quattro drive’ setup, which sees torque distribution measured out by a new software system.
A new ‘Dynamic’ mode is featured, allowing the driver to direct more power to the rear axle “earlier, and to a higher degree” than in automatic or efficiency modes.
To keep things green, efficiency mode sees the rear axle cut off from power when not needed, driving only the front wheels. Audi says the rear axle will get power when the system detects the need.
There are also new aluminium components in the suspension system for reduced unsprung mass, and the TTS again benefits from magnetic-ride adjustable damping as standard.
Steering is by a progressive variable-ratio electric system.
Watch for the 2015 TT to hit Australia in the first quarter of 2015.