14 March 2014

New Audi TT available to order this summer

As we reported from the Geneva Motor Show, Audi had the world premier of a completely revised edition of their Audi TT and TTS. There's something emotional about the TT and it certainly drew the crowds to the stand for both the press days.

This is the third generation of the compact sports car. When the first-generation Audi TT coupé arrived in 1998, it became a design icon with huge charisma.

Now, with its flat headlights, the new TT's face has quite an aggressive look. At the tail, horizontal lines give the impression of the car's new sporty stance.

The new coupé comes with three different four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct injection - two TFSI petrols and a diesel. Power outputs range from 184bhp to 310bhp.

The 2.0 TDI will be available with manual shift and front-wheel drive. It delivers 184bhp and torque of 380 Nm. It means the new sports car can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 235km/h. Standard fuel consumption is 4.2 L/100kms; C02 emissions are 110g/km, which Audi claim is a new record low level in the sports car world.

Quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers additional stability, traction ... and driving fun. The intelligence of quattro drive - the software that determines precisely the possible torque distribution between the front and rear axles - is a completely new development especially for the TT. This version, weighing in at 1,230kg, is around 50kgs lighter than its predecessor.

Inside, the 'less is more' rule has been retained. The instrument panel is now more slender, with the instrument cluster and the MMi screen combining to form a central, digital unit, the so-called Audi virtual cockpit. Drivers can choose between two display modes.

Eleven exterior colours are offered, one exclusively for the S line. Seven of the colours are new for the TT, and two are completely new for Audi: Nano Gray and Tango Red.

The car will be available to order this Summer with expected launch in October.