Competes with: Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK
Seems to be like: Identical iconic TT, with much more angularity
Powertrains: 230 hp or 310 hp, turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder, 6-speed guide or dual-clutch automated, front- or all-wheel-drive
Hits dealerships: TBD
Audi created waves when the very first-generation TT sports auto arrived in the late 1990s. It looked like practically nothing else, eschewing the classic designs of sports activities automobiles for anything that appeared like a cross between a health club shoe and squashed Volkswagen Beetle, and it became a fashion icon. At the 2014 Geneva Worldwide Motor Demonstrate, Audi has unveiled its third-generation TT and TTS, bringing more refinement and technological innovation to its entry-level sports automobile, but there is no date set for when it will go on sale in the U.S.
You’;d be forgiven for considering not significantly has altered on the outdoors, for at initial glance, it doesn’;t seem like significantly has. The styling updates are subtle: a new front finish with a hexagonal grille, angular headlights with new LED pattern, and a comparable remedy out back with rear daytime operating lights and a third brake light that runs the width of the rear trunk lid.
The TT’;s side profile view is nevertheless intact, but this is the car’;s largest iteration to date. Its length is virtually the very same as its predecessor, but the 2015 TT is 1.4 inches longer in the wheelbase, meaning the front and rear overhangs are shorter. It’;s also the lightest TT to date, approximately 110 lbs lighter than the prior generation, which was nearly 200 pounds lighter than the first car.
The headlights attribute an Audi technological innovation first: adaptive Matrix LED lighting that ties in with the car’;s navigation system to automatically light up approaching curves in the road ahead of the driver even steers into them. Out back, an integrated spoiler immediately deploys at 75 mph to support in higher-speed stability. You can differentiate amongst TT and TTS versions by their tailpipes — TT coupes get 2, even though the much more powerful TTS model gets 4 exhaust ideas.
Audi has kept a lot of the distinctive type of the prior-generation TT models intact in the cabin. It truly is a minimalist technique that has taken a rather unusual twist: There’;s no touch-display show in the dashboard.
Climate control is completed via the round vents themselves, with controls in the central dial of each one, but radio, navigation and other systems are displayed only on a enormous LCD screen that sits in front of the driver and replaces standard gauges. It truly is a novel approach, but one that may prove frustrating for the passenger who has no entry to these ancillary methods. Frequently the front passenger in any given car is performing audio or navigation duty although the driver is driving that is simply not an selection in the new TT. It will be intriguing to see how this impacts buyer satisfaction scores and spousal relationships.
Below the Hood
3 powertrains will at first be available for the TT, 2 of which are very likely to come to the U.S. A 184-horsepower, turbocharged 2.-liter diesel will be supplied, but likely only for European and global markets. The U.S. is rather slated to get a turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder fuel engine making 230 hp for the TT and 310 hp in the TTS. This shoots the base front-wheel-drive coupe with a common 6-pace guide transmission from zero-to-60-mph in 6. seconds, dropping to 5.3 seconds when equipped with all-wheel drive and the 6-pace dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission. Individuals numbers improve even far more in the TTS, dropping to 4.7 seconds to get to 60 mph in the substantial-powered version, which also comes standard with the manual transmission and a launch handle function on the automatic transmission.
The most recent edition of Audi’;s magnetic suspension also will be offered, permitting the driver to pick from a range of modes to suit road conditions. Audi drive decide on also gives driver adjustability for a number of systems from steering feel to exhaust noise it is optional on the TT and standard on the TTS.
As with most modern day Audis, the TT will come with an array of electronic safety products. Optional tools contains lane keep help, radar-based mostly blind spot warning, automatic parking aid and a lot more.
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