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Press Release) A cult car, an icon –
the Audi TT, launched in the autumn of 1998 – took the sports coupé
segment by storm and sharpened the brand profile. Now the second
generation of this successful model is making its debut. The new TT
Coupé is even more dynamic than its predecessor– in terms of its
design, its drivetrain, and its running gear.
The very architecture of the new Audi TT Coupé embodies the style,
stability and power of a pure driving machine. The bullish stance of
the base body and the low, narrow styling of the greenhouse together
form a sculpture of simple, unfussy lines. The Audi design team has
lovingly adopted and enhanced the visual code – the motif of circles
and domes – of the predecessor model. The new TT appears more
stretched, and even at a standstill seems to be striving to move
forward; taut panels emphasise the impression of dynamic movement.
The new TT is 137 mm longer than its predecessor at 4,178 mm, and 78
mm wider at 1,842 mm.
The body is constructed in the ASF Space Frame design developed by
Audi and consists of aluminium and steel. This is the first time
that it has combined different materials alongside each other. 69
percent of the superstructure is made of aluminium. The steel
components making up the remaining 31 percent are to be found at the
rear end, so as to ensure balanced distribution of the axle loads.
To improve downforce, a spoiler is extended from the tailgate when
the vehicle reaches a speed of 120 km/h.
The new Audi TT, like its predecessor, is initially available as a 2
+ 2-seater coupé; the separate roadster model is scheduled for later
launch. The basic luggage capacity of the easily accessible boot,
under its large-format lid, is 290 litres. This capacity can be
increased to 700 litres by folding down the rear seat backs. The
sports seats provide outstanding side restraint. There is a choice
of three different leathers for the covers.
The cockpit is oriented strictly to the driver and is perfectly
ergonomic in design. It embodies the classic circles motif of the TT
in a number of ways, such as in the three centre air vents.
Two powerful petrol engines are available to power the car. The 2.0l
turbocharged four-cylinder TFSI unit featuring FSI direct injection
develops 147 kW (200 bhp). With a six-speed manual gearbox, it
accelerates the TT to 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds, reaching a top
speed of 240 km/h. The sonorous-sounding, naturally aspirated
3.2-litre V6 engine develops 184 kW (250 bhp), accelerating from
zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 250 km/h
Both engines are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. On
request they can be combined with the dynamic S tronic dual-clutch
gearbox. Whereas the four-cylinder engine comes with front-wheel
drive, the V6 distributes its power across both axles by way of the
quattro permanent four-wheel drive system – an exclusive technology
feature in the sports coupé segment.
The Audi dynamic suspension was newly developed and tuned for the TT
Coupé. One of its hallmarks is its self-steering behaviour right up
to the handling limits, which ranges from neutral to light
understeer. This sporty orientation produces driving fun, agility
and supreme handling characteristics.
The track enlargement, with larger wheels ranging from 16 to 19
inches in size, and extensive changes in the area of
elastokinematics were key areas of the developers’ work. The new
multi-link rear suspension ensures optimum driving dynamics at a
sports car level.
The high-tech Audi magnetic ride damper system is available as an
option. In this system, tiny magnetic particles circulate in the oil
inside the shock absorbers. When a voltage is applied to them, they
alter the damping characteristics within milliseconds. This adaptive
system simultaneously ensures high levels of ride comfort and
thoroughly sporty dynamism, according to the specific driving
scenario and the preferences of the driver.
The standard features of the new Audi TT include an automatic air
conditioning system and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel. The
latter is not only entirely suitable for the sports car but also
makes it easier to get in and out. The air vents, steering wheel
spokes and many of the controls are finished in an aluminium look.
With regard to options, customers can choose from a variety of
high-tech solutions, including the adaptive light dynamic cornering
light system and the Audi parking system which aids parking.
The new TT marks the premiere of a new generation of audio systems.
It is characterised by state-of-the-art reception and playback
technology and intuitive user control. Six so-called softkeys
control a variety of functions depending on which menu is selected.
The chorus radio system with single CD drive comes as standard. A
Bluetooth interface is available for mobile phones. The telephone
function can be operated via the MMI, the multifunction steering
wheel and by speech control. The operator control for the optional
navigation system takes its cues from the exemplary MMI system
familiar from the Audi A6, A8 and Q7 model series.