After first being presented as a concept car in 1995 and then becoming a production model in 1998, the Audi TT has remained a design icon over the past 20 years. The third generation has now received a comprehensive update which refines the exterior design while there are higher-powered engine options and an extended scope of standard equipment.
For the 20th anniversary of the model line, Audi is especially highlighting the sportscar character of the new model. It gains a more masculine look with the front featuring a 3-dimensional Singleframe radiator grille. Large side air inlets add emphasis to the emphasize width visually. Headlights with LED or Matrix LED technology are optionally available with the dynamic turn signals being a visual highlight.
At the rear, horizontal lines again underscore the width of the new TT. There is no cap underneath the tank flap with its classic TT design and the driver can insert the pump nozzle directly into the opening – a typical sportscar feature.
The new optional S line exterior package further underscores the sporty character. It includes a full-length front splitter, vertical air inlets, a radiator grille in titanium black and specific side sills with inserts as well as a sporty rear end. Added is a wider diffuser and vertical air inlets below the rear lights with three horizontal fins each.
Besides the driver-oriented Audi virtual cockpit, the basic version of the new model now features the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, a rain and light sensor, heated exterior mirrors and the multifunction steering wheel plus, with which the infotainment and voice control system can be controlled entirely using the steering wheel. Also standard are the illuminated USB ports as well as Bluetooth for wireless pairing of devices.
The slender instrument panel resembles an aircraft wing; the round air vents with integrated controls allude to jet engines – a classic TT detail. Sport seats with integrated head restraints are standard while the S sport seats have pneumatically adjustable side bolsters optionally available.
The driver assistance systems relieve the driver of work so that he or she can fully concentrate on the road. The line-up extends from the lane change assist Audi side assist, the lane departure warning system Audi active lane assist and traffic sign recognition to the park assist with display of the surroundings and a rearview camera.
For the new TT, customers can choose petrol engines in various performance levels, paired either with the 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. In both transmission variants, the lower gears have closer ratios for strong acceleration while the high ratio of the uppermost gear keeps the engine speed down for economical cruising.
The new TT offers handling that is both dynamic and precise. If the customer chooses the S line sport package or Audi magnetic ride, the body is lowered by 10 mm. Other chassis highlights include progressive steering, 4-link rear suspension and Electronic Stabilization Control. The wheel-selective torque control is activated in fast cornering and improves handling as required by means of precise brake interventions on the unloaded wheels on the inside of a curve.
Like every open-top Audi, the new TT Roadster comes with a soft top in either black or gray. The soft top has a taut fit and excellent sound insulation makes it an ‘acoustic top’. With a weight of 39 kgs, the top is very light and doesn’t affect luggage compartment volume when stowed. The electrical drive opens and closes the top in around 10 seconds and can operate even at vehicle speeds of up to 50 km/h.
First deliveries start during the fourth quarter of this year and prices in Europe start from around 35,000 euros (RM165,500) for the TT Coupe and around 37,500 euros (RM177,360) for the TT Roadster.