The ‘All-New’ Audi TT has appeared at the Geneva Motorshow and looks very similar to the model it replaces.
Credit where credit is due though, there are more angular lines and creases throughout the bodywork. Starting from the front end, there is a broader and flatter grille than on the previous model. Most noticeably though, are the two lines across the bonnet forming a V shape from the innermost corners of the headlamps running up to and meeting the A-pillars and windscreen.
Audi have used the more aggressive lines and contours as a way of making the TT a more muscular design. Starting with wheel sizes, ranging from 17″ standard up to optional 20″ alloys. The crease from the wheel-arch, meeting that of the bonnet, runs right across to the tail-light creating the image of a strong body shoulder.
The horizontal lines at the rear of the car define the new TT according to Audi. As with the headlights, the tail-lights feature a daytime running light strip. The high-level brake light takes the form of an incredibly narrow strip found just under the rear spoiler. Audi say it plays an essential part in defining the tail-light silhouette.
Standard models feature two large round exhaust tailpipes, inspiration taken from the first generation 225 bhp TT. The new TTS has four oval tailpipes which with the new body styling add to create the effect of a more muscular definition. The S-Line (pictured) as before, will have its own exclusive bumpers, air intakes, grille, sills and rear diffuser. A no cost option of a 10 mm lower suspension set-up is also available for the TTS.
Taking inspiration from the new Audi A3, the cabin design employs the philosophy of ‘less is more’. The uncluttered and pure interior does not deviate the focus of the car which is to encapsulate the driver in a environment from which to enjoy the driving experience. The instrument cluster and MMI (Multi-Media Interface) screen in a digital format behind the steering wheel – called the Audi virtual cockpit. Air conditioning controls are placed within in the air vents which again reduces clutter in the centre console. The standard sports seats feature an integrated head restraint and sit lower than the seats in the outgoing model. Optional or as standard in the TTS are seats which are highly contoured, providing extreme comfort and support.
There are 11 exterior colours of the new TT, one of which is solely reserved for the S-Line model. Seven colours are new to the TT and two to Audi: Nano Grey and Tango Red. Two paint options available for the TTS are crystal-effect Panther Black and Sepang Blue. The interior can be chosen in new colours too and a two-tone with contrasting stitching can be specified for S-Line models.
The controls in the new TT have been made as easily accessible to the driver as possible in order to reduce distraction from driving. In the TTS, almost all features can be operated via the new multi-function steering wheel. The Audi virtual cockpit digitises the rev counter and speedometer. There are two screens to choose from with this conventional layout being the first, and the second makes these smaller whilst making room for the navigation system. The TTS can centralise the rev counter.
There will be three engines available from launch with first deliveries in late 2014. These are all four cylinder direct injection, turbocharged motors. Power outputs range from 182 bhp to 306 bhp. The TDI engine is still an option and including the two petrol powered engines, they combine power and efficiency – all featuring start-stop as standard.
The 2 litre TDI engine combines a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. It achieves a 0-62 mph time of 7.2 seconds and is good for a claimed combined cycle of 67.2 mpg. The two petrol engines come in 227 bhp and 306 bhp, the latter boasted by the TTS. The 2 litre TFSI gives a 0-62 time of 6 seconds flat and has a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. However, when the TFSI motor is equipped with Quattro drive and the six-speed S-tronic dual clutch transmission it does 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds with a peak fuel economy of 41.5 mpg.
The S-tronic gearbox shifts through the gears without breaking traction and can be operated via steering wheel paddles when in manual mode. When the drive mode is set to ‘Efficiency’ the transmission decouples and allows the engine to free-wheel when the driver takes their foot off the throttle.
The TTS being the flagship model does the 0-62 mph run in 4.7 seconds with peak torque of 280 lbs ft between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. The sports exhaust system features valves which open up to enrich the sound. A manual transmission is standard but the optional S-tronic ‘box incorporates launch control which allows maximum acceleration performance from a standstill.
The new Audi TT, although more contoured and angular retains the same silhouette that the outgoing generation projected. The car has been designed to become more focused on its purpose as a car to be enjoyed from the inside-out.