The new third generation of the Audi TT has had some details revealed before it’s official release date scheduled in autumn this year.
What powers the new Audi TT?
A new front wheel drive 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine will be used in the new Audi TT and when fitted to the manual gearbox, it’ll do 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds. This makes it 0.3 seconds faster than the current Audi TT diesel with quattro four wheel drive. The new model should be cheaper to run too, coasting CO2 emissions of 110g/km and 67.2mpg fuel efficiency.
In addition to the new diesel engine, the new TT will use a number of petrol and diesel options from the Volkswagen (VW) Golf. They include a sporty 181 brake horse power 2.0 litre TDI diesel unit from the VW Golf GTD and the 227 brake horse power TFSI petrol from the VW Golf GTI.
The range topping Audi TTS will get the best performance figures thanks to it’s 306 brake horse power 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine, which when combined with Audi’s S Tronic gearbox is capable of 0-60mph in around 4.7 seconds before going on to a top speed of over 150mph.
What technology will the new Audi TT gain?
The new generation model is not a huge design departure from the previous TT models but it is sharper, leaner and slightly more aggressive than the mk1 and mk2 cars. This new version owes much to the Audi R8 supercar, for some of it’s bolder design features, including the large front grille that is set to be a recurring theme of new Audi cars.
The LED headlights on the new TT are thinner and more angular in keeping with the rest of the car, and offer maximum night time vision without blinding other drivers on the roads. They use an intelligent system based on a camera that dims, dips or switches the lights off completely when it detects other vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians approaching in the opposite direction.
Inside, the new TT gains a flat bottomed steering wheel and air vents that come with digital temperature readouts. It also gains a list of new in-car technology, including a 12.3 inch high-resolution dashboard screen powered by the Audi virtual cockpit system, allowing drivers to alter their dashboard information in two different modes. Owners will get to choose between a conventional speed and rev counter setup, or one that favours sat nav, radio and entertainment modules.
Audi claims the system declutters the interior and presents the information n a simple and less distracting way. The German brand plans to introduce this across the rest of it’s range and, although it will be a standard feature on the Audi TT, some of it’s additional functions like the sat nav are an optional extra.
This will be the first Audi to use the new Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) touch screen. Drivers get easy control of the radio, CD player and heating functions, and like older models, the new Audi TT uses rotary controllers and touch pads to control the car’s navigation system. The whole system can also be operated with the steering wheel mounted buttons or by using voice commands.
The new Audi TT is scheduled for release in the UK in autumn this year, with pricing expected to start at around £28,000, a premium of around £3,000 over the cost of the current car.