The wait is over. Behold images and details of the new Audi TT and the sportier TTS.
No more looking at design sketches. Audi unveiled the brand new TT and TTS models in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show. The new TT will go on sale later in 2014, complete with a number of aesthetic and technical improvements.
The entry-level TT weighs 50kg less than its predecessor, thanks to improvements made in the aluminium and steel hybrid construction process of the second-generation Audi Space Frame body. The 2.0-litre TFSI, for example, weighs a mere 1,230kg.
Three four-cylinder turbocharged and direct injected engines can be found under the bonnet, with power ranging from 184PS (181bhp) to 310PS (305bhp). Start-stop fuel-saving technology is standard across the range.
The front-wheel drive 2.0 TDI outputs 184PS and 380Nm (280lb/ft) of torque, giving it a 0 to 62mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 146mph. It can manage a provisional 67.2mpg and 110g/km of CO2 emissions.
There are two power outputs for the 2.0 TFSI engine: 230PS (226bhp) and 310PS (305bhp). The former outputs a hefty 370Nm (272lb/ft) of torque from 1,600rpm, giving the TT a 0 to 62mph time of 6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Opt for the 6-speed s tronic instead of the 6-speed manual and quattro all-wheel drive and 0 to 62mph takes 5.3 seconds.
The latter 2.0 TFSI engine belongs in the TTS model. It outputs 380Nm (280lb/ft) of torque from 1,800rpm to 5,500rpm. All that grunt propels the TTS from standing to 62mph in a mere 4.7 seconds with the standard manual gearbox.
Standard equipment on the Audi TT includes S sports seats, hill hold assist, high-beam assist, LED interior lighting, front seat heating, MMI radio, electromechanical parking brake and various storage and luggage compartments.
The optional connectivity package adds MMI Navigation plus, which is comprised a touch sensitive control dial, DVD drive, two card readers, Bluetooth connectivity and voice control.
The instrument dials have been replaced by a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,440×540 pixels, which is used to display anything from mileage, time and outside temperature to navigation directions.
The apple has fallen very close to the tree, aesthetically-speaking. Still, if you look closely you can see sharp horizontal lines, sleek headlights, a flatter, broader grille and the four Audi rings located on the bonnet as they are on the Audi R8.
First deliveries are expected to begin in late 2014. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed ─ as always, we’ll keep you posted.