Twenty years after the premiere of the original TT, the third generation of the Audi TT is receiving a comprehensive update. The design icon takes the stage with a sporty and refined exterior design, higher-powered engines and an extended line of standard equipment.
The first generation of the Audi TT made its series premiere in 1998. Three years before, Audi had already presented the TT as a concept car – as a Coupé at the IAA in Frankfurt and as a Roadster at the Tokyo Motor Show. Within a short time after the market launch, the TT Coupé had moved to the top of the segment.
The Audi TT stands for driving pleasure, design and close attention to detail: aluminum elements in the driver-oriented interior, progressive rim design, a short, ball-shaped gear lever knob, characteristic tank cap and round, dual-branch tailpipes are among the typical features of this compact sports car. The design with its incisive geometrical forms has fans throughout the world.
Refined, enhanced, extended
Right on time for the 20th anniversary of the first Audi TT, the brand is especially highlighting the sports car character of the new model. Audi has accordingly refined the design of the new TT and enhanced its performance.
Sporty and expressive: the exterior design
Masculine, progressive and even sportier – that’s the exterior design of the new TT. The front features a three-dimensional Singleframe radiator grille. Large side air inlets emphasize width.
At the rear, horizontal lines again underscore the width of the new Audi TT. No cap lies underneath the tank flap in the classic TT design; the driver can insert the gas pump nozzle directly into the port – a typical sports car feature. Headlights with LED technology is standard for Singapore. The dynamic turn signals are a visual highlight here.
The TT Coupé and the TT Roadster are each 4.19 meters in length. Both body variants have short overhangs; their wheelbase measures 2.51 meters. The new TT arrives in Singapore with 18-inch wheels; Audi and Audi Sport optionally offer 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels. Three new colors complete the range of paint finishes: cosmos blue, pulse orange and turbo blue (S line only).
High-powered: the TFSI engines
For the new TT, Audi offers the direct injection 2-litre gasoline engines with 230 hp in place of the previous 1.8 TFSI with 180 hp.
Audi offers the S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard for Singapore. The close-ratio lower gears enable powerful acceleration, while the wide ratio of each transmission’s highest gear reduces the engine speed and with it fuel consumption.
Driver-oriented: the cockpit and the assistance systems
The sports car character is also underscored by the driver-oriented interior with its clear body lines. The slender instrument panel resembles an aircraft wing; the round air vents with integrated controls suggest jet engines – a classic TT detail.
S Sport seats with integrated head restraints are standard on the Audi TT for Singapore. The luggage compartment of the 2+2 seater affords 305 liters of space underneath the stretched tailgate (280 liters on the Roadster).
All indicators appear in digital form on the 12.3-inch display of the Audi virtual cockpit. The driver can choose between two modes: in the classic view, the speedometer and tachometer take center stage. In Infotainment mode, content such as the navigation map is enlarged.
The MMI terminal on the center console has just six keys. The top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus with MMI touch integrates on the upper surface of the rotary/push-button control a touchpad that recognizes handwritten input and allows zooming, for example. The voice control system understands numerous formulations from everyday speech.
Classic: TT Roadster and TTS Roadster with soft top
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 its excellent sound insulation makes it an “acoustic top.” At 39 kilograms, the top is very light and doesn’t compromise the luggage compartment. A standard feature, the electrical drive opens and closes the top in around ten seconds at vehicle speeds of up to 50 km/h.
The price for the TT Coupé is $227,400. The TT Roadster will be arriving shortly.
The Audi TT is a design icon. Ever since the premiere of the first concept car in 1995, the Audi TT has stood for driving pleasure, design and attention to detail. When the first Audi TT Coupé came onto the market in the fall of 1998, and the first TT Roadster one year later, the series production products differed only insignificantly from the previously displayed show cars – the dream of any designer. The central design motif was the circle: the arcs of the roof, the front and the rear stood in contrast to the strictly horizontal lines.
1995: the Audi TT concept car
At the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, Audi presented the first Audi TT as a concept sports car with high suitability for everyday use. Technical Development with a team of Audi designers had developed the concept for a sporty Coupé in the shortest conceivable time. In November 1995, the Roadster version made its premiere as a TTS concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show. The outer lines of the two show cars followed the German philosophy and recalled the rounded shapes of the pre-War racing cars and post War sedans of Auto Union. The interior rested on the principle of “as much as necessary and as little as possible.” The TT concept cars were very well received as forward-looking innovations and the embodiment of revolutionary automotive design. Audi kept a low profile for many years regarding possible production of the two model versions, however.
1998: the first generation of the Audi TT
Closely based on the show car, the production model with its formally coherent design idiom has remained a milestone of innovative automotive design to the present day. Its aspiration was clear in the tiniest of details: aluminum elements in the interior, progressive wheel design, a short, spherical gear knob and round, closely spaced tailpipes. For the first time, Audi employed the quick-as-lightning dual-clutch transmission in a production model – the so-called S tronic. Power output ranged from 110 kW (150 hp) to 184 kW (250 hp).
2006: the second TT generation approaches the starting line
The design of the second generation of the successful sports car was formally more integrated in the Audi design idiom, with the driving dynamics of a full-grown athlete. The turbocharged engines developed between 118 kW (160 hp) and 155 kW (211 hp). Audi extended the lineup with an S version producing 200 kW (272 hp) and a true model athlete, the Audi TT RS with 250 kW (340 hp). The later TT RS plus version even produced 265 kW (360 hp). Groundbreaking technologies such as Audi Space Frame (ASF) lightweight construction, TFSI engines and the powerful, sonorous five-cylinder engine played key roles in the car’s success. The second Audi TT was the first sports car with TDI technology.
2014: the third-generation TT
The third generation of the Audi TT came across as sportier, more dynamic and more innovative than its predecessor. One characteristic feature persisted through all generations: the round tank cap with the typical TT logo.