With a clean sheet redesign, Audi has reinvented their Terrific Teutonic roadster for 2016. Now riding on the versatile MQB platform, it shares its underpinnings with Audi’s A3 and Volkswagen’s Golf and Passat. Recently announced at the Geneva Motor Show, this third generation model is more refined and just as innovative as its predecessors.
Initially, we will be offered two flavors: TT and TTS. As you might have guessed, the TT is aimed at top-down cruising, while the TTS brings the legendary Quattro® All Wheel Drive and Audi Driving Dynamics system onboard for performance minded motorists.
Laser welding was introduced on the 1998 TT, and it allows the body and chassis to act as a single unit. The Audi Space Frame has been separated into thirds with the engine bay, passenger compartment and trunk acting as high strength steel safety cages. Overall, the TT is 21 mm shorter riding on a 37 mm longer wheelbase. Pulling the wheels to the corners and trimming the overhangs improves stability and predictability.
On the inside, TT has a wild Virtual Cockpit. All instrumentation and the MMI display have been combined into a 12.3” HD screen behind the wheel. Controlling the system is MMI Touch, a touchpad built into the top of the rotary dial. The fabric top and mechanism are all new and can open in 10 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. A multi-layer construction provides acoustic insulation and a one-piece look that conceals the profile of the top bows.
Under the hood is the 2.0L TFSI turbo with either a six speed manual or dual clutch S Tronic. Power stays at 265 hp and torque is a healthy 258 lb-ft. Since the curb weight of the manual transmission TTS is around 2,900 lbs, the power is more than adequate for a thrilling experience. Pricing starts at $51,700 for the most advanced two-seater compact roadster on the market.
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