Living up to its pre-show teases, the 2016 Audi TT Coupe made an impressive world debut in Geneva. Although presented in Euro form, the new TT and hotter TTS variants offer a good idea of what we can expect to see in showrooms when the car goes on sale here next year. Roughly the same size as the current model, this third-generation TT boasts bolder styling and rides on an all-new platform that trims curb weight while promising even better handling. It also introduces Audi's new cockpit-style modular interior.
Visually, the new TT embodies an evolutionary character that adds edge to the basic mix while remaining true to the original as well as to its immediate predecessor. Strong horizontal character lines and 3D fascia detailing add more interest at both ends while prominent wheel arches, deeper sill sculpting and a more distinctive C-pillar treatment pump its profile view. Up front, a larger but flatter Singleframe grille is flanked by new, slimmer LED-enhanced xenon plus headlamps which can be upgraded to full LED or Audi Matrix LED units with dynamic turn signals/cornering lights. In addition to redrawn flanks, the rear remix of this 2+2 liftback coupe brings trimmer LED lamps that bookend an articulated spoiler that automatically rises at 75 mph. Rounding out the mix are dual exhaust outlets on the TT and dual-paired tips on the TTS.
Like the car it replaces, the new Audi TT is based on aluminum-intensive architecture. But this time around, the Audi Space Frame construction has given way to a bespoke version of the VW Group's "MQB" modular transverse matrix chassis also used on the new Golf. Its enhanced combination of lightweight steel and lightweight alloy in the structure and body panels has helped trim about 110 pounds out of the base TT model, which helps improve vehicle dynamics as well as acceleration and fuel economy.
Audi plans to launch the new TT in Europe with three 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged/direct-injected engines that offer greater output than the units they replace. The gasoline-fired TFSI in the new TT makes 227 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque while the TTS version cranks out 306 ponies and 281 lb-ft of twist. Both are expected to be sold in the U.S. Europeans also will be able fit their TTs with a more fuel efficient TDI turbodiesel that makes 181 horses and 281 lb-ft of torque. Euro-spec TTs will be available with both a 6-speed manual transmission and optional paddle-shiftable 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic as well as front and Quattro all-wheel drive configurations. No word yet as to what choices we'll have here.
The chassis for the new Audi TT also benefits from the generational transition, gaining better control, improved steering feel, enhanced stopping power and the latest version of Audi magnetic ride adjustable damping that's optional on the TT but standard on the TTS. The same holds true for the availability of the multi-mode (comfort/auto/dynamic/efficiency/individual) Audi drive select system.
Inside, the slightly larger cabin of the 2016 Audi TT has been completely remade to accommodate the automaker's new modular "virtual cockpit" configuration. The various functions usually found on the conventional center touchscreen have been integrated into a 12.3-inch reconfigurable digital instrument display that sits directly ahead of the new multifunction sport steering wheel and integrates with the car's MultiMedia Interface controller. The redesign also brings new sport seats in base and upline S guise as well as a selection of new trim elements. Options range from MMI Navigation plus with a Wi-Fi hotspot and Bang & Olufsen premium audio to Audi Side Assist and Active Lane Assist. Expect to hear more details on the new TT in the coming months.
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