2016 Audi TT/TTS lineup makes U.S. debut

By Bob Nagy on November 14, 2014 7:19 AM

The all-new 2016 Audi TT/TTS Coupe and TT Roadster, previously launched in Europe, are making their debut in U.S. trim at Los Angeles. As documented in our earlier coverage, the all-new Gen III TT set remains aluminum intensive but now is based on the Volkswagen Group's latest MQB modular platform that trims about 100 pounds from the base car's curb weight. The 2016 iteration is wrapped in bolder bodywork set off with standard LED lamps that give it a new look. A fully revised suspension - including the Magnetic Ride dampers that are standard on the hotter TTS Coupe - endow all versions with better dynamics. 

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Inside, the slightly larger and better-appointed cabin introduces Audi's new "virtual cockpit" modular dash that integrates the functions of a conventional instrument cluster with the central Multimedia Interface (MMI) screen into a single 12.3-inch driver-configurable TFT display. The 2016 TT family also will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect with a 4G LTS Wi-Fi hotspot, a new MMI system that streamlines data entry process and enhanced climate controls as well as an optional 680-watt Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 5.1 Surround Sound.

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Here in America, the 2016 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster will be fitted with a 2.0-liter TFSI turbo 4-cylinder that makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while the Coupe-only TTS gets its motivation from a version cranking out 292 horses and 280 lb-ft of peak twist. Like their 2015 counterparts, these new models will come with a standard 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive, which Audi has further upgraded for TT/TTS applications and the Audi Drive Select system that provides custom settings for the throttle, shift points and steering feel as well as for the Magnetic Ride on the TTS.

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