Geneva: 2015 Audi TT – Pushing Performance and Technology to the Limit

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The 2015 Audi TT and TTS mark the third generation of the car and are about to be revealed at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. Updated both inside and out, the new Audi is exciting, dynamic, and innovative.

Audi announced three different 4 cylinder engines in the new TT and TTS.  The 2.0 TDI is good for 184hp and 280 lb/ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via a manual transmission, and 62 mph comes in 7.2 seconds. The turbo diesel has an estimated fuel consumption of 56 mpg.  Please remember that this announcement is focused on the European market, and Audi has not confirmed the specifications for the North American versions.

The 2.0L TFSI gas powered engine in the TT produces 230hp and 273 lb/ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via a six speed manual transmission, and you’ll get to 62 mph in 6.0 seconds. If you prefer your TT with the six speed S tronic and quattro, you’ll get to 62mph in 5.3 seconds.

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A high-strung version of the 2.0L TFSI powers the TTS and produces 310hp and 280 lb/ft of torque. The sprint to 62mph comes in 4.7 seconds and a manual transmission is standard. If you opt for the S tronic, then  you’ll get launch control.

The exterior of the TT emphasizes strength and stability with horizontal style lines. The grill is wider than in previous years and the standard Xenon headlights give the front fascia an aggressive look.  Optional are the Matrix LED headlights with predictive cornering, taking navigation data and moving the light beam before the wheel is even turned.  Lets hope these headlights are legal in the US.

The Mk3 TT has the same length as in previous years, but the wheel base has grown a bit to nearly 99”. The width is 6”, and the height of 53” remains the same. The TT gets two large exhaust pipes, the TTS gets quads.  Additionally the TTS gets 18″ wheels and is 0.39″ lower. Both models have a spoiler that comes up from the trunk lid at 74mph. The new TT with the 2.0L gasoline engine weighs just 2,712 lbs.

2015 audi tt cockpit dash interior gauges

Audi is calling their interior a virtual cockpit. The instrument cluster and MMI screen now function as one. The flowing lines invoke a “less is more” design aesthetic.  This is clearly seen in the new air conditioning controls, which are within the air vents themselves.

The virtual cockpit has two different settings. Classic gives the driver the speedometer and tachometer only. In infotainment mode those instruments are smaller to make way for other functions. The TTS has a third mode in which the tachometer is the dominant feature.

There are also a few different driving modes with Quattro  Auto gives the driver a very balanced driving experience. Choose dynamic for more advanced dynamics, with torque being pushed to the rear. In efficiency mode, the computer can predict when the all wheel drive system is needed most, resulting in optimum efficiency. Electronic stability control can be switched off completely or partially, depending on the driver’s needs.

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The TT comes with the third generation of Audi magnetic ride. The suspension can be adjusted to either comfort, auto, or dynamic through the Audi drive select.  The progressive electronic power steering gives the driver a quicker ratio as the flat bottomed multifunctional steering wheel is turned. It weights up at speed and there is an optional active lane assist and park assist.

In the end, we can’t wait to get our hands on the 2015 Audi TT. It’s been one of our favorites and we hope this new model lives up to expectations.

Check out this fun and informative TFLcar video review of another fast and high-tech Audi – the 2013 Audi S5.