Audi unveils its all-new TT sports coupé at the Geneva Motor Show
German auto giant Audi has recently unveiled the third iteration of its TT sports coupé, adding oodles of technology to the mix of exquisite design and amazing driving dynamics which have been carried over from previous generations.
Unveiled at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, the all-new TT is based on Volkswagen's MQB platform, only further proving the flexibility of the German giant's creation. The design, much like the original TT is purely geometric, keeping with the very modern, mechanical theme. The car looks more aggressive and if there's a shred of doubt in your mind that it isn't the TT, the similar coupé like roof-line does indeed seal the deal.
The chassis is made up of a mix of high-strength steel and aluminium. Even the panels are mostly made of aluminium, as is some bits of the suspension. This results in the car being over 50 kg lighter than the previous model, and weighs in at just 1230 kg.
While the exterior design may be more evolutionary, the interior is where the real innovation has taken place. All the controls are virtual, with the dashboard taking on a more minimalist approach. The massive screen in front of the driver doubles as the dials, the navigation console and infotainment system. Even the controls for the climate system have been moved to the knobs on the air vents with little digital readouts.
As with all new Audi's, the TT features hi-tech matrix LED headlamps that make regular car lamps seem as dead as the steam locomotive. They're also wired to listen to the navigation system, looking left or right when it tells them a corner is coming up. Best of all however is the function to let the beams remain on 'high' while blocking out sections of the beam when sensing oncoming traffic.
The technology hasn't just stayed inside the cockpit either. Audi has employed some smart electronics which now controls the Quattro all-wheel-drive system for torque vectoring. The car now rides on Audi's Magnetic Ride suspension that allows for active changes in damping when driving over varying surfaces.
The car comes with a host of engine and transmission options, with the top of the line TTS being offered with a gopping 2.0-litre turbo engine that outputs 310bhp and is mated to an S-Tronic transmission. The more mild mannered TT gets the same 2.0-litre engine but in a different state of tune pushing out 230bhp. There's also a diesel option which produces 184bhp, which can't be outfitted with the awesome Quattro system.