Audi TT

Audi TT

  The Audi TT is a compact sports coupe from the German automaker that was first introduced in 1998 with a 1.8T power plant before receiving a 3.2 Liter V6 making 250 HP and was refreshed back in 2007. Since then Audi has upgraded every member of the TT line to use their Quattro all wheel drive system as well as a few diesel burning mills to go along with the new 250 HP 2.0 Liter TFSI motor and is able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in only 5.9 seconds.

Audi began updating their model lineup with the A5 family and will continue to do so with every other model they are offering. Even the R8 sports car will be updated, as will the TT right before the new generation is revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With a new generation Audi TT on the horizon, don’t expect any drastic changes to take place. Just as with the A5, changes made to the TT will be limited to minor exterior and interior updates. There will be the same re-sculptured lights on the front and rear of the car with "wave-like" LED headlamps, a modified front grille, a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes, a new rear bumper, a new electromechanical steering, new damper settings, and a revised rear suspension.

No changes will be made under the hood, so we’ll see the same range of three four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. Power outputs range from 160 HP - 211 HP. All the engines are mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a S tronic dual clutch transmission as an option. Of course, anyone looking to get a more powerful Audi TT should just wait around for the TT-RS Plus set to be released in 2013.

It was only a month ago that Kahn Design unveiled the TR8 - an Audi TT inspired by the R8 sports car . Now the tuner is releasing another package called the TT GT that promises a more powerful driving experience. It still involves an Audi TT dressed up like an R8, but this time the tuner focused on replicating the R8 GT .

The Audi TT was redone with new front and back vented bumpers with mesh inserts and a new front grille that mirror the ones found on the R8. The R8 style side blades and billet steel finish door mirrors that are instantly recognizable on the R8 were also put in to transform the TT, as were the rear spoiler and stainless steel quad exhaust system. The modifications continue on the interior with a Kahn Speedo, rev counter, and ivory quilted leather interior with red stitching.

So far this tuning kit has followed the same pattern as Kahn’s previous package, but they did promise a better driving experience so more was definitely added. The Audi TT GT was hooked up with sports lowered suspension springs, a front lower bumper lip in billet steel finish, and a new set of 20 -inch RSV alloy wheels.

So, if you have an Audi TT and are thinking of upgrading, an R8 look-a-like would most certainly be the way to go. For an extra £19,875 - or about $31,750 at the current exchange rates - you too could be driving an R8. Well, sort of.

Judging this tuning package on the project name alone would lead anyone to believe that Project Kahn had worked on another kit for the Audi R8 . Take a close look at the images provided and any Audi lover will tell you that this is simply not the case. Although the vehicle you see before does come with the face of an R8, the body actually belongs to its younger brother, the Audi TT

The TR8 project seems to be the kind of project that could provide any TT owner a chance to look like a baller without actually spending the cash needed to back it up. The package started with a 2.0 FSI Audi TT Audi TT and then escalated with the use of new front and back vented bumpers with mesh inserts and a new front grille fashioned to look like the ones found on the R8. What really makes the tuning package are the R8 style side blades that we guess, at a quick glance, can make a small number of people think they just saw an R8 go by. Other additions to the exterior are a new rear spoiler, a stainless steel quad exhaust system, sports lowered suspension springs, and a front lower bumper lip and door mirrors in a billet steel finish to match the dark gray exterior paint of the Audi. The shiny factor is taken care of with a new set of 20" RSV alloy wheels. For further customization, the TR8’s interior can be altered using a complete bespoke interior design service available to suit individual tastes.

A lot of work was put into the exterior of the car, but that’s where the similarities - if you can really call them that - to the R8 end. The TR8 is simply all bark and no bite with only 200 HP and 207lb-ft of torque coming out of the 2.0L FSI TT engine which is a far cry from the R8’s 430 HP and 317 lb-ft of torque.

Next to the A3 Concept , Audi also brought the Urban Mobility to the Geneva Motor Show. The Urban Mobility is a research project that can perform maneuvers safely, even without the driver. Based on the TTS , this project has been created at the Volkswagen Group Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) in Palo Alto (California).

The computer hardware in the TTS research vehicle is not significantly more complex than that found in a standard laptop. At present, two computers, located in the trunk, are used on the vehicle. One runs safety-related algorithms using Oracle’s Real Time Java (Java RTS) and the other runs vehicle dynamics algorithms. These algorithms enable the TTS to respond superbly on a variety of surfaces, at different speeds and under varying conditions. The differential GPS system is able to keep the TTS to within around two centimeters from the center line of a normal road.

Compared to Audi’s previous TT Pikes Peak , this version uses electronics that help the driver to avoid hazardous situations encountered in the mixture of asphalt and gravel surfaces.

Audi is tossing out a line in the shape of a new concept car to see whether or not its customers will bite. This new concept is called the GT4 and is based on the TT sports model. Production for the GT4 concept is planned for the 2012 model year with sales starting at 120,000 Euro on both European and Asian markets.

The TT GT4 features a motorsport body with a roll-over cage and a safety-optimized fuel tank box, as well as other modifications appropriate for an affordable motorsport vehicle. The exterior sees the front apron, rear apron, and the rear wing borrowed from the Audi TT RS . The new hood, doors, and trunk lid are all made of CFRP while the windows are made of plastic.

Audi has equipped the GT4 with a TFSI engine producing about 340hp. This is handled by an S-tronic transmission with a differential lock and a modified production suspension with adjustable dampers. The vehicle is finished off with 9.5 x 18 inch light alloy wheels.

Press release after the jump.

Audi has unveiled today a new version of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak , the car that can drive itself. The new TTS Pikes Peak will make its first high-speed test runs up Pikes Peak in Colorado this fall.

The Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak is based on a street-ready Audi TTS sports car. An Audi TTS was chosen due to its native systems. The drive-by-wire throttle and a semiautomatic DSG gearbox were a good fit with the electronics that allow the car to drive without human input.

The design of the TTS Pikes Peak was inspired by the rally car themes from the 1980s.

“We were very much inspired by the Pikes Peak race cars,” noted Raul Cenan, Lead Designer on the TTS project. “But there was very different technology used in those cars overall. So we decided to go with more modern elements that were heritage-inspired.“

The hardware added to the TTS is really no different than any laptop computer. The car currently uses two computers in its trunk – one running safety critical algorithms using Oracle’s Real Time Java (Java RTS) and the other running vehicle dynamics algorithms. The two sets of algorithms are what enable the TTS to drive at the limits of handling on a variety of surfaces, speeds and conditions.

The differential GPS system keeps the TTS within two centimeters of its mark on a normal course. Since Pikes Peak is anything, but normal, the research team would like to get that number down to one meter.

The Audi TTS Pikes Peak will also be attempting a Guiness Book of World Record as it makes a land speed attempt at the El Mirage Lake dry-lake bed in southern California or another nearby location in the Fall as well as attempting fastest speed in an autonomous vehicle.

UPDATE 11/19/2010: The Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak has climbed Pikes Peak. Hit the jump for the details!

Video and press release after the jump.

History is about to be made. Audi of America has announced that they will be making their first ever appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Not only will they be attending the soirée, but they will also be bringing six models to put on display, including theAutonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak and the Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STaSIS Engineering equipped with a 710 HP supercharged engine.

"We’re thrilled to be a part of the SEMA experience, and look forward to turning heads with our vehicles, demonstrations, and a sophisticated lineup of After Sales and electronics products that enhance connectivity and entertainment," said David Tait, Audi’s lead After Sales executive and spokesman on the SEMA project." You read that right. Audi will be bringing a slew of products along with their vehicles to take full advantage of their maiden voyage to the City of Lights.

Press release after the jump.

The guys over at VW Vortex were apparently at the right place at the right time when they were in Germany a couple of weeks ago. They came upon a bunch of new Audi catalogs and while flipping through the pages, they came across a little sporty discovery.

Audi Exclusive is offering a new interior option for the TT sports car , both coupe and roadster versions. The new interior is inspired by the RS5’s interior and includes a combination of black and accenting Karmesin Red fine Nappa leather. With the TT, Audi has decided to filter even more of the Karmesin Red throughout the interior by including it in on the center console, 6’oclock spoke on the steering wheel, and even on the inside of the doors; elements to which were left in black on the Audi RS5.

The new option can be ordered anywhere in Europe, but there are no details yet on its availability in the North American market.

Source: VW Vortex
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After hitting Porsche below the belt a few days ago with their controversial advertising stunt, Nissan decided that they weren’t quite finished expressing themselves. Their most recent scathing attack was aimed at their more stable competition, the Audi TT .

With cut throat competition in the sports coupe segment, Nissan has embarked on a serious marketing strategy of winning new European converts. This goal was evident in London, where the Japanese company took an Audi TTS bearing the slogan "More expensive, slower and less powerful than a Nissan 370Z " around the streets of London.
Adding salt to the wound, the branded Audi TT was trailed by another branded Porsche Cayman with the words "I dream of being as fast as a Nissan 370Z". Talk about being aggressive!

With Nissan’s changing fortunes, the company has been churning award winning vehicles, challenging even the top tier. The company has launched a series of media campaigns highlighting the fact that both sports cars are better in terms of performance yet cost less than their equivalent European rivals. According to Nissan’s marketing director, these campaigns are targeted to alter the perception that only German sports cars are the benchmarks for measuring performance and quality.

With all this rooftop declaration, we are sure you would be interested in the performance of the 370Z in relation to the German trio, so we have included a picture that displays these specs, courtesy of Nissan. Enjoy!

Audi’s future plans have been revealed! And we have to admit they look quite promising! The end of this year will bring the new RS3 . It will be launched at a major auto show and will be powered by the same engine as the current TT-RS , meaning a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine with direct gasoline injection that produces 340 bhp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. It will be built as a limited edition.

A successor for the current A3 is also in the works and will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will be built on a completely new chassis, same as for the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf . There are plans for a compact sports car (R4 ), additional variants of the A1 (including a hybrid version with rotary engine as the base unit), and a revival of the A2 , that will be a pure electric model. An emission-free version of the R8 sports car will come in late 2012.

A new Audi TT will be unveiled in 2014. This will be the third generation of the German model and will debut as a coupe version; a roadster version will debut a few months later. First details on the car suggest that it will be nearly as long and wide as the current type, but chassis and engines will be the same as the future R4, most likely a 186 hp 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI unit with 170 hp.

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