When the Audi TT was refreshed back in 2007, the German sport coupe was given a more aggressive exterior with more defined body lines and fastback rear glass. For the 2010 model year Audi has upgraded every member of the TT line to use the Quattro all wheel drive system as well as a few updated touches both inside and out with the Pièce de résistance being a set if Xenon headlamps adorned with two dozen LED driving lights each. The interior of the 2010 TT gets a new ergonomic multifunction steering wheel and hip hugging Alcantara sports seats. Equipped with a 2.0 Liter TFSI four cylinder that cranks out a total of 200 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque, the fixed roof TT will sprint to 60 MPH in only 5.9 seconds while the drop top Roadster is not far behind at 6.2 seconds and they both top out at 130 MPH. Priced at $37,800 for the coupe and $40,800 for the convertible the new 2010 Audi TT is an excellent example of modern day German sports car engineering.
Press release after the jump.
The Audi TT continues to define the sports coupe and convertible segments. Bold, aggressive styling sends a clear message of performance and dynamic handling, while a compliment of turbocharged engines delivers class-leading power and efficiency. Inside, occupants are treated to an interior built with the same high quality materials found in the A8 flagship.
New for 2010:
- quattro all-wheel drive standard for the entire line
- Elimination of Exclusive Leather Package
- Heated seats added to Premium Plus
- New Audi Navigation plus with real-time traffic
- New choice of AMI with iPod interface for Prestige
- Leather packages require Premium Plus or Prestige
- New S line package with Alcantara S line seat
- Chrome wheel added (Prestige only)
- 18” wheels standard and new 18 inch five arm Dynamic Design wheel with summe performance tires added
- Stand alone options reduced to Audi magnetic ride only
- New standard features: Bluetooth® , HomeLink®, power top (roadsters), storage package
The Design: The Look of an Icon
The 2010 Audi TT has evolved into a muscular Coupe and Roadster model line that builds on the successful proportions of the car’s past. The nose of the TT sports an easily identifiable fascia, dominated by the characteristic Audi single-frame grille. Large, low air inlets immediately convey a sense of performance and allow additional air flow to the engine. The face of the 2010 TT also benefits from available xenon-plus headlights. On the TTS Coupe and TTS Roadster, those lights incorporate 24 LED daytime running lights, paying homage to the Audi brand’s many battles and victories at the 24 Hours of LeMans.
2.0 TFSI engine; 200 hp @ 5,100 - 6,000 rpm; 207 lb-ft @ 1,700 - 5,000 rpm
From the side profile, the TT conveys a sense of poise and speed. Large fender arches house stylish wheel options and give the sports car a powerful appeal. In coupe form; a long, arching roofline brings a sense of grace to the athletic profile of the TT; and short overhangs in the front and rear lend a sporting, well-balanced stance. The TT Roadster includes beautifully integrated roll bars with real aluminum inlays, which provide form and function through a modern incarnation of racing heritage. Integrated taillights follow the form of the TT along a subtle bodyline and incorporate a third LED tail lamp.
The Interior: Dynamic and Comfortable
A driver-oriented cockpit dominates the interior of the TT with large, easy to read gauges. The driver also is treated to a lightweight magnesium tri-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, wrapped in fine-grain leather. Low-fitted front seats enjoy similar high-quality material and provide large, supportive bolsters. The coupe delivers a 2+2 seating arrangement with both storage and seating areas behind the front seats. The 2010 TT also benefits from a Driver Information System that relays important information, including gear selection and fuel consumption, and a trip meter. A lap timer is added on TTS models. All TT models have Bluetooth hands-free capability and Sirius satellite radio.
The Engines: Efficient Power
The Audi TT Coupe and TT Roadster are powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. With a stout cast iron block and light-weight aluminum cylinder head, the engine manages 29 mpg (highway) in both the Coupe and Roadster.
S Tronic Transmission: The Definition of Sport
0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph
The Audi TT is equipped with an advanced Audi S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Gear changes from the advanced unit happen in just 0.2 seconds, resulting in a near uninterrupted transfer of power to the quattro all-wheel drive system. The driver may manually choose gears via precise-actuating paddle shifters, or by the console-mounted shifter.
Safety: An Unwavering Commitment
The Audi TT coupe is constructed of a rigid aluminum and steel body structure that weighs a scant 454 lbs. The Audi Space Frame (ASF®) construction results in low weight and enhanced torsional rigidity, which contribute to the TT’s world-class handling. It also results in a rigid shell to protect occupants. Crumple zones in the front and rear help direct collision energy down and away from the cabin. The TT also incorporates standard front, knee and seat-mounted side impact airbags for the driver and the passenger, as well as intelligent, pre-tensioning seat belts.
Coupe and Convertible: Tailored to Fit
The 2010 Audi TT is available in four iterations, including the TT Coupe, TT Roadster, TTS Coupe and TTS Roadster. The TT coupe comes standard with a 200 horsepower 2.0 TFSI engine, lightning-fast S tronic® dual-clutch transmission, and quattro® allwheel drive. Standard equipment includes a sport suspension, Electronic Stabilization Program®, Anti-lock Braking System, Anti-Slip Regulation and Audi hill hold assist. Heated external mirrors and windshield washer nozzles prepare the TT for cold weather. The TT Coupe also enjoys an automatic retractable spoiler and 18-inch 10-spoke wheels.
Inside, a multifunction steering wheel greets the driver, as do front sports seats clad in Alcantara. Automatic air conditioning and a storage package with folding compartments under the front seats also are standard. An Audi concert radio 10-speaker stereo system with SIRIUS® satellite radio and MP3 capability provides entertainment, and a driver information system is nestled in the instrument cluster. An auxiliary input jack for portable audio devices, cruise control, HomeLink® and Bluetooth® hands free make the TT a leader in convenience features, as do a central locking system and power windows with one-touch up/down and exterior activation features.
The TT roadster offers the same impressive level of equipment but brings a classic soft top to the mix for open-air excitement. Constructed of lightweight aluminum and steel, the top is constructed in three layers and incorporates a large glass rear window. An insulating layer between the exterior material and the headliner helps the TT Roadster maintain a quiet road-going experience with the top up as well as manage temperature inside the cabin. The top can retract in a quick 12 seconds and can be closed while driving at speeds up to 30 mph, thereby eliminating the need to stop.
TT buyers may choose from Premium Plus or Prestige option packages. In Premium Plus trim, the TT boasts 10-way adjustable heated seats, Audi xenon plus headlights and an auto-dimming interior mirror.
Prestige models add a number of features to the Premium Plus option package. Those include Silk Napa bi-color seats for the TTS, a BOSE® surround stereo system with AudioPilot® noise cancellation and Audi Navigation plus with real-time traffic and six-disc CD changer or Audi music interface with iPod functionality.
- Type 2.0 liter turbocharged, in-line four-cylinder, spark-ignition engine with TFSI® direct injection, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts [DOHC], turbocharger
- with intercooler
- Arrangement Front mounted, transverse
- Bore 3.25 in. (82.5 mm)
- Stroke 3.65 in. (92.8 mm)
- Displacement 121.1 cu. in. (1,984 ccm)
- Compression ratio 9.6 : 1
- Fuel requirement Unleaded Super, 95 RON (unleaded regular, 91 RON, as an alternative with slight reduction in performance)
- Horsepower (SAE) 200 hp @ 5,100 - 6,000 rpm
- Max. Torque 207 lb-ft @ 1,700 - 5,000 rpm
- Max. Turbo boost 0.9 bar (13.0 psi)
- Cylinder block Cast iron
- Crankshaft Forged steel, 5 main bearings
- Cylinder head Aluminum
- Valve train / intake DOHC, belt driven, hydraulic lifters
- Firing order 1-3-4-2
- Cooling system Water-cooled, thermostatically controlled radiator fan
- Lubrication system Gear pump, pressurized, full flow with oil cooler
- Fuel injection / Ignition system - Fully electronic engine management with drive-by-wire throttle control, direct injection, adaptive lambda control; mapped ignition with cylinder selective ignition coil, cylinder-selective adaptive knock control
- Emission system Underbonnet ceramic percatalyst with catalyst heating function via homogenous split dual injection
- Battery volts 75/80 amp/hr
- Alternator volts 140 amp/hr
- Transmission 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox gearbox with electro-hydraulic control
- Type 2.0T S tronic
- Gear ratios:
- 1st 3.462
- 2nd 2.150
- 3rd 1.464
- 4th 1.079
- 5th 1.094
- 6th 0.921
- Reverse 3.989
- Final Drive 1th-4th/ 5th - 6th and Reverse 4.059 / 3.136
- Front Differential Hypoid gear, electronically locking (EDL)
- Center Differential Haldex electronically controlled multi-plate coupling
- Rear Differential Hypoid gear
- Type Eletromechanical steering with speed-dependent power assistance
- Ratio 16.9 : 1
- Turns (lock-to-lock) 2.9
- Turning circle (curb-to-curb) 35.96 ft.
- Front Mac Pherson strut (gas charged) with 3-point lower control arm, aluminum subframe, tubular anti-roll bar, track-stabilizing steering roll radius
- Rear Four-link rear suspension with separate spring/shock absorber arrangement, subframe, tubular anti-roll bar
- Service brake Dual-circuit brake system with diagonal split, ESP, hydraulic brake assistant, front disc brakes ventilated
- Front size 12.3 x 1.0 in. (312 mm)
- Rear size 11.3 x 0.5 in. (286 mm)
- Parking brake Mechanically actuated at the rear wheels
WHEELS (standard only):
- Size aluminum, 9Jx18
- TIRES (standard only): Size 245/40 R18 93Y
- Power Top Operation 12 seconds at speeds below 31 mph
- Material Audi space frame (ASF): Lightweight construction concept which is a mixed construction using aluminium and steel
- Corrosion protection Multi-step anti-corrosion protection
- Engine oil 4.9 qt. 4.6 liter
- Fuel tank 14.53 gal. 55 liter
- Cooling system 9.5 qt. 9.0 liter
- EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:
- Wheelbase 97.2 in. 2,468 mm
- 61.9/ 61.3 in. 1,572/ 1,558 mm
- Overall length 164.5 in. 4,178 mm
- Overall width w/o mirrors 72.5 in. 1,842 mm
- Height coupe / roadster 53.2 53.5 in. 1,353 1,358 mm
- Curb weight: quattro 3153 lbs. 1430 kg 3307 lbs 1500 kg
- Drag coefficient TT Coupe: 0.30 TT Roadster: 0.32
- 0-60 mph TT 2.0T quattro S tronic Coupe: 5.9 sec. and TT 2.0T quattro S tronic Roadster: 6.2 sec
- 1/4 mile 14.7 sec. 15 sec
- Top speed Electronically limited to 130 mph (209 km/h) for North America
|Trimline||Engine and Trim||Price|
|Premium||2.0 TFSI Premium with six-speed S tronic transmission||$40,800|
|Premium Plus||2.0 TFSI Premium Plus with six-speed S tronic transmission||$42,800|
|Prestige||2.0 TFSI Prestige with six-speed S tronic® transmission||$45,580|
|Trimline||Engine and Trim||Price|
|Premium||2.0 TFSI Premium with six-speed S tronic transmission||$37,800|
|Premium Plus||2.0 TFSI Premium Plus with six-speed S tronic transmission||$39,800|
|Prestige||2.0 TFSI Prestige with six-speed S tronic® transmission||$42,580|
|S line Sport Package||The S line Sport Package adds more performance character to the already impressive TT. Included in the package are black leather S line seats, 19" wheels, special S line bumpers and steering wheel and S line door sill inserts.||$2,200|
|Fine Nappa Leather Package with Black Interior||The enhanced Interior Package adds a touch of exclusivity to the already luxurious TT interior. Included in the package are Fine Nappa Leather seating surfaces as well as a leather cowl above instrument cluster, center console, door pull, door inserts, handbrake grip and armrest||$1000|
|Fine Nappa Leather Package with Colored Interior||The enhanced Interior Package adds a touch of exclusivity to the already luxurious TT interior. Included in the package are Fine Nappa Leather seating surfaces as well as a leather cowl above instrument cluster, center console, door pull, door inserts, handbrake grip and armrest.||$1000|
|Baseball Optic Leather Package||The superior quality of Fine Nappa leather seating surfaces adds to a sophisticated yet performance-oriented driving experience. The Baseball Optic woven stitching evokes the original heritage of the TT while adding an exclusive touch of distinction.||$2000|
|Audi Magnetic Ride||Instead of conventional damper oil, the shocks are filled with a special fluid where viscosity can be controlled by an electromagnetic field. The TT continuously adjusts the fluid’s electromagnetic properties to deliver the appropriate damping forces in every driving situation. The driver can manually select “Normal” or “Sport” mode in milliseconds with the touch of a button||$1,400|
|Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips||Add a stylish detail to your TT with these tailpipe embellishers. Tips feature rolled edges and are angle cut||$130|
|Wheel Lock kit||$80|
|Audi Music Interface||The Audi Music Interface replaces the six-disc CD changer in the Audi Navigation plus system. It offers intelligent integration with the iPod®. Any iPod® Generation 4 and higher [iPod®, iPod® nano, iPod® photo] may be connected through the glove box, and full iPod® controls are available through the MMI® screen||$70|
Competitors and press reviews
"The new TT is certainly a lot more stable than the old one. It even feels better than a Porsche Cayman at high speed, especially in side winds. All TTs have strut-front and multilink-rear suspensions, but there is now an optional adjustable suspension system with magnetic shock fluid. There are two settings, sport and comfort. The sport setting certainly firms up the shocks and limits roll, but the comfort setting feels more natural in this car." (CarAndDriver)
"Like the TT Coupe, the Roadster matches MacPherson struts up front with a new multilink rear suspension setup. While most of the TT’s key components are culled from VW’s latest Gen V Golf/Rabbit, Audi rendered them in lightweight aluminum instead of steel and added its Magnetic Ride Adaptive Damping system to the option list. Our initial encounter on twisting but traffic rich two-lane roads just above the Mediterranean provided only a tantalizing hint of the TT Roadster s real potential." (MotorTrend)
"Credit the massive improvement to the new car’s lower center of gravity, multilink rear suspension, longer wheelbase and wider track, larger wheels and tires (17s and 18s, with 19s to come), much bigger brakes (16-inch rotors on 2.0s and 17-inch rotors on quattros) and new electromechanical steering rack with speed-sensitive assistance. The basic suspension, with its twin-tube gas shocks, is exceptional, but those wanting more control, for both front-drive and quattro models, can opt for Audi’s new magnetic ride shocks, similar to the system used by Cadillac." (InsideLine)
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Of course the Audi TT will never be the sports car the Porsche Cayman is, but you have to consider is cheaper than it. The TT us fast, handles quite well and its easy and safe to drive at the limit. Compared to the previous generation TT, the new TT is vastly improved and has a more aggressive look. But maybe not as aggressive you will want an sport car to be.
For 2010, it comes with a few improvements, including quattro all-wheel drive system as standard, and improved packages for tjose who want more luxury.