Audi is celebrating the half-a-million mark in the production of the TT with the unveiling of a special edition TTS . Called the TTS Competition, Audi will limit the new special edition to only 500 units and it will put the model into production in October. In Europe, the new TTS Competition will add only €1,900 ($2,500) over the base TTS, which is priced from €46,700 ($62,000).
The first-generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1998 in the coupe version and one year later the roadster version debuted. The first TT remained in production until 2006 and one year later, Audi released the second generation. The first TTS version was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show as the first S model in the TT range, then the TT-RS arrived a year later at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.
Since its initial launch in 1998, Audi has sold a total of 500,000 TT models, which is proof that the model is a force to be reckoned with in the compact sports car market.
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The new TTS Competition is available exclusively in Imola yellow or Nimbus gray exterior paints, both of which are exclusive to this version. Audi further enhanced the exterior with a fixed rear wing with bars in a matte-aluminum-look and 19-inch wheels in a five-arm “Rotor” design.
For the roadster version, buyers can order the top in either black or gray.
For the interior, the new TTS Competition adds an Impulse leather package, which features a steel-gray finish with Imola yellow accents. There is also a special aluminum badge on the door trim that is embossed with a “1 of 500” logo. The driver enjoys a leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel with a more strongly contoured rim. Additionally, Audi includes rear parking sensors.
Under the hood, the TTS Competition gets a 2.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 272 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed S tronic transmission that launches the coupe to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and the roadster in 5.5 seconds, or a manual transmission that raises the sprint time to 5.5 and 5.7 seconds, respectively. All models come with quattro permanent all-while drive and top out at 155 mph.
The TTS Competition with the S tronic transmission delivers an average fuel economy of about 30 mpg, and the manual transmission drops it to an average of about 29 mpg.
On the European market, the new TTS Competition adds €1,900 ($2,500) to the base TTS, which it priced from €46,700 ($62,000). There will be only 500 units offered. Deliveries start in October.
People always looked at the Audi TTS as a cheaper alternative for the Porsche Cayman, but there are many buyer out there who find the Cayman better than the TTS.
The Cayman is powered by a 2.7-liter flat-six engine that develops 275 horsepower and sprints it to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with the PDK and Sport Chrono. The Cayman can hit a top speed of 165 mph.
Gallery Porsche Cayman
The 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine that delivers a total of 332 horsepower and sprints the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.
Gallery Nissan 370Z
We know the TTS Competition is just another way to celebrate a milestone and sell more cars, but it is always nice to see such a cool special edition car. We’re just hoping that Audi will decide to offer some of those 500 units in the U.S. too, but we’re not holding our breath.
- The exterior colors are pretty cool
- Interior updates
- Lots of standard features
- No updates under the hood
- No mention of it making its way to the U.S.
Gallery Audi TTS Competition
Half a million Audi TT cars have been built. Audi is celebrating this production milestone for its compact sports car with an exclusive special edition model. Coupé and Roadster versions of the 200 kW (272 hp) Audi TTS competition will begin rolling off the assembly line in October. Total production is limited to 500 units.
The Audi TT has long been a design icon, and Audi is setting new accents with the TTS competition. It is available exclusively in the special paint finishes Imola yellow or Nimbus gray, and its exterior calling card is a fixed rear wing with bars in a matt aluminum-look finish. The Roadster’s top is available in either Black or Gray. The 19-inch wheels feature a five-arm “Rotor” design and are shod with beefy 225/35 tires.
The Impulse leather package in steel gray dominates the interior of the TTS competition and uses characteristic leather bands as decorative elements. Their cut edges are dyed Imola yellow, and this same shade of yellow is used for the contrasting stitching. Aluminum badges on the door trims embossed with “1 of 500” further accentuate the exclusivity of the special edition model.
A leather multifunction steering wheel with a more strongly contoured rim and the rear parking system round out the equipment. All other features – from xenon plus headlights and Audi magnetic ride damper control system to aluminum inlays – correspond to the already comprehensive list of standard equipment in the TTS. The TTS competition is also very attractive financially. The extra charge for the competition package is just 1,900 euros.
With its 200 kW (272 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, the 2.0 TFSI engine defines the dynamic character of the Audi TTS competition. Paired with the six-speed S tronic, it accelerates the Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.3 seconds (5.5 seconds with manual transmission). Average fuel consumption for the Coupé is 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers (30.55 US mpg) with the S tronic, 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers (29.77 US mpg) with the manual. The Audi TTS competition Roadster with the six-speed S tronic sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 seconds. With the manual transmission, this same sprint takes 5.7 seconds. The Roadster consumes 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (29.77 US mpg) when equipped with the S tronic and 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers (29.04 US mpg) with the manual. quattro permanent all-while drive delivers the power to the road in all models, and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph)
Limited to just 500 units, the Audi TTS competition is a particularly exclusive special edition model. For all regular TT variants with up to 155 kW (211 hp), Audi offers the S line competition trim line, which also features special visual cues, 19-inch wheels and the S line sports package.
The production of the 500,000th Audi TT documents the success of the compact sports car. The TT achieved design icon status with the very first generation, which debuted as a Coupé in 1998 and as a Roadster the year after. Its consistently implemented clarity of form and the loving attention to detail continues to captivate both the media and customers alike.
As a Coupé, the compact sports car impressed with its 2+2 seating concept and variable luggage compartment; as a Roadster with its puristic, lightweight cloth top. It set standards with its technology: with the potent downsizing turbocharged engines, quattro all-wheel drive for the high-end models and with the six-speed S tronic, which debuted in the model series in 2003.
The second generation, which followed in 2006/2007, marked the first time that Audi succeeded in reversing the weight spiral. The ASF (Audi Space Frame) body, which is made predominately of aluminum, made the new version as much as 90 kilograms (198.42 lb) lighter than the previous model. The low weight enables strong performance with very low fuel consumption. Another Audi innovation was the TT 2.0 TDI quattro: the world’s first premium-segment sports car with a powerful diesel engine and all-wheel drive.