Ingolstadt-based automaker, Audi, is already working on a new-generation TT, but this doesn’t mean customers can’t still enjoy the current generation. On the British market, for example, Audi unveiled a cool TT Black Edition that can be combined with a new Amplified Black specification package priced at only £700 (about $1,100 at the current exchange rates).
The new Black Edition will be based on the top S line trim level and adds a black trim for the radiator grille surround, tinted rear privacy glass, and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The optional Amplified Black package also adds numerous black elements like the front lip spoiler, the fixed rear spoiler, rear diffuser and the exhaust pipes. The same black treatment continues on the interior.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi TT Coupe and Roadster Black Edition.
Audi currently offers two sports cars in its lineup: the TT and the R8. To fill the gap between the two models the company was planning to unveil the R5 (also known as the R4), but that model has been dropped. New rumors suggest that the next TT will move upmarket to put it closer to R8.
During the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Audi chief designer Wolfgang Egger confirmed that the next TT will be "a sharper, far more angular vehicle" and will introduce Audi’s new design strategy. According to Wolfgang this new design strategy will include "more-angular lines and more-daring headlight styling." All of this new styling lends to the possibility of the TT moving upward in price and quality, thereby closing that Grand Canyon-like gap between it and the R8.
The next TT will be built on the company’s new MQB modular-transversal architecture and will be offered with a five-cylinder engine offered in several power levels, with the most powerful one being of course the TT RS, which will deliver up to 400 horsepower.
The next Audi TT is expected to be unveiled sometime in 2014.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Audi unveiled the TT-RS Plus — a faster version of the current TT-RS. It looks like the good news may not stop there, as according to Audi’s development boss, Wolfgang Durheimer, in the near future we may see a hardcore, super-light Audi TT. According to sources, the package would be almost like the package that Audi’s sister company, Porsche, uses on its 911 GT3.
First details suggest that, if produced, this revised TT would be built on the usual MQB architecture, but it would combine steel, aluminum and carbon fiber in an attempt to keep its curb weight around 2,200 pounds. Under the hood, Audi would install a five-cylinder engine and pair it with its world-renowned Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The project has yet to receive the green light from the bosses at Audi, but, according to sources, a final decision will be made next week. If it’s anything like the 911 GT3, we are prepared to be wowed all over again by the TT.
Just like every other model in Audi’s line-up, the TT is also preparing to enter a new generation with big changes already in the works. These new changes will take their inspiration from the first Audi TT that was launched in 1998. This model had a greater impact on the market than its successor, the second generation, in 2006, so when the third generation is revealed, it will be sporting more cues from the first generation. Audi hopes these original design elements will recreate the car’s "strongly functional shape largely untroubled by ornamentation."
The next TT will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform and will use plenty of aluminum in its construction to further reduce mass. Audi will offer both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options, while providing custonmers with a choice of three engines: 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter petrol engines, and a 2.0 liter TDI engine. The TT RS version will get a reworked version of the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.
The new Audi TT will debut in 2014 as a coupe version with the roadster arriving one year later.
We tend to keep our focus on cars that run in excess of $100K and fly to 60 mph in sub-3-second times. What about those that can’t pull off a $2,000-per-month car payment and don’t need to get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds? Well, this one’s for you.
We are going to take a look at the top budget sports cars in the automotive realm today and tear them apart to find out what’s good about them and what’s not so hot about them. After that, we’ll input all of that data into the "patented" TopSpeed top-pick machine and spew out which of these cars offers the best bang for its customer’s buck. Keep in mind that we are looking at driving factors only, option and equipment have no bearing on making a budget sports car more fun in this competition.
We’re only looking at new cars here, so that eliminates my personal favorite, the Mazdaspeed Miata. The Miata will, of course be in the competition, but its facing cars that are equally, if not more, powerful and that rival it in handling performance. So, who takes home the title?
Click past the jump to find out.
It’s been over a year since we first heard about the future Audi TT, but now that original thought has flourished into a full fledged test mule, which our spy photographers were able to catch in action. The test vehicle was doing a bit of winter testing somewhere in Sweden.
This mule doesn’t necessarily reveal much on the new design of the vehicle, but it does show that the wheelbase will grow slightly and that the wheel-arches look wider. These changes were made mostly because the car will move on to an entirely new platform - Volkswagen’s new MQB transverse architecture.
This new platform will be joined with changes from the current front engine configuration to a mid-engine configuration. The spy photographers said that the sound of the engine was more "mature," but that could also be from the unfinished exhaust system. Rumors say Audi will be offering the Audi TT with a new 1.8-liter engine and two different 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines.
Expect to see the new generation Audi TT launched sometime in 2014.
The history of the TT (Tourist Trophy) started in 1995 when Audi unveiled the first concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. It would be a full three years before the market would be introduced to the production model in 1998, but when that happened, it arrived in both coupe and roadster versions. The first generation remained active until 2006, when the company released the second generation TT for the 2007MY.
Compared to the first generation TT, the model unveiled in 2006 featured a completely redesigned exterior, a switch from the Volkswagen Group PQ34 platform to the PQ35, and new, improved engines. At the launch, the TT MK2 was offered with a choice of two inline four-cylinder engines and a V6 carried over from the previous model, but in the years that have followed since then, Audi has enriched the line-up with even more engine choices to satisfy the market.
For the most part, the second generation TT has remained unchanged, but the past couples of years have brought on some tweaks to freshen up the car’s look. In 2011, the TT was given a more powerful bumper, larger air inlets with three-dimensional, sharp edges, and fog lights set in chrome rings. Under the hood, Audi placed new technologies that allowed improved fuel consumption. For 2012, Audi has decided to offer the TT-RS version on the US market, which is enough of a change to warrant some attention.
Hit the jump to read more about the Audi TT.
We don’t usually get caught up in the overtaking of roles in the auto industry - for example, this Design Chief now working for rival company - but it looks like we may have to pay a bit closer attention from now on. In the new image of Audi ’s new Brand Design Chief, Wolfgang Egger, there appears to be a blurry front end of what may be the future generation Audi TT.
We know Audi is hard at work providing facelifts for all of their major models before cranking out the new generations of all in a couple of years’ time, but we never thought we may be able to get a quick glance at the future through an employee photo. The 2014 Audi TT was rumored to appear in concept form first at the Tokyo Auto Show, but it is now believed that the vehicle will show its face in Geneva. The blurry front end in this image looks to have the current TT’s nose, but the sloping headlights look to be a bit more elongated and the detailing of the lower fascia was altered.
Look, this may be a model of the current TT that is so blurry, it’s causing us to see things that aren’t there, but we’re betting on the fact that we’re looking at a work in progress. A work that may turn into the Audi TT Concept on the 2012 Geneva Auto Show floor. Only time will tell.
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 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.