2019 Audi TT
A few small updates and more standard gear keep it fresh at 20 years old
Audi first introduced the TT as a sporty compact two-door in the late ‘90s, with the latest third-generation model arriving in 2014 at the Geneva International Motor Show. Offered as both a hardtop coupe and a drop-top roadster, Audi sends the TT into the 2019 model year with a mild refresh, including an updated exterior, a new seven-speed gearbox, and more standard equipment as well.
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2020 Audi TT-RS - Driven
Audi updated the TT-RS for the 2019 model year, and after just a year on the market, we finally managed to get our hands on one. To our surprise, we found that the updated front and rear designs actually give the TT-RS a more dynamic, yet aggressive look. That is thanks to, at least in part, the new honeycomb grille up front that’s paired with the contrasted front spoiler lip.
Further emphasizing the sporty appearance of our TT-RS tester were the black mirror caps, the black accents on the rear spoiler, and the black diffuser-like elements in the rear fascia. Most people wouldn’t recognize some of the smaller bits, but those black legs for the spoiler, for instance, really stand out with the black accents on the rear decklid and the taillights.
The interior design of the TT-RS just screams performance and, at times, we almost felt like we were driving a Porsche. Maybe it’s the honeycomb inserts on the seats, the low seating position, or the material on the flat-bottom steering wheel. Honestly, it was probably a combination of all three, but we were so mesmerized by the crispness of the Audi virtual cockpit it was hard to look away.
Under the hood sits Audi’s classic 2.5-liter inline-five with 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. We really wish we had a six-speed manual, but unfortunately, the best we could ask for was the seven-speed automatic. The AWD was nice and, despite Audi’s claims of a 3.7-second sprint to 60 mph, we actually clocked the same run somewhere in the high-3.5 to low-3.6 range on multiple occasions. If we had tried a top speed run, we would have been limited to 155 mph (we didn’t break the highway speed limit, though) however, if you’re willing to pay for it, you could get that limit raised to 174 mph. Pricing for our tester, as you see it here, was $77,490.
The Audi TT Is Yet Another Victim of the SUV Craze
The Audi TT won’t die, as many have suggested for the better part of five years, but it won’t live on in its current form either. What has been for over 20 years a staple in the compact sports car market will soon morph into a low-slung, sporty crossover slated to be more compact than Audi’s Q3 and, more importantly, electrified.
Well-engineered, well put together, fast, and compact. These are the core ingredients that made the original TT a hit when it dropped over two decades ago. But, since then, the market has changed dramatically and people no longer want sporty coupes, even less so one with a $54,500 MSRP. Audi’s well aware of the sad state of its smallest two-door model and is ready to take action. Fans of the TT won’t be happy but Audi isn’t the first nor the last company to save a nameplate and then slap it to a new product that has nothing to do with the original, making us wish it’d killed it altogether.
It Looks Like Audi Will Be Retiring the TT After All
The Audi TT is one of the very few sports cars that even non-enthusiasts are familiar with. The TT has been a true icon over the last couple of decades, but it looks like its time is up. The sports car segment is overflowing with fantastic machines that have, essentially, rendered the TT as an old-timer. Now that the company is finding it difficult to move it out of the showroom, Audi’s CEO has hinted that the car may not see the light of the day after this generation has exceeded its lifespan.
2019 Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition
The Audi TT is turning 20 years old this year, and to commemorate that milestone, Audi is rolling out a special edition model, called the 20th Anniversary Edition. The exclusive touches included in the TT 20th Anniversary Edition are mostly cosmetic in nature, including a pair of paint colors that are exclusive to the model. Audi only plans to sell 999 units of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition, and only 80 units of that total volume will arrive in the U.S. market. The starting price for the coupe version sits at $52,900 while the roadster version starts at $56,800. The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is available to order now.
Audi celebrates 20 years of TT with special edition model
10 Sports Cars with the Best MPG
Fuel efficiency may not be the prime concern when looking to purchase a sports car, but these days the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Long gone are the days when you had to sacrifice pretty much everything in order to drive a fun car that put a smile on your face - these days you can have your sporty cake and also eat it, and these are the cars you can do it in. All models below blend twisty road enjoyment with some manner of fuel-sipping tech on top of their improved practicality and day-to-day usability compared to equivalent models of decades past.decades past.
10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs
Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the driving range, or an entire Sunday spent on the links with your friends, it’s important to have the right ride to get you and your gear to the golf course without a fuss. As such, the big luxury automakers out there offer a range of two-door coupes with enough space in the rear to transport your clubs, bag, and whatever else you need for a round or two, all without sacrificing comfort in the cabin. But which of these is the best?
To find out, we took a look at all the big names on the market from the perspective of a golfer. First and foremost, the coupe in question has to have enough trunk space to carry at least one golf bag, assuming an average golf bag size of 36 inches by 14 inches by 10 inches, or 3 cubic feet, give or take. What’s more, we’re also considering style and appearance, as well as luxury and equipment features inside the cabin.
So then - arranged in no particular order, here’s our picks for the top 10 luxury coupes to take golfing.
2019 Audi TT
Audi first introduced the TT as a sporty compact two-door in the late ‘90s, with the latest third-generation model arriving in 2014 at the Geneva International Motor Show. Offered as both a hardtop coupe and a drop-top roadster, Audi sends the TT into the 2019 model year with a mild refresh, including an updated exterior, a new seven-speed gearbox, and more standard equipment as well.
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I expected to see a facelifted Audi TT at the Paris Auto Show later this year, but Audi jumped the gun and released a new car only days after the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new Audi TT received superficial exterior upgrades, slightly retuned engines, and a few more options for the interior. It remained much the same as before, but it did gain new Audi nomenclature designating the version with a number. New cars include the TT 40 TFSI, the TT 45 TFSI, the TT 45 TFSI Quattro, and the TTS.
The Audi TT is Sportier Than Ever and Has a Longer List of Standard Features
Facelift Audi TTS Revealed in Leaked Photos
The current Audi TT is about to get a facelift, and although we have yet to see the upgrades the Germans made to the standard coupe, a couple of leaked photos unveil the changes we will see on the sportier TTS model. We have clear shots of both the front and rear fascia, and the revisions are quite significant.
2019 Audi TT RS
The current Audi TT was unveiled in 2014, and the range-topping TT RS model was introduced for the 2017 model year. The high-revving coupe has been on the market for less than two years as of May, but Audi is already testing a mid-cycle facelift. Spotted testing on public roads in late 2017, the TT RS visited the Nurburgring track in April 2018. The coupe is still wearing camouflaged over the body parts that will get updates, but it seems that it won’t be long until it’s ready to go into production.
Like all Audi facelifts, expect the upgrade to bring only minor revisions inside and out. The exterior should get new bumpers and improved aerodynamics, while the cabin should receive Audi’s latest technology, but retain the third-generation design layout. The German car will continue to use the turbocharged, five-cylinder engine, but revised internals should add a bit of extra power and decrease CO2 emissions. An unveiling could happen by the end of 2018, but don’t expect the updated TT RS to arrive in the United States before the 2020 model year.
Updated 07/06/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi TT RS testing on the smaller roads in Southern Europe.
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Hello Audi A4 Cabrio, Goodbye Audi TT Roadster and A5 Cabrio
The Audi A4 Cabriolet could be making a comeback as Audi tries to reshuffle its convertible lineup to make room for its return. Part of that reshuffling reportedly involves axing two current convertibles that have become anchors weighing Audi’s sales volume down. If this happens, we could be saying goodbye to the Audi TT Roadster and the Audi A5 Cabriolet. Both models have had their time in the sun, but now it’s looking like they’re being called back home.
Audi has launched the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The TT Clubsport provides a strong reminisce of the Audi 90 IMSA GTO from the 1980’s. Lots of parts for this car have been drawn from Audi Sport Performance Parts. Audi has managed to garner enough attention at the SEMA show with its visually appealing looks.
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2018 Audi TT Lighting Style Edition
The new-generation Audi A8 is understandably getting all the love today, but it’s far from the only Audi model making the news. Over in Japan, Audi has introduced an exclusive limited-edition version of the TT sports coupe. It’s officially called the TT 1.8 Lighting Style Edition, and it’s making us wonder (yet again) what we did to deserve not getting any of these special editions in the U.S.
The TT Lighting Style Edition features a steady diet of cosmetic upgrades. It has exclusive color offerings, aesthetic upgrades, and packages that come standard on the model. Audi also picked a good variant of the TT – the 1.8 – to dress up in the exclusive garb. The automaker didn’t say how many of the TT Lighting Style Editions it plans to roll out in the Japanese market, but it did say that the car will be priced in the market at 5.29 million yen, or around $46,200 based on current exchange rates. The price tag is surprisingly modest considering that here in the U.S., the 2.0 TT starts at $43,500. Fortunately, this is one of those times where we don’t really miss out on a special edition model since American customers can basically order the same thing. That said, it still would be nice if Audi sent more of its special edition models to the U.S. That way, we wouldn’t have to keep looking to the other side of the world to satisfy our SE fixes.
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Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT
The automotive market has evolved to the point where carmakers offer a wide range of intermediate versions of their vehicles. Can’t afford a BMW M but you also want something above the standard model? You can get one with the M Sport package. The same goes for various Mercedes-Benz models and, starting 2017, for a couple of Audi vehicles too. The German firm has just launched the Audi Sport Performance Parts line, which adds various upgrades to the R8, TT, TTS and TT RS.
With upgrades for the exterior, interior, suspension, and exhaust system, the Sport Performance Parts package is also a bit different from what you can get from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, it’s a retrofit range, so you can purchase it for a car you already own. The bundles are scheduled to go on sale this summer, initially in Germany, but other markets will receive them later on. The good news is that Audi is planning to launch similar ranges for additional models in the future. Find out what these packages include in the review below.
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2017 Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro
The Audi TT entered its third generation for 2016 and is built upon Volkswagen’s MQB platform. At Launch it was available with the choice of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivered 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, or 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet in TTS form. There was also a 2.0-liter TDI with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet but, unlike the TFSI unit that could be equipped with Quattro all-wheel- drive, the TDI was only available in front-wheel drive. In terms of design, the third-gen model changed very little and looked quite similar to the second-gen model it replaced. It did get the updated Audi grille design to go with a restyled side profile and mildly redesign fascias. On the inside, the biggest news was the addition of Audi’s virtual cockpit as standard equipment, but aside from a few nips and tucks, that was it.
This isn’t the first time that Audi has given the TDI an all-wheel drive configuration. Back in 2008, the second-gen model got its own 2.0 TDI Quattro variant, but it wasn’t quite as powerful as the new third-gen TDI Quattro model. But, it’s not all gravy when it comes to the TDI Quattro. See, those who remember and fell in love with the second-gen TDI Quattro will tell you that it came standard with a six-speed manual transmission for that row-your-own goodness that is oh so fun. This model, however, is only available with the six-speed dual clutch transmission. Sure, the dual-clutch unit has been found to offer better performance and fuel economy, and there are paddle shifters, but it’s just not the same. If you really want the six-speed manual, you can still get it in the front-wheel-drive TT TDI, but who really wants front-wheel drive when you can have Quattro?
Regardless of being stuck with the six-speed dual clutch, the third-gen TT TDI has finally gotten the Quattro drive system it deserves, so let’s dive on in and talk a little more about it.
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2016 Audi TT Black Edition
There was a once a time when the Audi TT was in desperate need of a makeover after the previous generation model was running on fumes, having carried the name for Audi for eight years. Everything changed, though, when the third- and current-generation TT finally arrived in 2014. Not only did it bring some much-needed life back to the TT name, it also reinvigorated Audi’s entire sports car lineup. Fast forward to today and the TT remains a relevant force for Audi, so much so that it received the special edition treatment in the form of the TT Black Edition.
Before any of you get excited, it must be noted that the TT Black Edition, together with the other Audi models receiving similar treatment, is only available in the UK. I know, right? Is it too much to ask for American customers to get some special edition love too? Frustrations notwithstanding, the TT is joined in the Black Edition series by the A3 and S3, as well as the S6 and S7 Sportback models, the Q3 SUV, and of course, the TT Roadster.
Most of the upgrades in the TT Black Edition are of the cosmetic variety, but there are some upgrades that are exclusive to the coupe and roadster versions of the TT and TTS. There are no engine modifications, so prospective owners shouldn’t expect anything from the TT’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, which produces 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Come to grips with that and the TT Black Edition becomes a lot more desirable.
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2017 Audi TT S Line Competition
Launched in 2014, the third-generation Audi TT uses the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, which it shares with vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf, Seat Leon, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Alongside the new platform, the TT also received an update styling language, a new interior, and a range of new and revised engines. As with previous generations, the standard TT was followed by a sportier TT S version and a high-performance TT RS model, as well as a handful of special-edition cars and even a race-spec Sport TT Cup variant. In 2016, Audi introduced a new limited-edition model, the TT S Line Competition, in Europe.
Much like previous special-edition TTs, such as the Nuvolari for instance, the S Line Competition comes with a number of unique features, extra standard equipment, and a special sticker that brings savings compared to regular models specced in a similar way. Available in both coupe and roadster versions, the S Line Competition gets a sportier exterior package that also includes a fixed rear wing, a unique upholstery inside the cabin, and a stiffer suspension setup.
The new limited-edition model will arrive in showrooms at the end of 2016, but it will only be offered in Europe. At least for the time being, as Audi has yet to say whether it will cross the pond to the U.S. at a later date.
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Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head Takes A Look At The Audi TTS And The Alfa Romeo 4C: Video
Head 2 Head’s Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman are good at their jobs even though they sometimes spend too much time cracking jokes and doing gimmicks that take away from what they do best: review cars. This episode of Head 2 Head contains more of the same but, to their credit, they found a way to keep the jokes down and focus on giving us an insightful episode centered on the new Audi TTS and the Alfa Romeo 4C, two of today’s most appealing compact sports cars, and how both cars stack up against each other.
The two are joined by resident test driver and acclaimed racer Randy Pobst and, together, all three dissect the pros and cons of both the TTS and the 4C, right down to the dramatic styling differences between the two cars. In that sense, Camissa and Liebermann are right. The Audi and the Alfa Romeo look nothing alike as both embody the stereotypes of German engineering and Italian flair, respectively. Once the chit-chat was done, the hosts proceeded to get to the important part of the episode. They put both the TTS and the 4C through the ringer in a series of challenges to determine which car scored higher in a specific task.
All told, it’s a very insightful episode, as is always the case with Head 2 Head. Cammisa and Liberman even behaved themselves, at least for the part. In any case, it wouldn’t be fair to reveal the verdict here because there’s a lot of information that the host poured over. Instead of spoiling, I invite everyone to just sit back and enjoy the 23-minute episode.
2016 - 2018 Audi TT
The Audi TT entered its “third generation” for the 2016 model year. Despite it being considering a new-gen model, it continues on it typical Audi fashion looking much like the model it succeeds. On the outside, it got a redesigned grille, new headlight and taillight lens layouts, slightly restyled side profile and slightly different fascias. On the inside, the cabin looks like it got more of a makeover than a redesign. The HVAC vents now sit higher; the infotainment display isn’t integrated into the center stack, and the car now comes standard with Audi’s virtual cockpit. Outside of this, there were minor nips and tucks here and there, but nothing extreme. Under the hood, European customers can find a 2.0-liter diesel or a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered engine. European-spec models range between 184 and 310 horsepower. U.S.-Spec customers only get the 2.0-liter gasoline unit that delivers either 220 horsepower in the standard TT or 292 horsepower in the TT-S.
All told, the interior is cleaner and more simplified than before, and the engines are new for this generation. Audi still has a bad habit of making new cars look a lot like old cars, but somehow it continues to work for the company, so to each their own, I guess. Its competition is very strong too, as its primary competitors are models like the rear-wheel-drive BMW 2 Series or the Nissan 370Z, both of which offer better power output in the right trim.
So, does the new Audi TT have what it takes to best brands like BMW and Nissan? Check out our full and detailed review below to decide for yourself.
Updated 05/16/2016: Audi announced prices for the 2017 TT, in both standard and S version, and announced a series of small updates for the compact sports coupe. Continue reading to learn more about what 2017 brings new to the lineup and how much the changes will cost you.
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2018 Audi TT-RS Roadster
In March of 2016 we were looking at the most recent spy shots of the upcoming Audi TT-RS Roadster, and with the kickoff of the Beijing Auto Show, we’re finally getting to see the car in the metal. The Roadster is a pretty big departure from its predecessor. Highlights include new styling up front, new Matric OLED lights available in the rear, a cockpit that is focused on the driver, and – more importantly – an updated 2.5-liter that promises to bring a 60-horsepower improvement over the previous model. The new TT-RS Roadster hits showrooms in Europe as early as fall of 2016 and will have a starting price of €69,200 – $77,873 at current exchange rates.
Originally, we expected to see the TT-RS Coupe debut at the New York Auto Show and the TT-RS Roadster to come later on at the Paris Auto Show in October. Audi threw us all for a loop, however, and decided to pull the sheet off both at the Beijing Auto Show. Since we’ve been itching to see the Roadster like there is no tomorrow, join me on a stroll down the page as we talk about the new TT-RS Roadster in detail. There are some exciting things to talk about, if you’re an Audi fan, that is.
Updated 04/25/2016: Audi unveiled the new TT RS at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
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2016 Audi TT-S 120th Anniversary Edition by ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline is 120 years old. It’s a little hard to comprehend given how old the auto industry is as a whole, but it’s all true. The German tuning firm traces its roots all the way back to 1896 when it was founded as Auto-Abt. The firm has evolved over the years with the current iteration – Abt Sportsline GmBH – only forming in 1991. Despite the rather jagged history, ABT Sportsline still harkens back to 1896 as the year it officially came to existence, hence the celebration of its 120th anniversary.
To commemorate this incredible occasion, ABT Sporstline is presenting three special edition programs for three of Audi’s most popular vehicles: the TT-S, Q3, and the T6 van. This space is dedicated to the TT-S, the sportiest and without question the most performance-oriented of the three models. Following its usual blueprint, ABT Sportsline gave the TT-S a comprehensive kit that underscores the car’s sporting characteristics. The kit has an aerodynamic kit made mostly of carbon fiber. It also a comprehensive engine upgrade that includes three different stages, each with varying levels of power increases. Oh, and it also has those aftermarket floor mats that are staples in any ABT tuning kit.
The only downside to this tuning kit is its limited number. The tuner says that only 40 units of the TT-S 120th Anniversary Edition will be built. Pricing numbers have yet to be announced, but given the limited and unique nature of these TT-S models, expect each of the 40 units to sell for a premium relative to the price of the standard model.
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The all-new Audi TTS represents a new styling direction for the firm’s beloved entry-level sports car. With a new look featuring the latest in Audi’s design philosophy, the TTS is certainly ripe for some aftermarket loving. The model was only launched in May 2015 and it didn’t take long for ABT Sportsline to jump in front of the line with one of the first tuning programs for the sports car.
The German tuner is famous for cooking up impressive programs for the Four Rings. Just recently, ABT Sportsline introduced a new kit for the Audi SQ5. It’s also done work on the Audi S8, S1, RS5, and naturally, the previous generation of the TTS.
Now that there’s a new TTS in town, ABT Sportsline went back to work, designing a new aerodynamic kit that’s well suited for the proportions of the sports car. The tuner also put in some time dressing up the interior and beefing up the sports car’s suspension. But, anybody who knows of ABT Sportsline’s work, knows that the real highlight of its programs is the engine modification. On that end, ABT didn’t disappoint with what it was able to bring out of the TTS’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
If anybody ever expected anything less out of ABT Sportsline, this program for the new Audi TTS would put all those doubts away.
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Already available in Europe, the third-generation Audi TT has yet to arrive in U.S. dealerships. And by the time the new coupe starts roaming North American streets later this year, Audi may have already launched the hot TT-RS version. The beefed-up compact just hit the streets for a new testing session, suggesting its debut is closer than ever.
How do I know this is the TT-RS and not the milder TTS as suggested by the prototype’s body details? Well, the spy photographers that took these shots managed to take a closer look at the brake calipers and reported each has an "RS" logo painted over. Moreover, a sticker on one of the rear dampers carried the same lettering. The third hint lies in the bigger brake discs, which you can see in the photos above and below. Nice try, Audi!
While the next TT-RS’ styling isn’t much of a mystery — look for a slightly more aggressive TTS with aero updates front and rear — the engine Audi is working on is. Most reports claim the souped-up coupe could get either the familiar 2.5-liter five-cylinder found in the RS3 or a heavily modified 2.0-liter turbo-four, likely similar to the one in the Golf R400. If I were to take a guess, I’d say Audi will keep the five-pot and simply upgrade it to deliver around 400 horsepower. That would be a significant improvement over the TT-RS Plus and its 355 horses.
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With Austria’s annual Worthersee car tuning show just around the corner, Audi unveiled the TT Clubsport Turbo Technology Concept, a study developed to showcase the company’s future turbocharging systems. Powered by an innovative turbo that uses electric power to produce more horsepower, the concept also showcases Audi’s ability to turn the sporty TT model into a full-fledged race car. Arguably more aggressive than the TT Cup introduced in 2014, the Clubsport Turbo Technology Concept is inspired by one of the company’s older race car and looks ready to hit the track for some impressive lap times.
Unfortunately, Audi doesn’t plan to put the concept car into production as whole. Instead, the Germans will further develop the turbo under the hood for road use and maybe use some of these aero updates in the development of the next TT Cup race car.
There’s no word when this new turbo technology will hit the streets, but Audi claims it is "close to production readiness," which could mean less than a couple of years. Keep reading to find out more.
Updated 05/13/2015: Audi unveiled a promo video for the new TT Clubsport Turbo concept. Enjoy!
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The Audi TT hit the market initially as a coupe in 1998, but a convertible model followed the next year. The original TT featured a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that laid down 180 horsepower. In 2001, a 225-horsepower TT quattro debuted, and a 250-horsepower version with a 3.2-liter V-6 arrived in 2004.
The model hit its second generation in 2006, and it featured a more aggressive body language and a weight loss of up to 200 pounds. With the second generation coming to a close, we are now starting to see the 2016 Audi TT make a slow debut around the globe. The European market will see the third-generation TT in time for the 2014 model year, but the U.S. may not see it until the 2016 model year. And the convertible version rolled out even later. On September 24, 2014, Audi finally unveiled the TT Roadster in time for its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Updated 05/06/2015: Audi announces U.S. prices for the new generation TT which will be put on sale later this summer. As expected, the Roadster version will be a little bit more expensive than the coupe, with prices starting from $46,400.
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Model year note: The TT Roadster is a 2015 model year in Germany, but for the U.S. it will be a 2016 model year.
The new Avengers movie (Age of Ultron) was released last week featuring a swarm of Marvel superheroes battling to save the planet. Audi was able to get in on the action by providing three of its latest models for cameo spotlights, with the TTS, A3 Cabriolet, and next-generation R8 all getting a bit of screen time alongside the formidable do-gooders. To help promote the film and its vehicles, the four-ring brand has released this short video, which shows its quickly moving two-door TTS, draped red, as well as additional shots from the movie.
Audi has enjoyed close ties with Marvel for quite some time now, with the R8 making its initial debut in the first Iron Man. Now, the second gen will complement Robert Downey Jr.’s character with its revamped V-10 engine and tweaked exterior styling.
“The character Tony Stark continues to evolve and represents a truly modern renaissance man – an industrialist, engineer and leader in his new world,” said Giovanni Perosino, Head of Marketing Communication at AUDI AG, in a press release. “It’s this type of innovator that carefully selects their cars and is exactly who would be driving the next generation Audi R8.”
In addition to the “Striking” video, Audi has released extra Avengers content at its website, which can be found at www.audi.com/MarvelsAvengers. There’s also a hilarious short with Marvel legend Stan Lee on Audi’s YouTube channel featuring Kevin Smith, Tara Reid, Michael Rooker, Jason Mewes, Lou Ferrigno, and an S8 sedan. Check it out here.
Less than a year away from its official reveal, the 2017 Audi TT RS is expected to really up the ante as far as power goes. According to the Aussies from Motoring, who recently chatted with some Audi sources, the next-generation TT RS will develop more than 400 horsepower, which would make it more powerful than both the 2012 TT RS Plus and the recently unveiled 2015 Audi RS3.
Don’t expect this amount of power to come without some mechanical hurdles though, as the General Manager of Quattro GmbH, Stephan Reil, says that turbocharged, five-cylinder engine in the RS3 and TT RS is already at the limit from some perspectives. "If you look at the performance curve, there are not many engines out there that can deliver this much torque (465Nm) at such a low (1,625) rpm," Reil said. "But to do that the car is at the limit of the speed of the turbocharger now. The turbocharger is a relatively small one, for reasons of throttle response, and the performance in the RS 3 is at the limit of the rpm the turbocharger wheels can do in production," he continued.
In other words, the new Audi TT RS will probably get a larger turbocharger, meaning that the increased power will go hand in hand with a bit more throttle lag. Usually, that goes with the territory, but if the model will switch to a lightning-fast, dual-clutch transmission exclusively, than the lag may appear less obvious.
Note: Standard Audi TT pictured here.
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Somewhat surprisingly, the third generation of the Audi TT has gotten off to a rough start in 2015, with the model receiving only four out of five stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests. Don’t cancel your order just yet though, because some clarification involving that result is forthcoming. The new TT is the first car tested by Euro NCAP following 2015 rating rules, which use either new or revamped test protocols and crash test dummies.
In short, the Audi model is the first victim of more stringent test procedures, so its lack of an autonomous emergency brake system is actually the main reason for its somewhat poor four-star overall safety rating. The 2015 Euro NCAP protocols have added a full-width rigid barrier frontal test to complement the frontal offset deformable test, and as an addition the new type of crash test involves a small female driver and a rear seat passenger.
Another peculiarity of the 2015 Audi TT crash test was the fact that Euro NCAP used a RHD model and took the initiative to test the model themselves. This comes after the new TT oddly went on sale in Europe without having a safety rating for the European market. To keep the controversy going, Euro NCAP used a 4-foot, 9-inch-tall female dummy in the rear, following its own protocols. Why is this strange? Well, Audi doesn’t recommend the use of the rear seats for persons taller than 4 feet 7 inches.
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When Audi delivered the 2015 TTS Competition Edition to my driveway, I wasted no time in hopping in for some immediate seat time. Eager to see what it was about this car that made me more excited than Jay Lenos’ audience used to be, my girlfriend came along with me for the first drive. After asking lots of questions about the TTS’ power, pricing, target customers etc., she asked me what we were going to do if it snowed. I explained that even though it had 19-inch rims, it had good winter tires on it and one of the best all-wheel-drive systems to boot, so we’d probably be Ok.
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It’s been only a few months since the first 2015 Lamborghini Huracans were shipped to their owners and the Gallardo’s successor has already made its first appearance on the drag strip. If you were anxious to find out what this entry-level supercar is capable of on the quarter-mile, I have the perfect video for you.
The Huracan you’re about to see above is bone stock and pitted against two vehicles that are less powerful on paper. The first one is a 997-generation 911 Turbo that had its engine tweaked to generate 600 horsepower, while the second one an Audi TT RS with 530 horsepower at its disposal. For reference, the stock Huracan’s 5.2-liter V-10 cranks out 610 ponies and 413 pound-feet of torque for a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 202 mph.
It’s all good for the Huracan on paper, but is it enough against a pair of highly modified cars specifically designed for the drag strip? I’m not going to spoil the video, so you’re going it to have to watch it to find out. Be prepared for an unexpected outcome though.
It’s hard to believe that the Audi TT has been around for 16 years. Back in 1998, the first-generation TT coupe arrived around the same time the Titanic soundtrack was at the top of the music charts. Jack and Rose have long since been etched in our memories but the TT is still alive and quite frankly, more popular than ever before. This brings us to September 2014 when Audi officially pulled the covers off of the third-generation TT Roadster at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It didn’t take long, two months in fact, for Audi to finally begin production of the all-new TT Roadster at the company’s factory in Győr, Hungary.
The ceremony, if you can even call it that, was attended by Audi AG chairman Rupert Stadler together with Hungary prime minister Viktor Orbán and Győr mayor Zsolt Borkai.
The significance of Audi’s Győr factory can’t be understated, now more than ever since the TT Roadster becomes the fourth production model to be built in the new factory, joining the A3 Sedan, the A3 Cabriolet, and the TT Coupe as proudly Hungarian made.
Audi commented at the 2014 Paris Motor Show that Germany was getting first dibs on the TT Roadster. As far as the U.S. is concerned, the 2016 Audi TT Roadster isn’t expected to arrive until the middle of 2015.
The good news is that the arrival of the TT Roadster will coincide with that of the more powerful TTS Roadster version. For now, we’re just excited that production of the car is up-and-running and the countdown to the car’s arrival in this side of the world has begun.
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The Audi TT’s history with motorsport began in 2000, two years after the first-generation coupe was introduced. The TT debuted in Germany’s DTM series (German Touring Car Championship) and spent no less than four years fighting against race-spec versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLK and the Opel Astra. The Audi TT met success for the first and only time in 2002, when Laurent Aiello clinched the driver’s championship. Audi, however, failed to win the constructor’s championship that year. During its lifetime, the TT was also raced in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge and the SCCA World Challenge race series. As we venture into the 2015 model year, Audi is launching yet another race program for the TT, this time in the form of a single-make series.
The new sport will run alongside the DTM championship starting 2015, with all competitors to drive the new Audi Sport TT Cup. The latter is essentially a beefed-up TT coupe boasting an aerodynamic body kit similar to the R8 LMS Ultra’s and a race-spec interior. The drivertrain, on the other hand, is sourced from the road-going TTS model in an attempt to reduce development and building costs. Read on for the full details on Audi’s brand-new, entry-level race car.
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All that talk about expanding the Audi TT range may have been more than just lip service. It’s certainly looking like Audi’s intentions for the TT are becoming clearer and clearer with the release of the third TT-based concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. The new concept, called the TT Sportback Concept, follows in the footsteps of the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept and the Offroad Concept, which made their debuts at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, respectively.
That makes three TT-based concepts to debut this year alone, adding even more credence to increasing sentiment that Audi’s planning to expand the TT line in the future. Sure, the TT is great, but it more of a great thing actually better??
Updated 10/01/2014: The new TT Sportback was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Check the official details after the jump.
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What happens when you combine rally heritage, diesel racing technology and a small sports car? If you ask Audi, it will tell you that sounds the perfect recipe for the new 2015 Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra.
Yes, I know it’s an obnoxiously long name, but there is a lot of important information in there. First off, the 2015 Audi TT portion lets us know that this is based on the latest and greatest version of Audi’s venerable coupe, the TT. The 2.0 TDI tells us it uses the latest Volkswagen family, common-rail, turbo-diesel engine. The Ultra is the most important part though. Audi has reserved that term for new versions of its cars that are ultra-efficient while still retaining the fun and excitement that the brand is known for.
Considering this little rocket will hit 60 mph in less than seven seconds, reach a top speed of 150 mph and still manage more than 50 mpg, I think Audi has succeeded in its mission. Is this new TT the Ultra choice for frugal fun? Read on to find out more and decide for yourself.
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Although the third-generation Audi TT has yet to arrive in dealerships — European deliveries are set to begin in December 2014, while U.S. customers won’t get it for the 2016 model year — the Germans have already developed a special-edition coupe. Dubbed Nuvolari, the model that precedes the commercial launch of the new TT over the pond pays tribute to an important figure in Audi’s history: Tazio Nuvolari.
Nuvolari is known as one of the greatest drivers in motorsport history. And for good reason, as the Italian-born ace has no less than 52 major racing victories to his name. His prodigious career spanned between 1924 and 1939, with a brief return from 1946 until 1950. He has driven various Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and Ferraris before switching to Auto Union, one of the most successful race car manufacturers of the 1930s. At the time, Auto Union incorporated four brands including Audi, which explains why Ingolstadt takes so much pride in Nuvolari.
Of course, the Audi TT is not in any way related to Tazio, but the TT Nuvolari Special Edition is a great way to stir emotions among classic motorsport enthusiasts. Especially in Italy, where this coupe will be launched on September 19th, 2014.
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Things are looking pretty serious for Audi’s future TT lineup. We’ve reported before about the possible expansion of the TT, making it into various vehicle configurations, but now word from Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s development chief, says a new TT body style is currently in development, though he stayed quiet regarding details. The news comes from the TT coupe’s recent launch in Marbella, Spain.
Audi has already released a concept of a TT iteration, the TT Offroad Concept. Back in April 2014 when the concept debuted, Hackenberg said it “provides an insight into how we might envisage a new model in the future TT family.”
This concept comes as Audi recognizes the growing market demand for higher-riding SUVs and crossover. In an interview with Automotive News market analyst Mark Fulthorpe of HIS Automotive said, “Many image- or fashion-conscious buyers are moving to the rapidly growing crossoversector as a means of expressing their taste.” This movement translates into Audi having to expand the TT lineup to include such vehicles in order to keep the TT Coupe and Roadster alive.
Perhaps the best example of this type of model expansion would be Mini Cooper. Its models all share the same basic structure as the conventional three-door hatchback. Mini now builds a five-door, wagon, coupe, convertible, roadster, and SUV versions of its original car.
Segmenting the market in this manner allows automakers to reach potential niche buyers while offsetting development and production costs. Audi would be smart to adopt the practice, at least for the upcoming 2015 TT and its potential family.
Note: Audi TT offroad concept pictured here.
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Audi has been testing quite a lot of cars at the Nürburgring track this year, including the TT coupe and its beefed-up iterations, the TTS and the TT-RS. Only the TT Roadster has been missing from the pack, but that ends now as the Germans have begun hooning the drop-top around the "Green Hell" as well. And we have solid proof thanks to our skilled paparazzi, who sent yet another batch of spy shots our way. The bad news is the TT Roadster is hidden underneath a thick layer of swirly camouflage, but at least now we know the vehicle’s development has reached the chassis and engine tuning stage.
Although the third-generation TT coupe was revealed earlier in 2014 and it’s already on sale in Europe, it will take a while longer until the Roadster breaks cover and reaches dealerships. It will likely debut in early 2015, but don’t expect to see it in North America before 2016, when the coupe version is set to cross the Pond. Be that as it may, we’re anxious to see that the fourth member of the TT family is already stretching its legs on the ’Ring.
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Now that the third-generation Audi TT — due 2016 in the United States — has been unveiled, the Germans are busy working on more powerful iterations of the small coupe. The TTS, which shares a 310-pony, 2.0-liter turbo with the Audi S3, is already underway with Nurburgring testing having commenced in May 2014. Now, Audi is upping the ante with the range-topping TT-RS model, which showed up on the "Green Hell" wearing a TTS disguise.
How can we tell this is a TT-RS mule and not the TTS we saw earlier in 2014? Well, that’s quite simple. The main clue is that the coupe’s exhaust note indicates the presence of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine under the hood. The super-powerful five-pot is reserved for vehicles such as the TT-RS and the RS3, while the Audi TTS, whose body was bolted onto the mule’s chassis, is motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger.
Yes, the next-generation TT-RS gets to keep its five-cylinder engine, but not without the mandatory upgrades that come with each new iteration. Expect output to increase to around 375 horsepower, 20 ponies more than the previous model, and 0-to-60 mph times to drop to four seconds, if not 3.9. Routing the power to all four wheels will be the same seven-speed, twin-clutch transmission. We figure fuel consumption will remain unchanged due to updated internals and a slightly lighter vehicle. The previous TT-RS returned 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, so expect to get the same deal.
Drivetrain aside, the TT-RS is also in for a redesigned body and interior, in line with the new-generation TT. The high-performance coupe will be unveiled by the of 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year. In the meantime, hit play to watch the TT-RS lap the Nurburgring track for the first time.
If you’re in the market for an Audi TTS this year, you need to settle for a current-generation model, as the next iteration, which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, won’t go on sale until 2015. And that’s because the Germans are still busy working on the all-wheel-drive sports car, trying to figure out the best possible setup for optimum performance and handling. Due to its sporty nature, the TTS also needs a bit of track tuning, which is why Audi brought it to the Nurburgring track earlier this month.
The wet conditions weren’t exactly ideal for course testing or for an official lap time attempt, but that didn’t stop the company’s engineers from dropping the hammer on the Nordschleife. And in spite of its quattro system, the TTS was quite tail happy on the wet asphalt, showing that you don’t actually need rear-wheel-drive car to have some fun.
As a brief reminder, the upcoming Audi TTS sports a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, similar to the one found in the S3. Rated at 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the unit produces 40 horses more compared to the current mill, and enables to vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
Audi’s latest remake of the TT Coupe and Roadster could potentially pave the way for an entire family of TT-based cars, including the Offroad concept seen at the Beijing Motor Show.
In an interview with Autocar, Audi boss man Rupert Stadler mentioned some fairly revealing information regarding the idea. “The TT can be a family,” Stadler said. “This concept shows that we can do it as long as the genetic code is kept.” This sort of ‘genetic code’ of sorts is what makes the TT unique, including the wheels arches, unique side windows, the exterior lighting, and the interior themes.
What this means for Audi, and more specifically for the TT, is a series of cars all based on the same platform, but with different seating configurations, number of doors, and possibly several powertrain options. It seems the sky is the limit for the TT except for the one design direction that Stadler specifically shot down: a bigger sedan. “The TT should be an icon and that icon has to be respected and that means a compact car that sporty to drive.
Still, that leaves options like a three-door hatch, a two-door shooting brake, the Offroad concept (pictured above), or a smaller four-door compact sedan like the one Audi Technical Chief Ulrich Hackenberg hinted at last month. This sort of sedan would compete nicely with the hot-selling Mercedes CLA and BMW M235i. However, it does seem this sort of compact sedan might cannibalize Audi sales elsewhere in its lineup, namely the A3. Perhaps Audi will include enough differentiation to separate the cars in terms of performance, intended function, and targeted audience to make production of both make sense.
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Audi is coming to the Beijing Motor Show later this month with what looks to be an all-new crossover concept that could serve as a preview of the future Q4 crossover, or it could be a preview of an expanded TT lineup. Rumors of this Audi crossover have been circulating for years, and if you take a good look at these photos, it does bear a striking similarity to the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept that we first saw in Detroit last January.
If there’s any legs to rumors that Audi is planning to turn the TT into its own sub-brand, then you can see why the company is releasing all these TT-inspired concepts recently. It’s probably testing the market to see what the reception is going to be for a new sub-brand bearing the "TT" name.
On the flip side, there’s also that matter of expanding an already-established family under Audi’s roof: the Q SUVs. At one point or another, the TT Offroad Concept was linked as a potential future glimpse at an Audi Q4, the newest model to come out of the Q line, and one that would be slotted in just below the big boy Q5 and Q7 SUVs and just a hair above the Q3.
What’s become apparently clear is that the Audi TT Offroad Concept will play a big role in dictating Audi’s future lineup. It’s not just because of the new technology it has that can be adopted on other models, but more so on how Audi decides to use the concept relative to the rest of its existing lineup.
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Next year will mark a milestone for on of Audi’s key models, as the TT sports car will celebrate 20 years since it debuted as a concept in 1995. It’s hard to believe that the TT is that old, but it’s also a testament to how well-received the model has been since series production began back in 1998.
In that time, the TT has become one of Audi’s most popular models, having been used in a multitude of functions geared towards racing development and, yes, even autonomous driving.
With the arrival of the third-generation TT, the German sports car takes that next evolutionary step that adds another chapter to the car’s growing legacy. Truth be told, there is something to the belief that when legendary design meets superior technology, as the video says, legends are born.
No more is that statement any truer than with the Audi TT, a car that represents everything Audi stands for.
Everyone expected the all-new Audi TT to arrive in its usual coupe and roadster body styles for 2016. Some even entertain the idea of Audi building a shooting brake version of the car — something like the Audi Allroad concept pointed to. But no one seemed to anticipate Audi’s next potential direction for the TT — a four-door coupe-like family sedan.
According to Audi Technical Chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker is “looking to see if there is more we can do [with the TT],” he says. “[The company] is working on future derivatives of the TT. Could the TT be extended as a family car?” If you have a look above at our rendering, it is really not too bad looking.
It’s well known that Audi is planning a massive expansion of its product lineup, increasing from the current 49 models to 60 in the not-so-distant future. Creating a TT derivative makes sense from a planning perspective, at least. While the new TT will likely be a hit, the TT’s sales haven’t exactly been stellar in recent history, selling only 18,353 units in 2013.
What is selling, however, are premium compact cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA, rising 24 percent in Europe last year according to JATO Dynamics. Stretching and adding two extra doors to the TT would instantly create a CLA-fighter and help offset development costs for the TT coupe and roadster. Both cars would target the same ‘affluent under-40s’ crowd.
Perhaps the biggest question Audi will have to answer is how a four-door TT affects sales of the newly refreshed A3 sedan — a car that essentially already fills the compact luxury family sedan niche. Like the CLA in relation to the C-Class, Audi could produce similar products with unique personalities designed for sales in highly specific market categories.
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With the last year of the second generation TT upon us, we’re taking one last look at the car before it drives off into the golden sunset of classic car history. While it still looks similar to the original TT, the 2015 car is a lot sportier and more contemporary looking, while yet beginning to show its age. A little grey around the edges plays well for the masculine Hollywood types, right?
When Audi introduced the TT back in 2000, the car was a great addition to its lineup, as it helped reinforce the brand’s upward movement into the premium performance segment it currently enjoys. Audi let the car soldier on unchanged until the much-needed refresh of 2006 as the TT’s second generation rolled off the assembly line.
Now, as the 2016 third generation looms above, the outgoing car is left with a simple update to bookend its production. The S line plus carbon package adds what Audi calls “5-arm Dynamic design” wheels, unique yellow or grey exterior colors, and a fixed rear spoiler. Inside, the package adds Baseball Optic leather seats with Imola Yellow accents and contrasting stitching.
Power remains unchanged for its send-off, with both TT and TTS models getting the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four backed by Audi’s DSG transmission. As always, the TTS models get a modest power increase and slightly sportier suspension setting. In top-dog trim, the TTS makes 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet or torque that is capable of launching the TTS Coupe to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
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With the reveal of the new Audi TT today, there was very little shock and surprise. The car was exactly what everyone expected. A gentle exterior refinement, more powerful and efficient engines, and restyled interior are all par for the course.
And then Audi goes and blows the lid off our brains with the TT Quattro Sport Concept.
The Quattro Sport Concept is basically the most hardcore TT that Audi could possibly produce. It is fitted with an aggressive body kit with requisite massive wing, Quattro AWD and 420 horsepower. Audi says the Sport Quattro Concept would hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. That is one-tenth quicker than the V10 Audi R8.
The whole car is built of lightweight materials and space-age components. Much of the suspension is aluminum, carbon composites help make up some of the body work and the interior has been stripped of all but the necessities.
The hottest Audi TT from the last generation was the limited-run TT RS. This looks to even beat that machine into the ground.
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Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.
While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.
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