New-gen Audi TT still turns heads

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

■ When Peter Schreyer and his de­sign team at Audi came up with the TT in the mid-1990s, it turned the com­pact sports car seg­ment on its head. The hel­met-shaped two-door coupe was soon touted as be­ing in line for clas­sic sta­tus, hon­our­ing the orig­i­nal Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle, even the Toy­ota Tarago “egg”.

The third-gen­er­a­tion TT, which landed in Aus­tralia re­cently, is no dif­fer­ent. It still stands out in a crowd, ar­guably more so than the gen-two, which was a bit generic in its shape.

Im­por­tantly, weight has been shed. The skin of the new TT is alu­minium, in­clud­ing the front guards, roof, bon­net, doors and rear hatch.

The mid-range 2.0 TFSI Sport qu­at­tro S tronic, at $77,950 pro­vided, was our test car, which with ex­tras was priced at $84,050.

The new TT does hark back to the orig­i­nal de­sign. The fuel flap on the shoul­der sports the char­ac­ter­is­tic TT de­sign with em­bossed TT logo. Six bolts con­nect the ring of the fuel flap to the body. This time around there is no fuel cap un­der the cover, rather the cap is built into the flap. The fuel noz­zle is in­serted di­rectly into the tank neck in race car fash­ion.

The two large, round, chrometipped tailpipes are closely spaced, just like the first Audi TT. The same is true of the rounded rear win­dow, the tail lights in­te­grated into the body and the three-di­men­sional logo.

Fo­cus of the cabin is the wing­like in­stru­ment panel which is an­gled to­wards the driver. Char­ac­ter­is­tic TT round air vents in­cor­po­rates all air-con­di­tion­ing con­trols on their axes and also dis­plays the set­tings.

The ab­sence of the tra­di­tional air-con­di­tion­ing con­trol unit frees up space for an ex­pan­sive Audi vir­tual cock­pit, com­bin­ing the in­stru­ment clus­ter and MMI mon­i­tor into a dig­i­tal unit. Cen­tral to the Audi vir­tual cock­pit is a 12.3-inch wide, high-res­o­lu­tion dis­play pro­duc­ing high-con­trast im­ages.

The driver can switch be­tween two in­ter­faces us­ing the view but­ton on the mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel. In pro­gres­sive mode, a cen­tral win­dow of­fers a big view of nav­i­ga­tion map or for lists in the phone, ra­dio and au­dio ar­eas.

The tachome­ter and speedome­ter are dis­played as small dial in­stru­ments on the right and left.

The cen­tre of the ter­mi­nal con­tin­ues to be the round ro­tary push­but­ton. Its sur­face is equipped with the touch-sen­si­tive MMI touch. The touch­pad is used to in­put char­ac­ters and now also pro­cesses fin­ger ges­tures.

Stan­dard in the new coupe is the sec­ondary col­li­sion brake as­sist, which is ac­ti­vated in the event of an ac­ci­dent. It can pre­vent the car from con­tin­u­ing to roll in an un­con­trolled man­ner, and it ac­ti­vates the car’s in­te­rior light­ing and haz­ard warn­ing sys­tem.

Another stan­dard fea­ture is the rest rec­om­men­da­tion, which lets the driver know when they are start­ing to get fa­tigued.

New Audi TT is pow­ered by a 2.0litre TFSI four-cylin­der en­gine, putting out 169kW and 370Nm with forced in­duc­tion re­plac­ing dis­place­ment. It has di­rect in­jec­tion and stop-start en­gine tech­nol­ogy to min­imise fuel use and emis­sions. The en­gine com­plies with the Euro 6 emis­sion stan­dards.

With the six-speed S tronic and qu­at­tro all-wheel-drive, zero to 100km/h comes up in just 5.3 sec­onds, with fuel con­sump­tion a claimed 6.4 litres/100km in the com­bined ur­ban/high­way cy­cle, and emis­sions of 149g of CO2 per km.

The TT marks the first time the all-wheel drive sys­tem has been in­te­grated into the Audi drive se­lect sys­tem, where it con­sid­ers steer­ing an­gle while at the same time ori­ent­ing on the op­er­a­tion of drive se­lect and the elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion con­trol.

From an ea­ger an­tic­i­pa­tory ini­tial sight­ing to a fond farewell, the test Audi TT of­fered a pleas­ing, if self­ish, driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Audi has just in­tro­duced a 1.8litre TFSI en­gine de­vel­op­ing 132kW to its TT range in Europe. It is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for Aus­tralia.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The new Audi TT stays true to its de­sign tra­di­tions, while tak­ing on the latest tech­nol­ogy.

The in­te­rior is ex­pan­sive.

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