Audi designers and engineers have risen to the unenviable challenge of enhancing the celebrated TT for the 2011 Model Year, creating a new generation model that combines measured yet distinct styling refinements with efficiency boosting technology.
A ground breaker in the sports car sector, the TT 2.0 TDI continues to set the efficiency standard, covering up to 53.3mpg according to the combined cycle test, which corresponds to only 139 grams of CO2/km. With 168bhp and 258lb ft of torque – the latter available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm – the high-tech common rail injection engine powers the TT to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and on to 140mph. The 2.0-litre TDI is mated to a manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The quattro configuration provides substantially greater stability, traction and driving enjoyment, and is another unique selling point of the Audi TT in its class.
The much praised formula for an excellent compromise between comfort and handling agility in the TT – McPherson struts at the front and four-link trailing arms at the rear – continues as before. The Audi magnetic ride shock absorber system that offers even greater poise for TT models as an optional extra, has, however, undergone some additional development work. ‘Normal’ mode now offers an even more finely judged balance between ride refinement and handling composure, and when the ‘Sport’ mode is selected an even tauter and more focused handling bias is elicited.
Another new development that will please sporting drivers can also be incorporated at extra cost in conjunction with Audi magnetic ride. The Sport button, which has been a standard feature of the TT RS since launch and now becomes available as an option for all other models, allows the driver to alter the throttle pedal response (in manual versions), the degree of servo boost provided by the electromechanical steering and the engine note.
Subtle enhancements inside and out
Combining aluminium and steel content in a 58 per cent to 42 per cent ratio that favours optimal weight distribution, the ‘standard’ version of the lightweight TT ‘hybrid’ body now subtly incorporates a more striking front bumper design with deeper air intakes based on the look that was previously reserved for S line versions. New alloy wheel designs raise the profile view, and at the rear a diffuser inset into the rear bumper and also adopted from S line versions adds even more sporting emphasis. 2011 Model Year TT models will also be more distinct thanks to five new metallic and pearl effect paint options.
S line models adopt an even more resolutely sporting stance than before through a bumper and grille treatment which closely resembles the look of the TTS in its familiar current form, and which is further enhanced by standard xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Notable features also include deeper TTS-style side sills and a new platinum grey diffuser at the rear.
Widely regarded as the benchmark for quality of finish, the interior features new aluminium-look applications for the steering wheel, the centre console and the door liner, and a new high gloss finish for switches, panel surfaces and air vent inner sections. The aluminium strip above the glove box door is now brushed grey. There are three new interior colours from which to choose – nougat brown, titanium grey and garnet red.
The specification range in the UK has also been simplified. All versions of the Coupe and Roadster begin at Sport level and can be upgraded to S line.
Another key efficiency boosting measure can also be found in the cockpit, where a new efficiency program within the onboard computer displays all consumption-related data on the central display, and gives the driver tips for efficient driving. A gear-change indicator also indicates the optimal gear for fuel-efficient driving, while another function provides information on which vehicle systems, such as the climate control system, are consuming energy and how that affects fuel consumption.