Audi TT refreshed
9th April, 2010
Dynamic design, enthralling performance and exemplary
efficiency – the Audi TT Coupe and the TT Roadster are now more attractive than ever. The design of
the light weight bodies made primarily of aluminium and the interior have been revised with great
attention to detail, while new technologies lower the fuel consumption of the compact sports car.
New to the line-up is a powerful and highly efficient four cylinder: The 2.0 TFSI develops 155 kW
(211 hp), but is content with an average fuel consumption of just 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres
(35.64 US mpg).
The second generation TT Coupe and the TT Roadster have made a name for themselves as design
icons, similar to their predecessors. A broad foundation, powerful 'shoulders' and a flat
roof-line – the two compact sports cars have fascinating styling. Their dynamic appearance is now
even more expressive than ever.
The most obvious feature at the front of the car is the powerful bumper, which frames the larger
air inlets with three-dimensional, sharply drawn out edges. The fog lights are set in chrome rings.
Also sporting a new look are the lattice of the single-frame grille in high-gloss black and the
optional xenon plus headlights. Twelve white LEDs arranged in a straight line at the lower edge
of the headlights serve as the daytime running lights. These together with the wings in the
headlight body are classic Audi design features.
The tubular, apparently floating reflectors of the tail lights add visual depth to the rear-end
of the car. The large tailpipes of the exhaust system – the 2.0 TFSI features a dual exhaust – and
the larger, flat black diffuser set additional accents. A spoiler that extends at 120 km/h (74.56
mph) improves down force.
The upgrades to the TT Coupe and the TT Roadster have added two centimetres (0.79 in) to the
cars, which now measure 4,187 millimetres (13.74 ft) in length. The width of 1,842 millimetres
(6.04 ft) and the height of 1,352 millimetres (4.44 ft) and 1,357 millimetres (4.45 ft) for the
Coupe and Roadster, respectively, remain unchanged. The wheelbase measures 2,468 millimetres (8.10
ft). Four new metallic colours have been added to the TT colour range: Scuba Blue, Oolong Gray,
Dakota Grey and Volcano Red. Daytona Grey, pearl effect is also available with the S line
A key factor for the groundbreaking efficiency and excellent driving dynamics of the TT is the
body, which features hybrid Audi Space Frame technology (ASF). Light weight aluminium is used at
the front of the car back to the B-pillar, with steel panels used at the rear. This mix enabled
the development engineers to balance the axial loads perfectly and keep the total weight extremely
low – prime parameters for dynamic performance.
The TT 1.8 TFSI weighs a mere 1,240 kg (2,733.73 lb), a good 100 kilogrammes (220.46 lbs) less
than its closest competitor. The body of the Coupes weighs only 206 kilogrammes (454.15 lb), which
breaks down to 140 kilogrammes (308.65 lb) of aluminium (68 per cent) and 66 kilogrammes (145.51
lb) of steel (32 per cent). The specific reinforcements in the TT Roadster – steel bulkhead,
strongly ribbed sills, A-pillar and windshield frame – result in a 58 to 42 per cent split of the
The ASF bodies of the TT are not only extremely light weight, they are also very strong and
low-vibration, providing the foundation for sporty and precise handling, the quiet ride and the
high passive safety. A package of finely tuned retention systems protects the passengers in the
event of a crash. The classic cloth top of the TT Roadster is a perfect complement to Audi’s
light weight construction principle. It contributes to a low centre of gravity, fits ideally
into the design line and takes up little space when folded.
Audi offers the soft-top in two variants. The manual version features a central latch for
opening and closing the top. An electrohydraulic drive opens the optional fully-automatic top in
just 12 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). An additional acoustic
mat further improves the already excellent acoustics and thermal insulation.
The interior of the Audi TT features a sporty design, dynamic elegance and generous amounts
of space. The standard sport seats are mounted low and offer a high level of lateral support.
The steering wheel is flattened at the bottom. The five round air vents and the arched cowl over
the round-dial instruments exude the spirit characteristic of the TT. The ergonomics are logical
and the fit and finish is uncompromisingly precise – just like always with Audi. When the
ignition is turned, the dials of the speedometer and tachometer briefly run up to the limit
before returning to zero.
The designers have added additional gloss to the fine interior. New aluminium-look
applications shine on the steering wheel, the centre console and in the door liner. Elegant
accents are provided by rings, frames and strips in high-gloss black. 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 leather seat covers are specially treated to
reduce thermal heating by as much as 20 degrees Celsius (68° F) when the TT is parked in the sun.
The TT Coupe and the TT Roadster are sports cars with a high degree of everyday utility. The backs
of both rear seats fold down in the 2+2-seater Coupé, expanding the boot space beneath the long lid
from 292 to 700 litres (10.31 – 24.72 cubic ft). The Roadster, which offers 250 litres (8.83 cubic ft)
of storage space whether the top is up or down, can also be supplied with the option of a
Three four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection are available for both
the TT Coupe and the TT Roadster. The two TFSI petrol engines and the TDI combine sporty performance
with groundbreaking efficiency – their fuel consumption figures have been reduced by up to 14 per
cent. All three engines are coupled with a recuperation system that recovers energy during braking
and coasting phases.
New to the line-up is the 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp), which replaces the 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW
(200 hp) and the 3.2. With a manual transmission, the two litre engine accelerates the Coupe from
zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 245 km/h (152.24 mph). Audi
also offers the 2.0 TFSI with an optional drivetrain featuring the six-speed S tronic and quattro
permanent all-wheel drive. The spring from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes only 5.6 seconds in
The Audi valvelift system AVS in the new 2.0 TFSI increases power, torque and efficiency.
Equipped with a manual transmission, the TT 2.0 TFSI consumes only 6.6 litres of fuel per 100 km
(35.64 US mpg) in the European test cycle. CO2 emissions are an exemplary 154 grammes/km (247.84
g/mile). The best value posted by a competitor is 199 g/km (320.26 g/mile). Fuel consumption has
improved by 1.1 litres/100 km over the previous model.
The 2.0 TFSI is a winner par excellence, having been named “Engine of the Year” five years in a
row by an international jury. Its technology package combines high output with impressive pulling
power. A constant 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque are available between 1,600 and 4,200 rpm. The
long-stroke engine, which is extremely cultivated thanks to two balance shafts, has been painstakingly
optimised for minimal friction.
The Audi valvelift system adjusts the lift of the exhaust valves in two stages depending on need.
This reduces flushing losses in the combustion chamber and also ensures that the optimal flow of the
exhaust gas is directed to the turbocharger, which in turn ensures that torque is developed quickly.
The combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection also reduces the combustion chamber
temperatures and the resulting tendency to knock. This allows a high compression ratio of 9.6:1, which
The Audi TT engine line-up includes two other four cylinder engines besides the new 2.0 TFSI. The 1.8
TFSI, available with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, delivers 118 kW (160 hp) and
250 Nm of torque (184.39 lb-ft), the latter between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. It launches the Coupe from a
standing start to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, with a top speed of 226 km/h (140.43 mph). It consumes just
6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km (36.75 US mpg) on average, which corresponds to only 149 grammes of CO2/km
The TT 2.0 TDI remains the only sports car with a diesel engine in its segment, and its efficiency
clearly sets the standard. The TT Coupe consumes just 5.3 litres of fuel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg),
which corresponds to only 139 grammes of CO2/km (223.70 g/mile). With 125 kW (170 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15
lb-ft) of torque – the latter available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm – the standard sprint takes 7.5
seconds and acceleration continues until a top speed of 226 km/h (140.43 mph) is reached. The two litre
TDI is matched to a manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
A precisely shifting six-speed manual transmission transfers power to the wheels regardless of the
engine. Audi also offers the S tronic dual clutch transmission as an option for the new 2.0 TFSI. This
transmission switches between its six gears with virtually no interruption to the supply of power. The
high-tech gearbox shifts extremely quickly and comfortably, either fully automatically or manually as the
driver desires. Manual shifts can be made using the optional paddles on the steering wheel.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is available as an option for the 2.0 TFSI with the S
tronic; it comes standard with the 2.0 TDI. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch, which is mounted on the
rear axle in the interest of weight distribution, is electronically controlled. During normal driving,
it sends most of the engine’s power to the front wheels, but can quickly transfer up to 100 per cent to
the rear wheels, if necessary.
The quattro drive provides substantially greater stability, traction and driving enjoyment, and is
another unique selling point of the Audi TT in its class.
The front suspension features McPherson struts, with aluminium components used to keep the weight of the
unsprung masses low. The power steering is direct, sensitive and thanks to its electromechanical drive,
highly efficient. The trailing arms of the four-link rear suspension are relatively soft in the interest of
comfort. The connections to the three transverse links per wheel, on the other hand, are rigid in order to
direct lateral forces into the body with precision.
Available as an option with all variants of the TT is the electronically controlled Audi magnetic ride
shock absorber system, another high-tech feature that underscores the unique character of the compact
sports car. A fluid containing tiny magnetic particles circulates through the dampers. When a voltage is
applied to the magnetic field, the behaviour of the particles changes and thus the damping
behaviour of the
fluid changes. A computer fed with input from a bundle of sensors controls the adaptive damping.
The driver can choose between two base characteristics, which are now even more clearly differentiated.
In “Normal” mode, the movements of the TT Coupe and the TT Roadster are balanced – equally agile and
comfortable. In “Sport” mode, high damping forces largely suppress body roll. The TT is tautly connected
to the road, and its set-up is highly dynamic.
Another option is available in addition to Audi magnetic ride – the Sport button. The driver can use it
to adjust the characteristic of the accelerator (with manual transmissions), the amount of servo boost for
the steering and the engine sound in two stages.
The range of wheels has also been reworked, and now features 14 variants. The TT 1.8 TFSI, the 2.0 TDI
and the 2.0 TFSI roll-off the assembly line on 17 inch aluminium wheels with 245/55 tyres.
Winter wheels are available in three sizes; the range of summer wheels extends all the way up to 9 J x
19 with 255/35 tyres. Mounted behind the large wheels are powerful brakes with large-diameter discs. The
front discs are internally ventilated.
Equipment and trim
All versions of the TT Coupe and TT Roadster come with a rich array of standard equipment. Among the
highlights are the “chorus” audio system, a driver information system and – in the TT Coupe – an automatic
climate control system. Two navigation systems, a universal cellular telephone preparation and the sonorous
Bose Surround Sound system are available as options. The optional xenon plus headlights can be combined
with a cornering light function.
The onboard computer with efficiency programme comes standard in the TT. It displays all of the
consumption-relevant data on the central display, and gives the driver tips for efficient driving. The
gear change indicator indicates the proper gear. Another function provides information on which vehicle
systems, such as the climate control system, are consuming energy and how that effects fuel consumption.
Customising enthusiasts will find a rich selection available in Colour and Trim. It begins with the
optional leather upholstery and includes four leather packages, an application package and two S line
packages. The S line exterior package focuses on design modifications in the area of the bumpers, the air
inlets and the diffuser.
The S line sport package features a black interior with many fine details in such places as the steering
wheel, the seat covers and the applications. Eighteen inch wheels and body lowered by 10 millimetres (0.39 in)
make the handling even more dynamic.
The updated TT Coupe and the TT Roadster will debut on the German market mid-year. An Australian release is
expected in late 2010.
The Audi TTS and the Audi TT RS
The Audi TTS, both in Coupe and Roadster body styles, combine enthralling sportiness with cultivated comfort.
Its two litre TFSI with the large turbocharger and many additional modifications pumps out 200 kW (272 hp) and
350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, the latter from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. It accelerates the TTS Coupe with the
optional S tronic from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.2 seconds, up to a governed top speed of 250 km/h
(155.34 mph). With the S tronic, the Coupé consumes an average of only 7.7 litres of fuel per 100 km (30.55 US
The Audi TTS comes standard with the magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber technology, the Sport button and
a high-performance brake system. Visual cues to its identity are provided by the 18 inch wheels with 245/40
tyres and a new grille combined with chrome air inlets. A new colour combination – spectral silver/black – is
available for the interior.
The dynamic spearhead of the TT model series is the TT RS, which is likewise available as a Coupe or a
Roadster. Its turbocharged, in-line 5 cylinder engine draws 250 kW (340 hp) of power from 2.5
displacement. Four hundred and fifty Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque are available between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm. It
nevertheless averages just 9.2 litres of fuel per 100 km (25.57 US mpg).
The TT RS Coupe rockets from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 4.6 seconds; quattro GmbH will raise the top
speed from 250 to 280 km/h (155.34 to 173.98 mph) upon request. A sound flap in the exhaust system further
intensifies the distinctive five-cylinder sound. A manual six-speed transmission with a sportily narrow gearing
currently delivers the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Starting mid-year, Audi will also offer
the option of the TT RS with a newly developed version of the S tronic that can handle the tremendous torque of
the powerful five-cylinder engine. The compact layout of the seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission makes it
suitable for transverse mounting in combination with the quattro all-wheel drive system.
The TT RS Coupe with the S tronic launches itself from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.4 seconds. The TT RS
Roadster requires 0.1 seconds more for this discipline – a 'bat of an eye' less than with the manual transmission.
Distinctive design details, 18-inch wheels and an extremely powerful brake system are standard with the TT RS.
Australian model line-up, specifications and prices will be announced in due course.