The infotainment system in the new TT RS is state of the art. Its menu structures are oriented on those of the latest smartphones. Hierarchies are flat; frequently used services can be reached in just a few steps. Drivers can control all important functions without having to take their hands off the steering wheel – just like in a race car. In addition to the multifunction buttons for telephone, navigation, media and the voice control system, the standard RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles is also equipped with two large satellite controls. They are used to turn the engine on and off and to set the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
The standard MMI radio is operated in the classic manner via the round rotary pushbutton on the center console. In combination with the connectivity package or the MMI navigation plus, its surface includes the touch-sensitive MMI touch.
The touchpad is used for entering characters and multifinger gestures. Drivers can scroll and zoom just like with their mobile phones. The toggle switches for the most important basic menus Navigation/Map, Phone, Radio and Media are located above the rotary pushbutton. The main menu button and back button are located centrally beneath the touchwheel. The buttons to the left and right of it open intelligently linked function and context menus.
Free text input: MMI search
MMI search suggests answers after just a few letters have been entered, taking into consideration the location of the car. When searching for a place to eat, for instance, the driver only has to enter the name of the restaurant and the first letters of the city and a list of hits appears – anywhere in Europe and with the addresses. Searching for songs, albums and radio stations works similarly.
“Where can I get gas?”: natural language voice control
This is augmented by a natural language voice control system that understands questions and commands in everyday language. Saying “I want to talk to Peter Mueller” or “Connect me with Peter Mueller” is now sufficient to call a contact. The navigation system responds to questions such as “Where can I get gas?” or “Where is the next rest stop?” Voice commands can even be used to play music files and select radio stations. In the Roadster, the microphones of the hands-free system are integrated into the seat belts. This ensures high audio quality, even with the top open.
Tack sharp: Audi virtual cockpit with RS-specific display
The Audi virtual cockpit is used for all displays in the TT RS. The 12.3-inch TFT monitor has a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels and presents all information in detailed, elaborately rendered graphics. The virtual dial instruments, for example, are refreshed 60 times per second so that the motion of the needles is absolutely fluid, even under full acceleration.
Drivers can switch between three modes using the “View” button on the multifunction steering wheel. The classic view highlights the speedometer and tachometer. In Infotainment mode, the dial instruments are smaller. The focus is on the navigation map and lists from the Telephone, Radio and Media areas. On the RS screen, the tachometer with integrated speed display dominates. The other displays, such as torque, output, tire pressure and
g-forces, can be configured around this. The tachometer also serves as shift indicator. If the seven-speed S tronic is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments are activated sequentially as revs increase. Just before the engine reaches the limit, the entire scale flashes red.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.