The new Audi TT comes across as more masculine, more progressive and sportier than ever before. Powerful horizontals at the front radiate confidence. The hexagonal Singleframe grille is very wide and flat – similar to the Audi R8 high-performance sports car. Even in the basic version, the large side air inlets underscore the width. The honeycomb pattern on the newly designed three-dimensional radiator grille now exhibits a play of light and shadow.
When viewed from the side, many details of the new Audi TT are reminiscent of the first-generation of the classic. The sculpted sill contour, also known as the dynamic line, together with the door forms a thick light-refracting edge; the rear corners of the door are gently rounded. The wide wheel arches form distinct geometric bodies that appear to be superimposed. The front wheel arch intersects the hood join. The join resumes above the door as the shoulder line and runs nearly horizontally to the rear, where it transitions elegantly into the tail light. The door handles are designed as thick stirrups; the side mirrors with the LED blinkers are mounted on the body’s shoulder. No cap lies underneath the tank flap in the classic TT design; the driver can insert the gas pump nozzle directly into the port – a typical sports car feature.
Horizontal lines also underscore the width of the new Audi TT at the rear. At 120 km/h (74.6 mph), an electrically powered spoiler extends from the luggage compartment cover. At 250 km/h (155.3 mph), it generates roughly 50 kilograms (110.2 lb) of downforce on the rear axle. The spoiler retracts again when the speed falls below 80 km/h (49.7 mph).
The two large, round exhaust tailpipes on the left and right with their chrome-plated trims terminate in a dual branch exhaust system. They recall the first Audi TT – as do the slightly rounded rear window, the single-part rear lights seamlessly set into the body and the three-dimensional TT logo.
The optional S line exterior package underscores the sporty character of the Audi TT even more. It includes a full-length front splitter, vertical air inlets, a radiator grille in titanium black and specific side sills with inserts as well as a sporty rear end. Added is a wider diffuser and vertical air inlets below the rear lights with three horizontal fins each.
Visual highlight: the headlight design
The flat headlights of the Audi TT fit nicely into the front design and give the sports car an energetic look. Audi installs xenon plus units as standard. Their LED daytime running lights form a homogeneous arc at the upper edges of the headlights.
LED headlights or Matrix LED headlights are available as optional equipment. Their daytime running lights present a distinctive signature: the light is emitted across three fins that subdivide the headlights like a grille. The turn signal strip is located at the lower edge of the headlights. The LED headlights include the cornering, all-weather and highway lights. The Matrix LED headlights come with the intelligent cornering lights as a further feature, created by a shift in the light center position. The control unit works together with the optional MMI navigation plus and uses the navigation data to illuminate the curve shortly before the steering wheel is turned.
The tail lights, which feature LED technology as standard, echo the design of the headlights. The dynamic turn signals are a visual highlight here. The third brake light – a subtle strip on the edge of the luggage compartment cover – ties together the light silhouette at the rear.
Short overhangs: the body
The TT Coupé and the TT Roadster are each 4.19 meters (13.7 ft) in length. Both body variants have short overhangs; their wheelbase measures 2.51 meters (8.2 ft). The Audi TT Coupé 40 TFSI (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.3 – 6.0* (37.3 – 39.2 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 145 – 137* (233.4 – 220.5 g/mi)) with manual transmission and front-wheel drive has a curb weight (without driver) of only 1,285 kilograms (2,832.9 lb) – a best value in the segment.
The complete outer skin of the TT is aluminum – front fenders, side sections, roof, engine hood, doors and tailgate. The last two components alone save a total of 15.5 kilograms (34.2 lb) over steel. Altogether, the body of the Coupé with all add-on parts weighs 276 kilograms (608.5 lb).
The right material in the right quantity in the right place for optimal functioning – in keeping with this principle, the new TT has a body with an intelligent composite material construction. The front end and the floor group consist of high-strength and ultra-strength steel components, and the body of die-cast semi-finished aluminum, extruded sections and sheet metal.
All exterior details of the new TT have been precisely tuned to the aerodynamic requirements. With a drag coefficient (Cd) value starting at 0.29 (with optional fixed upright spoiler), the TT Coupé achieves the best result in its segment.
Personal selection: the range of paint finishes
Three new exterior colors complete the range of paint finishes for the Audi TT. Cosmo blue, arrow gray, pulse orange and turbo blue (S line only) have been added to the previous colors Daytona gray (S line only), floret silver, glacier white, ibis white, mythos black, nano gray, tango red and Vegas yellow (S line only).
TT Roadster: classic with soft top
Like every open-top Audi, the new TT Roadster comes with a soft top in either black or gray. The soft top has a taut fit, and its excellent sound insulation makes it an “acoustic top”. At 39 kilograms (86.0 lb), the top is very light and doesn’t compromise the luggage compartment. A standard feature, the electrical drive opens and closes the top in around ten seconds at vehicle speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.1 mph).
*Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
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.