Audi has taken the wraps off the third generation of the Audi TT sports car at the VW Group Night. We got the first glimpse of the two seater sports car when a few images of the 2015 Audi TT-S were leaked ahead of the official unveiling. Influenced by the All road Shooting Brake concept as well as the old TT, the TT is based on VW group’s MQB platform and has been lightened for better performance and efficiency.
Talking about the car, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of Audi AG for Technical Development, said, "The Audi TT is the epitome of an authentic design icon and a top-performance driving machine.With the new generation, we are making this technology even easier for the driver to experience – just as they would expect from a real sports car."
The front of the car wears an aggressive look with LED headlamps a chrome hexagonal grille and massive air dams on the bumper. The side profile shows side skirts and flared wheel arches which house 20-spoke alloys. The mirrors and filler cap have been given silver accents. The rear features a boot lid spoiler, quad exhaust system and LED tail lamps. The interior of the 2015 TT were revealed earlier at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. Called ‘virtual cockpit’, the interiors lack a central console and most of the information is displayed through a 12.3-inch screen located behind the steering wheel.
The Audi TT will be offered with three engine options. The base variant gets a 2.0-litre, TDI diesel engine producing 184bhp and 380Nm of torque, and comes as a front-wheel-drive (FWD). The other two mills are enhanced versions of the tried and tested 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol engine. The base petrol will produce 230hp and 369Nm of torque and will be available with FWD and six-speed manual or as an all-wheel-drive (AWD) with a six-speed dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox.Both the TDI and base petrol will be limited to 248kmph. As for enthusiasts, Audi will offer the Audi TT-S with the 2.0-litre petrol unit churning out 310bhp and 380Nm of torque. The TT-S will also be available in either FWD or AWD guise with similar gearbox configurations.
The 2015 Audi TT looks grown up as compared to the previous model. The rounded body panels have been transformed into muscular lines all the while retaining its appeal. For the Indian market, we expect a hike in the price for the new TT, which will place it in range of more expensive two seaters like the BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster and Mercedes-Benz SLK. But these cars aren't just more powerful than the TT, they also are convertibles, which in itself will be a deciding factor for most buyers. But for someone who needs a two seater sports car without the bling of a convertible, the Audi TT will be a perfect car.