new TT goes for aluminium, with an Audi
7th April 2006.
The all-new Audi
TT Coupé was unveiled yesterday to the world public in
front of the Brandenburg Gate in the German capital,
Berlin, where three examples of the new sports car drove
up to the historic gate.
Launched in the autumn of 1998 as a 2+2
first generation TT (based on the previous, 4th generation VW
Golf) was followed by the
roadster in summer 1999, competing against a new wave of
small coupes and roadsters, including the first
generations of the Mercedes-Benz
Z3 (followed by the Z4) and Porsche
new TT Coupe
comes 137 mm longer and 78 mm wider
The second generation Audi
TT Coupe is 137 mm longer
than its predecessor at 4,178 mm, and 78 mm wider at 1,842
mm, with taut panels giving the impression of dynamic
The new TT goes for aluminium, with a
body constructed in the ASF Space Frame design developed
by Audi. It consists of aluminium and steel. This is the
first time that it has combined different materials
alongside each other, with 69 percent of the
superstructure made of aluminium.
The steel components making up the
remaining 31 percent are to be found at the rear end, so
as to ensure balanced distribution of the axle loads.
spoiler is extended from the tailgate from
To improve downforce, a spoiler is
extended from the tailgate when the vehicle reaches a
speed of 120 km/h.
Like its predecessor, the new Audi
TT is initially available as
a 2+2-seater coupé; the separate roadster
model is scheduled for later launch.
The basic luggage capacity of the boot
is reasonable 290 litres (for its size and category). This
capacity can be increased to 700 litres by folding down
the rear seat backs. The sports seats provide side
restraint, with a choice of three different leathers for
Two powerful petrol engines are
available, both equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox,
or optionally, with the dynamic S tronic dual-clutch
The 2.0 litre turbocharged
four-cylinder TFSI unit featuring FSI direct injection
develops 147 kW (200 bhp). With a six-speed manual
gearbox, it accelerates the TT to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds,
reaching a top speed of 240 km/h.
flat-bottomed sports steering wheel makes
it easier to get in and out.
The naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6
engine develops 184 kW (250 bhp), accelerating from zero
to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 250
km/h (electronically governed).
Whereas the four-cylinder engine comes
with front-wheel drive, the V6 distributes its power
across both axles by way of the quattro
permanent four-wheel drive system.
The Audi dynamic suspension was newly
developed and tuned for the TT Coupé, with new multi-link
rear suspension. One of its hallmarks is its self-steering
behaviour right up to the handling limits, which ranges
from neutral to light understeer.
The track enlargement, with larger
wheels ranging from 16 to 19 inches in size, and extensive
changes in the area of elastokinematics were key areas of
the developers’ work.
A magnetic ride damper system is
available as an option. In this system, tiny magnetic
particles circulate in the oil inside the shock absorbers.
When a voltage is applied to them, they alter the damping
characteristics within milliseconds. This adaptive system
simultaneously ensures better levels of ride comfort and
thoroughly sporty dynamism, according to the specific
driving scenario and the preferences of the driver.
The standard features of the new Audi
TT include (German market specifications) an automatic air
conditioning system and a flat-bottomed sports steering
wheel. The latter is not only entirely suitable for the
sports car but also makes it easier to get in and out. The
air vents, steering wheel spokes and many of the controls
are finished in an aluminium look.
Options cover a variety of high-tech
solutions, including the adaptive light dynamic cornering
light system and the Audi parking system which aids
The new TT marks the premiere of a new
generation of audio systems. It is characterised by
state-of-the-art reception and playback technology and
intuitive user control. Six so-called softkeys control a
variety of functions depending on which menu is selected.
The chorus radio system with single CD drive comes as
interface is available for mobile phones. The telephone
function can be operated via the MMI, the multifunction
steering wheel and by speech control. The operator control
for the optional navigation system takes its cues from the
MMI system familiar from the Audi
A6, A8 and Q7