• TT Roadster for 2014 Paris auto show
NEXT-GEN TT FOR PARIS: The new Audi TT Roadster will make its global debut at the 2014 Paris auto show. Image: Audi
• New TT coupe headed for SA in 2015
• Prices and specs for TT Coupe
• Roadster arrival TBAPARIS, France - In January 2014, Audi gave fans a sneak peek at its third-generation TT at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA.
Audi South Africa confirmed that the new model would arrive here early in 2015. Ahead of it its local introduction, the TT will make its global debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in October.
The TT Coupe will arrive in March 2015 and preliminary pricing is R558 000 for the 169kW 2.0T and R642 000 for the 2.0 T quattro. The TT S will arrive in July 2015 when details and pricing will be released.
The Roadster is still under consideration for local introduction.
MANUAL OR S TRONIC
The third-generation TT will be assembled on VW Group's MQB platform, a chassis shared by the seventh-generation Golf. From the side and rear it has the general design of the outgoing model but with a sharper nose, one similar to that of the new A5 and R8.
The TTS is capable of 228k/380Nm and available with a manual or S tronic transmission. The 2.0 TFSI will make 169kW/370Nm. In front-wheel drive manual form it will reach 100km/h in six seconds; with S tronic and quattro drive 5.3sec.
An improved 'magnetic ride' adaptive shock-absorbers control system is standard on the TTS (an option on other models) to give three driving modes - 'auto', 'comfort', 'Dynamic'.
The redesigned facia will carry a digital instrument cluster which, according to Audi, will eliminate the need for a “multi-media interface monitor". The instrument panel, inspired by an aeroplane's wing, has what Audi describes as "a turbine” look" to it and the round air nozzles, a classic TT feature, remind of jet engines.
The driver can switch between two display modes on the 31cm TFT monitor; Classic view puts the speedometer and rev counterin the foreground, Infotainment mode displays smaller virtual instrumentation to provide room for the satnav map.
The compact sports car’s new steering wheel has the now normal flat-bottomed rim and aluminium clips framing its spokes. The new infotainment system was inspired by that of a smartphone and includes a full text-search function (MMI search). The MMI terminal on the centre console, the second control unit alongside the steering wheel have been redesigned.
AUDI TT ROADSTER
The TT Roadster, still, as we've said, being considered for SA, will make its debut at the Paris show. Like its Coupe sister, the two-seater will be built on the MQB platfrom but with a fast-retracting fabric hood.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Audi TT Roadster
It measures 4.1m long (21mm longer), 1.8m wide (10mm narrower), 1.3m tall (3mm lower) and rides on a of 2.5m (37mm longer) wheelbase.
The fabric top benefits from more noise and thermal insulation courtesy of a thick fleece layer. According to Audi: “Depending on frequency, the noise level in the interior has been reduced by up to six decibels if compared with the previous TT Roadster.”
The soft top can be opened and closed in 10sec and operated at up to 50km/h - prime for being caught in a shower in slow traffic. Luggage capacity is 280 litres.
At 120km/h a spoiler will be power-extended from the boot lid to provide more downforce.
The Roadster's body has been modified from the Coupe. The aluminium A pillars conceal a second steel pillar which houses a steel tube. According to Audi: “Internal steel ribbing ensures the aluminium sills have high-strength properties. V-shaped steel struts reinforce the zones below the engine and the boot and connect the axle carriers.”
The new TT Roadster will launched with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines - a TDI and a TFSI – leaving the most powerful four-cylinder TFSI for the TTS Roadster.
Featuring 135kW/380Nm, Audi says, the 2.0 TDI Ultra "combines great strength with remarkable restraint where economy is concerned – it can return as little as 4.3-litres/100km.
HIGH-TECH PETROL ENGINE
The 2.0 TFSI produces 169kW/370Nm in the TT Roadster and 228kW/380Nm in the TT S. The top-of-range roadster can sprint to 100km/h in 4.9sec and has an electronically governed top speed of 250km/h.
The high-tech petrol engine in the TT Roadster can be combined with either front-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox or quattro all-wheel-drive with a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. The TTS Roadster, with standard quattro drive, also offers a manual gearbox or the option of S tronic.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system has been fully redeveloped.
The TT Roadster S line upgrades to 19” alloy rims of a five-spoked star design, LED front and rear lights and S line body. It also offers S line sports suspension, reducing ride height by a further 10mm.
Price and details for the SA-bound Audi TT coupe:
Audi TT 2.0T: R558 000 (indicative only) and comes with
• Virtual cockpit with Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
• 17" alloys
• Xenon headlights
• Keyless entry
• Audi drive select
• Audi music interface with USB
• Alcantara/leather upholstery
• Light/rain sensor
• Front armrest
• Leather-trimmed, three-spoked, flat-bottom steering-wheel with shift paddles
• Front sports seats
• Cruise control
• Digital aircon
• LED interior lighting
Audi TT 2.0T quattro: R642 000 (indicative only) comes with the above plus
• New-generation quattro all-wheel drive
• 18" alloys
• Milano leather upholstery
• Exterior and interior quattro badges
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