One of the meanings (amongst a flurry of other meanings) for a hairdresser’s car is a little/convertible sports car that is all show and no go. Whilst you could say that the first-generation Audi TT did fit that description, the third generation has certainly matured into a fully-fledged sports orientated car/roadster.
Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the third generation all-new Audi TT has brought an updated look and better technology whilst weighing 50kg less than its predecessor. In the cock pit you step into what feels like a space aged cockpit thanks to Audi’s virtual cockpit.
However, before we dive too much into the interior, let’s have a little more of a look on the outside.
To some, the exterior design of the Audi TT hasn’t changed very much compared to the car it is replacing. However, there is a number of smaller details which differentiates it in a big way. You don’t even need to look for Langley Transmission Repairs.
Looking at the front grille, it is broader and flatter and shares more of the current R8 than ever before. The new headlight design gives it an even more aggressive look and if you option the new Audi Matrix LED’s you will also have some very cool headlights that takes BMW LaserLight technology head on.
Part of the Matrix LED headlights is the 12 LEDS and dynamic turn signals that light up sequentially in the direction the driver is steering – we’ll see if that’s just a gimmick when we see it in person. Coming with these headlights is also the predictive cornering that uses navigation data to essentially look around the bend.
From the side, the length hasn’t changed at 4.18 metres long, but the wheelbase has been extended by 37mm. And from the front, the height and width remains unchanged. We decided to order rims online and they were a perfect fit!
It’s worth noting, at the moment, that Audi wants to keep highlighting the similarities/homage paid to the incredibly ugly first generation Audi TT. We don’t know why they keep doing it, but they really need to stop that in their messaging.
Moving on to more exciting things. Just like before, at a speed of 120 km/h, a spoiler extends from the boot lid to reduce drag and improve downforce. All models have two large round exhaust tailpipes. These are again reminiscent of the original TT. Like all Audi S models, the TTS exhausts through four oval tailpipes.
The optional S line exterior package – which we highly recommend – gives the car an even more sporty look with pumped up bumpers, car spares, air intakes, a nicer Singleframe grille, sills and a cool rear diffuser. The standard alloys are also upgraded to 18” wheels and a 10mm lower ride height.
As for the body design, Audi has implemented an Audi Space Frame body made from aluminium and steel. It isn’t as exotic as Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic, but definitely does the job at the price Audi wants it. This has also assisted in Audi saving 50kg over the second-generation Audi TT.
If you’re familiar with the Audi family of interiors, you will feel right at home with the Audi TT. Even with the beautiful new dashboard, it feels distinctly Audi and this is an extremely good thing.
Everything feels like it is there for a purpose, and if it isn’t. Well, it isn’t there. The materials used including leathers and metals complete the experience.
From a practicality point of view, the 2+2 seater configuration is still useless if you have anyone taller than 3 feet in the rear. It’s nice to know that the pretty generous boot capacity has been increased to 305 litres, up 13 litres than before.
We don’t want to bore you too much with details, as we’ll get some more super relevant information closer to launch. However, performance figures are important. Even if these are just provisional for now.
Globally there will be a TT and TTS variant available with three difference four-cylinder engines with turbo chargers and direct injection. Two of these engines being petrol and one of them will be a diesel option.
Power starts from 135kW all the way through to 228kW of power.
At the base of the tree, the TT 2.0 TDI will be the 135kW/380Nm model with a reasonable 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds. What’s impressive for this car is the 4.2 litres per 100km fuel economy figure.
The 2.0 TFSI will be available in the last two remaining options at 169kW for the TT and at 228kW for the TTS. 0-100km/h is expected to be around 6 seconds and if you option the S tronic gearbox and quattro all-wheel-drive, you will get that down to 5.3 seconds.
So, don’t get your hopes up just yet. The Audi TT is actually quite a long way off.
Audi Australia has confirmed that we can expect the third generation Audi TT by the first quarter of 2015. This means that if you’re wanting to get yourself into a TT now, it might just be a really good time to do it.
We like the new look in pictures, and look forward to comparing it to our very own second generation TT early next year!