New range-topping TT gets overhauled S3 engine; will be priced from £34k
9 January 2008

Pictures of details on Audi’s hottest ever TT have broken cover four days before the new car is due to be unveiled. This is the range-topping TTS, and it’ll be introduced to the world at the Detroit Motor Show next week before hitting the showrooms later this year.

Lower, sharper and quicker

The TTS gets a mildly overhauled version of the four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo TFSI engine from the S3, coupled with Audi’s legendary all-wheel Quattro drive. That means, in both coupe and roadster form, the TTS packs 272bhp and an impressive 258lb ft torque, maintained throughout the mid-range between 2500rpm and 5000rpm.Gearbox options will include a six-speed manual transmission or an optional dual-clutch S-Tronic ‘box capable of shifting in two-tenths of a second. The net result is a claimed 5.2sec dash to 62mph and an electronically limited 155mph top speed. To sharpen the handling, Audi has lowered the TTS’ ride height by 10mm compared to the standard TT. A new ESP setting has also been programmed, which allows the car’s driver more slip angle before the electronics cut in for what Audi calls ‘controlled drifting’. The brakes have been beefed up too. And you’ll know one of these souped-up TTs when you see one. As the new flagship of the range, it’s marked out by redesigned 18in alloys and new headlights - bi-xenons with LED daytime running lights, to be exact, like the ones on the R8 and A5.Inside the cabin it’s the high-end affair you might expect, with leather and Alacantara used to trim most surfaces. There’s also two grades of sat nav, a Bose stereo with iPod plug-in and adaptive lights all on the options list.

How much and when?

On the continent, prices will start from the equivalent of £33,500 for the TTS coupe and £35,600 for the roadster. Brits should expect to pay a slight premium over continental prices when the TTS goes on sale here in the autumn though. The TTS will remain top of the tree until its even-more-hardcore sibling, the hotly anticipated TTRS, arrives. Autocar broke the story on the TTRS last autumn, and we’ve already seen internal planning documents detailing the characteristics of its 340bhp five-cylinder engine. Expect that car inject an even bigger dose of adrenaline into the TT range later in the car’s lifecycle, to come engineered without compromise by Quattro GmbH, and to be priced from around £45,000.

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9 January 2008

[quote Autocar]On the continent, prices will start from the equivalent of £33,500 for the TTS coupe and £35,600 for the roadster. Brits should expect to pay a slight premium over continental prices when the TTS goes on sale here in the autumn though[/quote]

Why is that? I cant see why that should be at all! its not like they've had to make changes to accomadate it for RHD as the car is already set up for this. Will we get a better spec than those across the water??

And does anyone else think the daylight running lights are awful? I have a big dislike to them on the A5 and R8. I think they are brash and slightly tacky!

10 January 2008

Sounds good, but I'm not sure about some of the stats... 17" brake discs inside 18" wheels? Is this possible? That's huge! Also, 0-62 in 5.2 seems very fast for 270hp and 260ftlb...? That's 0.5sec quicker than S3 with only an extra 7hp? Must be very similar weight and gearing I'd have thought?

S

10 January 2008

The TT has always been a nice, if slightly dull little alternative to a porsche. This only strengthens its appeal, though these sort of prices are starting to push a bit too high.

10 January 2008

[quote DradusContact]though these sort of prices are starting to push a bit too high.[/quote]

To be honest, I can't get that excited about this. It already feels old to me and the idea of paying £45k for the "range topper" at 340bhp seems a joke. It will need to be leagues ahead of it's rivals, say the BMW Z4M Coupe/Roadster, to justify that price tag, and the SLK 55 would still seem like good value, even at a premium over the TT.

11 January 2008

These prices seem to be a massive premium over the entry level 2.0Tfsi model which with a simple remap will produce 350 nm (258 ib/ft) which is exactly the same as the new TT S. I had my new TT 2.0 Tfsi remapped recently and it was the best eur 400 I've ever spent on a car.

The only thing that would make me want the 2.0 TT S over the regular 2.0 TT is the 4wd which is not the quattro system but a more conventional cheaper 4 motion system necessitated by the TT's engine layout which cannot accommodate the quattro drivetrain.

I agree that the TT RS will have to be very special to tempt buyres away form BMW and Porsche but all the ingredients are there and just remember what a great job Quattro GMBH did on the RS4. All things being equal I would buy a TT RS over the Porsche Cayman and BMW Z4M as it will be so much better looking than either of those two awkwardly styled cars and have the all weather grip afforded by AWD which given our none too sunny climate offers the best balance between fun, grip and safety.

Frawls


12 January 2008

Hope they've put in some decent sized seats, went for a test drive in the standard car and got fed up sitting on the side bolsters, and I'm not overweight! Even the salesman admitted they are a little narrow. Doesn't matter how good the car is if the fundamental touch point - your bum is uncomfortable.

12 January 2008

Estate agents will love this.

Brash, overweight, pointless and obnoxious - much like the target audience in my opinion.

13 January 2008

C'est la vie.

This little outburst has been building for a while I reckon Kee Law.

Oh well....

13 January 2008

It is far too much money for a car which can barely cope with the power it has got anyhow.

[quote scummyplum]Estate agents will love this.[/quote]

I think it is compulsory to have owned one to be accepted in this job - tries far too hard.

14 January 2008

[quote SpecB]

It is far too much money for a car which can barely cope with the power it has got anyhow.

[quote scummyplum]Estate agents will love this.[/quote]

I think it is compulsory to have owned one to be accepted in this job - tries far too hard.

[/quote]

I saw a TT yesterday.

All lit up like a CHRISTMAS TREE.

Brash, aggressive and somewhat redundent on the slip road of the M42 in sustained drizzle and visability to 200 metres.

Those front lights are hilarious.

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