The all-new Audi TT is now available to order and the front-wheel drive 2.0 TDI ultra 184PS has an official 67.3mpg capability with a CO2 output of just 110g/km.
Two specification levels – Sport and S line – will initially be offered in the UK for the all-new TT. Both include the Audi virtual cockpit, which is based around a 12.3-inch, high resolution LCD display that completely fills the driver’s instrument binnacle and replaces the traditional analogue dials.
Drivers can choose between two display modes: In the classic view, the speedometer and rev counter are in the foreground; in “infotainment” mode the virtual instruments are smaller. The space that becomes free as a result provides ample room for other functions, such as the navigation map. At the lower edge of the Audi virtual cockpit, the displays for outside temperature, time and mileage are permanently visible. Warning or information symbols are also displayed there.
S line specification is the most comprehensive and the most performance-oriented in the initial TT line-up.
The TT has an advanced Audi Space Frame composite construction, which has been carried over and further evolved for the all-new model. Blending steel with a high proportion of lightweight aluminium in areas such as the side sills and side sections, roof, bonnet, doors and hatch lid has helped the 2.0-litre TFSI model to tip the scales at an impressive 1,230kg – 50kg less than its equivalent predecessor.
The 2.0 TFSI is one of two engine options available at launch and is combined with either front-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox or quattro all-wheel-drive and a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. Developing peak torque of 370 Nm from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm, it powers the front-wheel-driven version from 0 to 62mph in 6.0 seconds, and on up to a top speed of 155mph. Combined economy is 47.9mpg, delivered with CO2 output of 137g/km.
In the version with six-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, the sprint from 0 to 62mph takes 5.3 seconds and top speed is 155mph; in this version combined economy is 44.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 149 g/km. The dual-clutch transmission shifts through the six gears without any noticeable interruption in traction, and in manual mode it can be controlled by paddles on the steering wheel. When the Audi drive select system is set to its ‘efficiency’ mode, the S tronic transmission decouples and ‘freewheels’ each time the driver takes his or her foot off the throttle pedal.
The second engine option – the 2.0 TDI – powers the exclusively front-wheel-driven and six-speed manual-equipped ultra model and torque of 380 Nm it can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 7.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 150mph. It can also return up to 67.3mpg according to the combined cycle test, which translates into CO2 emissions of 110 g/km, a new record low in its class.
The permanent quattro all-wheel drive system has a newly designed hydraulic pump that reduces weight by around 1.5 kg compared with the previous model.
Networking quattro drive with the standard Audi drive select system has given the driver greater control over the operating parameters of the all-wheel-drive system. In “auto” mode, optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics are given priority. In “dynamic” mode, torque is distributed to the rear axle earlier and to a higher degree. And in another new departure for the new TT, when the “efficiency” mode is selected the system can precisely determine driving conditions and driver type and can temporarily shut down the quattro system if conditions suit this. In this operating state, the intelligent software carefully monitors the driving situation and can reactivate all-wheel drive as soon as it is required again.
Electronic stabilisation control (ESC) can also be switched off either partly or completely. When negotiating bends, it redistributes torque from the inside front wheel to the outside front wheel (front-wheel drive) or, on quattro models, to the rear wheels, if required. ESC also offers a Sport mode which supports more committed driving, facilitating steering and control at high speeds.
The all-new Audi TT is now available to order in the UK from priced from £29,770 ahead of first deliveries in December.
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