2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Audi will launch the new TT in the autumn. While hardly anything has changed externally, the VW subsidiary from Ingolstadt is celebrating a premiere in the cockpit.
Audi is currently going through a dry spell. While the southern German top rivals from BMW and Mercedes put one new model after the other in the shop window, the VW premium subsidiary has to rely on the tried and tested and the familiar. The successors to the A 4, A 6 or the luxury A 8 sedan are far from ready to go. However, there is consolation for the waiting traders. You will soon be able to offer a new edition of an icon to a small but definitely fine clientele. And the third generation of the neat TT has it all.
Audi TT hardly changed on the outside
The basic features of the aluminum dress of the compact sports car, which have not changed much, could already be admired at the Geneva Motor Show. At 4.18 meters in length, the new one is exactly one millimeter shorter, but has a wheelbase that is 3.7 centimeters longer. This is not really noticeable to the naked eye. More like the significantly changed front section, which is modeled a little on the R 8 super sports car. Due to the larger air inlets, the now trapezoidal radiator grille is even more massive. Incidentally, he was freed from the burden of the four rings. The Audi emblem was put on the bonnet.
Most striking are the newly designed headlights, which can be equipped with the new LED matrix light. Its daytime running lights now form an "F" lying on its back. Quite delightful retouching can also be found on the rear. The spoiler lip is now more pronounced, in the taillights one encounters the mentioned "F" again. Pairs of exhausts on both sides stand for pronounced sportiness. Everything looks a little wider than the folding rule says. Despite all of this, the TT remains recognizable at first glance as the only one of its kind. And that is what is wanted.
Audi TT 50 kilos lighter
However, the essential values of the new TT are only revealed when you dive into the technical interior, which Audi has now presented in detail. Almost every component was put to the test to see whether a few grams of weight could be saved. Whether 17 kilograms for doors and flaps, 2.6 kilograms for the on-board electrical system or five kilograms for the newly shaped sports seats, the weight loss regimen brought a total of a good 50 kilograms. A proud figure for an already quite light car like a sports coupé. The largest share of this is due to the use of a third of aluminum, mixed with a variety of other materials. "The right material in the right quantity in the right place for optimal function," says project manager Markus Siewert.
The pounds saved contribute to the fact that the TT can be on the road with a fairly decent consumption of just 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers with the 184 hp two-liter diesel. The top model TTS Quattro with its 310 hp is also comparatively frugal with 7.1 liters. Of course only if you don't exhaust your strength, select the "Economy" mode in the selection menu and move your right foot in slow motion if possible. What the new TT sucks out of the tank in practice will have to be clarified later on first driving tests.
Premiere with a virtual cockpit
You can already experience the most surprising innovation that no other manufacturer has to offer. "We have completely rethought and turned almost everything that was customary up to now," remembers Werner Hamberger, who is responsible for the operating concepts at Audi. "Our goal was to make the driver's contact with his car faster, more direct and, above all, easier." The result was the first virtual cockpit in a production car. The entire area behind the steering wheel is dominated by a 12.3-inch monitor. Different motifs can be chosen on it. In the standard view, for example, the perfect replica of the familiar classic round instruments.
"Because the hands are constantly moving, we had to adjust the computing power and now deliver 60 images per second. Nothing jerks, everything is as smooth as with the old analog instruments," reports Hamberger, proud of his team. The high-resolution monitor can also be used to display the navigation map, the music collection on the integrated hard drive or the phone directory of the cell phone. The speedometer and tachometer are reduced to the corners of the screen. "Everything in the driver's direct field of vision," says Audi's "operator".
Audi TT Roadster from spring 2015
And the driver's distraction? Werner Hamberger reassures us and refers to extensive tests with test persons: "There is no measurable change in the driver's attention. Looking in the middle of the dashboard at a monitor placed there is clearly more distracting." The innovative cockpit, in which the image from the reversing camera is also displayed, is combined with the well-known round switch between the seats. "We have also improved the voice input," reports Hamberger and suddenly says: "I want to talk to Peter." All potential conversation partners that the phone book of the mobile phone with this first name has to offer appear on the screen. "Now just choose the right one and the connection is established." For sure,Other manufacturers can do that too, but not as fast and as easy to use.
With all the recognition value of the current model, the TT definitely has something new to offer, but it relies on a little patience with future customers. Because the sales start for the cult athlete built in Hungary is not until autumn. The planned open roadster will not even come until next spring, which will then offer convertible weather that may be similar to that of spring 2013. (SP-X)