A completely revised Audi TTS is to make its debut at Geneva and is
characterized by the use of innovative technologies in its engine and in its
control and display concept, including the Audi virtual cockpit.
"The Audi TT is the epitome of an authentic design icon and a top-performance driving machine," explains Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development. "With the new generation, we are making this technology even easier for the driver to experience - just as they would expect from a real sports car."
TTS' Exterior Design
The front of the new TT and TTS is dominated by horizontal lines. The Singleframe grille is much broader and flatter than that of the previous model, with a powerful line dividing it into two zones. Starting in the top corners of the grille, sharp contours run in a V across the hood, which bears the four Audi rings - as on the Audi R8 high-performance sports car. The air intakes feature struts that direct part of the flow away from the front to the flanks.
Xenon plus headlights are standard, and Audi can optionally provide LED headlights or ones in pioneering Audi Matrix LED technology, where the high beam is generated by controllable individual LEDs. On both TT and TTS, there is an unmistakable contour created by the separating strip in the headlights, which is illuminated by light guides.
The Matrix LED headlights consist of 12 LEDs and include another Audi innovation: dynamic turn signals that light up sequentially in the direction in which the driver is steering. The predictive cornering light uses navigation data to move the cone of light into the curve before the steering wheel is turned.
From the side, the new Audi TT is equally lean and muscular; it rests low on the road as if ready to pounce. It is 71.2 inches (1,832 mm) wide, and has the same height as the previous model at 53.3 inches (1,353 mm).
At a speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) a spoiler extends from the trunk lid to improve both air resistance and downforce.
Like all Audi S models, the TTS exhales through four oval tailpipes.
Inside: Sports Car Character
Clearly structured volumes with a taut surface and light, almost floating lines - the interior is the embodiment of the new Audi TTS' pure sports car character.
The rule was once again: "less is more." Clear, purist lines underscore both the lightness and the uncompromising sportiness of the Audi TTS' interior. Two other ingenious design and technically innovative tricks enabled the designers to create an instrument panel that is impressively slender: The instrument cluster and the MMI screen have been combined to form a central, digital unit - the so-called Audi virtual cockpit. In addition, the controls for the air conditioning system are positioned directly in the air vents.
As standard in the TTS, there are newly developed S sport seats with highly contoured and pneumatically adjustable side sections that are exceptionally comfortable and provide excellent support.
The new multifunction steering wheel has a flattened rim, and aluminum-look clasps encompass the spokes. It also has a driver airbag that takes up 40 percent less space without compromising safety, and hence emphasizes the sense of visual lightness.
Countless details demonstrate the high standards which Audi places on interior design and craftsmanship. They include the newly designed, split gear lever, the very precisely engaging MMI rotary pushbutton and the finely finished loudspeaker covers with light guides in the optional Bang & Olufsen sound system.
As a 2+2 seater, the new Audi TTS is a sports car that is highly suitable for everyday use. The trunk has a capacity of 10.77 cubic ft (305 liters), which is 0.46 cubic ft (13 liters) more than before, and can be extended by folding the rear seat backrests forward.