New third-gen Audi TT and TTS revealed with up to 306bhp

No more spy shots and teasers. Audi has revealed the third-generation TT along with a hotter TTS variant packing 306bhp from a 2.0 TFSI.

There are no big surprises as the design is evolutionary and typical to Audi with sharper styling compared to the outgoing model.

The front fascia is more aggressive with a hexagonal grille flanked by the trapezoidal optional LED headlights. The TT also comes with a rear spoiler that automatically deploys at speeds exceeding 75mph.

A big surprise is that the new model has not grown in size, like it is with most new models. In fact it is 20mm shorter than the model it replaces with an length of 4180mm, while the wheelbase on the other hand has grown by 37mm. The width is also down by 8mm at stands now at 1832mm, while the height remains at 1353mm.

The new TT rides on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and is up to 50kg lighter depending on the engine and options chosen, when compared to the outgoing model. The 2.0 TFSI model weighs 1,230kg.

Even though the new model is shorter than its predecessor, it has a bigger trunk, that offers 305 litres of space (+13 litres).

The interior features a new 12.3-inch TFT screen with an Nvidia Tegra 30 graphic processor, optional S sport seats (standard on the TTS), new flat-bottomer steering wheel, air conditioning controls in the air vents, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with a 14-channel amplifier and door-mounted woofers which are illuminated by an adjustable light conductor.

From launch three 4-cylinder turbocharged, direct-injection engines will be offered. Two petrol and one diesel.

The standard TT can be equipped either with a 227bhp 2.0-litre TFSI or a 181bhp 2.0 TDI. The petrol version goes from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds with the S tronic, while the top speed is 155mph. The diesel does it in 7.2 seconds and has a top speed of 146mph.

The TTS is powered by a 306bhp 2.0 TFSI, taking the quattro model from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Range topping RS version, as well as the Spider is expected to follow next year.


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