2016 Audi TT & TTS Review and Release Date
- By Zoran P.
- 7 March, 2014
After several teasers, the 2016 Audi TT coupe has been officially unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The sportier TTS trim level was also introduced.
Design of 2016 Audi TT & TTS
The new 2016 Audi TT and TTS models are based on the Volkswagen’s MQB platform, retaining its distinctive but somewhat improved style. I’ve already written about this model when the sketches were posted online.
The front of the car sure looks aggressive. It is similar on both models, but the TTS trim features a more prominent hexagonal grille. It is flanked by the new LED headlights with thin daytime running lamps. What is interesting is that the Audi emblem is positioned on the hood instead on the grille. Also different between these two trim levels are the front air intakes.
The rear end is now more rounded, but it looks slightly wider and features a more prominent lower fascia. The two trims differ by the rear diffuser. The 2016 Audi TT has a dual exhaust system, while the TTS has two pairs of exhaust tips on each side.
I will not write much about the exterior because I have a lot to say about interior. Feel free to look at the pictures in the gallery below to see more details of this new model.
Interior Styling and Changes
What I like the most is the completely revised interior. We already knew how the interior will look like, because we were able to see its mock up during its presentation at the 2014 Las Vegas CES Show. You can see what I wrote earlier about it here.
The cabin of the production model is no different. The best part of the dashboard is a big digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster that includes digital speedometer and tachometer. It can also show all the details, and you can control the information and entertainment system.
Really useful feature is that you can switch between two display modes. When the classic mode is activated, you will see normal-size speedometer and tachometer, with additional information. But, if you activate the infotainment mode, two gauges are reduced in size and most of the TFT display will show you directions (GPS navigation). You can also control an audio system.
Since a small display in the central part of the dash is absent, three air vents with control knobs and small displays are mounted in this area. Two additional air vents are mounted on each side near the doors. Using these knobs passengers can change climate settings.
Other controls are located on the center console. You can use these to activate various assistance functions, all hazard warning lights, and the performance enhancer.
The seats come with integrated head restraints and are very comfortable. The new S sport seats are optional in the TT model, and standard in the TTS model. These seats are lighter and featured by pneumatically adjustable side sections, for even better convenience. It is important to mention that there are only four seats arranged in a 2+2 layout. However, in the rear there is no enough head and leg room for taller passengers, so you must have that in mind.
TT & TTS Engine and Performance
The 2016 Audi TT will be offered with three engine choices. First, there will be a choice of a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine that will be able to produce 230 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. This engine will transfer its power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. It will allow the coupe to run from 0-60 mph in exactly 6.0 seconds. If you choose an optional 6-speed dual-clutch S Tronic transmission instead of a manual, the 0-60 time drops to 5.3 seconds. Max speed is 155 mph and estimated fuel economy is 34 mpg by the EU standards.
There will also be a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that will be featured in the TTS model, upgraded to produce 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This model will come with a Quattro all-wheel drive as a standard. The engine will also be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, allowing the car to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph, too. Fuel economy numbers are yet to be announced.
Lastly, customers who prefer diesel vehicles can buy their TT model with a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. This one will be able to develop 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, making it the least powerful. It will be able to reach the speed of 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, and its top speed will is 146 mph. Fuel economy is 56 EU mpg.
2016 Audi TT Release Date and Price
The 2016 Audi TT and TTS models are planned to go on sale in the beginning of 2015. Both models will be available in the U.S.
The price has not been announced. I assume that prices will be slightly higher than those of the 2014 models. The current TT model (blue car in the gallery below) costs about $39,900, while the TTS model (red car) has a starting price of $48,700.
Below you can see both promotional images and photos taken during the Auto Show in Geneva. I also included some photos released earlier for a better view at some parts of the interior.
Also, you can watch the live presentation in the footage below.
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