Excitement is revving up among Ireland’s motor enthusiasts after the all new Audi TT was revealed at an exclusive preview event in a re-imagined RDS, Dublin last Thursday 3rd.
When the first-generation Audi TT made its debut in 1998 its design was seen as nothing short of revolutionary – with its strictly geometrical lines it struck out in a new stylistic direction that arguably changed the course of modern day car design, and it has gone on to achieve iconic status. For the third TT generation, the Audi designers have returned to many of these ideas and placed them in a new context that is as dynamic as it is diverse.
While the all new Audi TT stays true to its heritage, it embraces the digital age like no other car in the market. It is on sitting into the car that Audi TT fans, old and new, really get to experience the full extent of digital innovation that defines the all new Audi TT.
In particular, the stunning new virtual cockpit, a multi-media interactive (MMI) 12.3-inch panel which sits in front of the driver is a unique infotainment platform. The virtual cockpit is powered by two quad-core processors, one for the virtual cockpit including digital rev counters and speedo, the other for the infotainment functionality like mapping, media playback and high-level search.
The search functionality allows drivers to simply type what they are looking for on the touchpad – an address, a contact, a point of interest or a song title, for example, and the virtual cockpit will retrieve the results. This functionality is supported by in-built 4G data connectivity and long term evolution, even faster again which helps drive features, such as Google Earth and enabling a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The high tech experience in the new Audi TT doesn’t stop there and also includes: touch control, natural-language voice recognition and the pioneering Matrix Beam LED headlights. These LED units are set to high beam and can be individually shut off when sensors detect traffic ahead or approaching to ‘divert’ the beam around other road users. Predictive cornering lights that use navigation data to move the cone of light into a bend before the steering wheel is turned.
Fans of the Audi TT’s sporty heritage won’t be disappointed as the all new Audi TT boasts real sports credentials.
Not only is it 50kg lighter than the second generation Audi TT, but the new Audi TT also boasts a lower centre of gravity and driving positon, is lighter than competition with lower fuel consumption and possesses improved driving dynamics with better handling. The revised quattro® all-wheel drive system delivers greater high speed stability and traction.
At launch the new TT and TTS will be available with three four-cylinder engines featuring turbocharging and direct injection. Their power outputs range from 184PS to 310PS. The two TFSI petrol engines and the TDI combine plentiful power with trailblazing efficiency, and all feature a start-stop system as standard.
The most popular engine choice in Ireland will be the 2.0 TDI, which is equipped with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. Helped by a strong torque peak of 380 Nm, this new sports car can accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 234kmph.