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Tech-laden Audi TT released


THE ORIGINAL Audi TT first appeared in 1998 and its design is stillconsidered iconic. The new TT is the latest model to be unveiled by the German brand at the Geneva International Motor Show andit’s all-new in terms of technology, platform, design and engines.

Exterior-wise,the Audi designers took inspiration from the original TT and modernised the concept. There is an all-new front end that is more in line with the current crop of Audi models. The flat headlamps come with xenon lights as standard.

Depending on the version or options chosen, the new TT sits on wheels ranging from 17 inches to 20 inches. The new TT is 4180mm long, making it almost exactly the same length as its predecessor. It is 1 832mm wide,1 353mm high and its wheelbase has grown by 37mm to 2 505mm. All standard models have two large, round exhaust tailpipes while the flagship TTS featuresfour oval items.

The interior makes use of the familiar MMI system, which in this instance has a terminal on the console of the centre tunnel along with two toggle switches for the navigation and maps, telephone, radio and media menus. There are two buttons on both sides of the central rotary pushbutton, supplemented by a main menu and back button. There is also the option of voice control on the system.

The new TT also gets a virtual cockpit, meaning a fully digital instrument cluster. Drivers can choose between two display modes. In Classic view, the speedometer and rev counter are in the front while in Infotainment mode, the virtual instruments are minimised. The 12.3-inch TFT screen uses a Tegra 30 graphic processor from Nvidia’s Tegra 3 series.

In terms of practicality, the TT is a 2+2 seater with a load area has of 305 litres, which is 13 litres more than before. All versions come standard with MMI radio, electromechanical parking brake and S sports seats with numerous leather and trim variants.

The body has been made as light as possible - the underbody is made of high-strength steel alloys while some body panels are formed from hardened steel. The weight saving comes from the use of aluminium for the roof frame, side sills, bonnet, doors and hatch lid.The new TT weighs 1 230kg, which makes it 50kg lighter than its predecessor.

 There will be three engines available initially:afront-wheel-drive 2.0-litre TDI with a manual transmission. Its 380Nm help it accelerate fromzero to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. It consumes a claimed 4.2 litres/100km with 110g/km of CO2 emissions. There are also two 2.0-litre TFSI engines available, one producing 169kW and 370Nm,which means a sprint figure of six seconds to the 100km/h mark and a top speed of 250km/h.

 The engine in the range-topping TTS produces 228kW and 380Nm (likely to be around 206kW locally), which will see a 0-100km/h dash in just 4.7 seconds thanks to a launch control system and Quattro all-wheel-drive.The Quattro system works with Audi’s Drive Select, meaning the driver can adjust the operating parameters of the all-wheel-drive system to suit their individual requirements.

The front suspension set-up is based on a McPherson system that uses aluminium components, reducing the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The rear suspension is a four-link system that can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The body is lowered by 10mm in S line versions, in the TTS and wherever Audi magnetic ride is fitted. The TTS also makes use of aluminium fixed calliper brakes to slow the front wheels. These are 5kg lighter than on the previous model.

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