2016 Audi TT and TTS Specifications, Price and Review

The 2016 Audi TT has made its debut at the last Los Angeles Auto Show. The new roadster is expected to be initially offered in two trims, TT and TTS trims. The third generation Audi TT and TTS carries over sharper exterior look, more powerful engine options and sophisticated interior. That being said, the new roadster has a sporty look which has never seen in previous models.

2016 Audi TT & TTS Yellow with Sea Background

Exterior

The new 2016 Audi TT is roughly 100 pounds lighter, 25 percent stiffer, and significantly more powerful than the current model. The vast majority of the TT’s exterior panels are crafted from aluminum and the entire body-in-white (the unibody shell of the car without componentry) is said to weigh just 608 pounds. When the 2016 version arrives in the U.S. in fall 2015, it will include the VW Group’s new MQB scalable platform (think Mk7 Golf, but with a shorter wheelbase). The wheelbase is longer than the current TT’s by 1.5 inches, though overall body length shrinks by four-hundredths of an inch because of the shorter overhangs.

2016 Audi TT & TTS Yellow in Front of A Building

Interior

Audi has simplified and decluttered the dashboard, eliminating the central display in the process. All information, including the navigation map, is now directly in front of the driver, on an ultra-high-quality TFT display that renders almost every other in-car screen obsolete. One trick sees a huge map digitally dismiss the tach and speedometer to the outer corners of the screen.

The HVAC controls, as well as the heated-seat controls, are hidden in the five air vents. And the MMI infotainment system, which now features the brand’s touch-pad interface, can also be operated from the steering wheel. The ultra-clean interior looks futuristic and is free of distractions. Co-drivers may complain about the lack of a central screen, but this is a sports car, right? As for rear accommodations, we suggest just folding those seats down for the extra cargo space; for adults, the claustrophobic rear compartment is an imposition. (Not that Audi promises much. It says the rear seats aren’t recommended for anyone above four feet, nine inches tall.)

2016 Audi TT & TTS Interior Driver Centered Console

Powertrain

The Audi TT is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with turbocharging and direct injection, making 230 hp and 273 lb-ft. The engine in the high-performance TTS might have the same displacement—2.0 liters—but there’s more turbo boost, and all the core moving parts are stronger to suit, bringing its numbers up to 310 hp and 280 lb-ft. Six-speed S-tronic automated manual gearboxs do the shifting, and while you’re not rowing your own, they’re quicker and just as satisfying.

TT models get to 60 mph in as little as 5.3 seconds, while the TTS can do it in 4.6 seconds. That’s improved performance over the previous version, and part of the reason is a new aluminum-and-steel composite construction that builds both on the VW Group’s MQB platform and engineering expertise from the R8 sports car—resulting in a weight reduction of up to 110 pounds versus the outgoing model. And as in previous TT models, a powered spoiler extends at 75 mph or retracts at 44 mph; and it generates about 110 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. It’s not something that’s going to make much of a difference at U.S. freeway speeds, but it’s a bragging right—as is a new launch control feature for the stability system.

The TT will likely be offered only in all-wheel-drive quattro form in the U.S.; this version packs the latest, Audi-tuned Haldex clutch-pack system, which will send more power to the rear wheels when it’s needed, or preemptively to make the car more balanced in sporty driving (it responds not only to accelerator inputs, but steering too).

2016 Audi TT & TTS Rear View with Panoramic Background

Safety

Optional safety features will include rear-mounted radar sensors to improve the safety of lane changes, lane-keeping assist to prevent drifting from lanes, and parking assist to independently guide the TT into suitable parking spaces. “Smart” LED high beams can control individual lamps to maintain a broad throw of light without blinding oncoming traffic, although it’s unclear whether this feature will get past U.S. safety regulators.

2016 Audi TT and TTS Release Date and Price

Look for the 2016 Audi TT to hit the dealerships floor in the mid 2015 as 2016 model year, TTS variant will be there as well. Meanwhile, pricing is estimated to start around $40,000 for base version. The range-topper, TTS, will command around $52,000. More information should be available as the release date closing in, so stay tuned!

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