Before the R8 supercar became the darling of Audi performance and passion-filled motoring, the TT stood as the driver-centric vehicle in the German luxury brand’s line-up. First offered as a roadster in 1998 with a hardtop coupe coming later, the Audi TT presented the design, performance and equipment to be a fun-loving beast on the road exhibiting the sharpest measure of quattro all-wheel drive. While the car’s eye-catching design and ample performance has remained, there has recently been a long wait for Audi’s response to improving on what has been the winning formula known as the TT sports car. Teasing a view of the new TT’s interior at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show among their showcase at the exhibition earlier this year, Audi has removed the covers off the entire vehicle for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Premiering as the third-generation Audi TT to the world, the Geneva introduction of the new vehicle is realized as a stouter performer and a beacon for Audi’s innovative technology.
As is the case of iconic automobiles such as the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang, the Audi TT must have presented a touchy situation for car designers. With the traditional TT look being so acclaimed, any attempts to modify the appearance had to be performed for a greater good. In addition, too much change would alienate the crowd who had adored the previous two generations of the Audi TT. Fortunately from what has debuted in Geneva, a harmonious balance was found. In coupe form, the essence of the familiar Audi TT remains but some modern touches. The all-new Audi TT receives a bold Singleframe grille with a hexagonal shape. Redesigned headlights do not directly adhere to other Audi products but includes the company’s innovation lighting technology. Standard equipped with Xenon plus, Audi’s Matrix LED headlights will also be available on the new TT (the latter‘s appearance in the United States is still pending regulatory hurdles).
Improvements in the shaping of the new TT sports car’s Audi Space Frame and the application of aluminum and light steel have provided a leaner third-generation vehicle. Compared to the previous TT, Audi claims to have shaved over 110 pounds of weight when creating the new sports car. The body structure has not been only location where engineers of the new Audi TT have been able to create a lighter weight machine. Efforts placed into weight savings has also been found in the interior with standard seats weighing more than 11 pounds less.
Revealed in January, the interior of the all-new Audi TT is a mergence of sportiness, ergonomics and comfort. Audi wanted to create an aircraft-like appearance with the dashboard layout for the new TT as they developed a cockpit consisting of streamlined controls. The highly visible large circular vents along the dash panel stylishly contain the operational controls for the air conditioning. Gripping onto a flattened rim steering wheel with multifunction controls, the driver of the third-generation Audi TT is presented with a fully digital instrument cluster. Described as the Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT display eliminates the need for the typical center screen by presenting lists and even maps directly in front of the driver. Standard with MMI radio, the Audi TT will also feature an available MMI touch as well as the MMI Navigation plus unit. Connectivity with 4G LTE technology will support the high-tech in-car solutions for the Audi TT.
In addition to the base TT Coupe, Audi is showing the TTS version for the third-generation sports car. Featuring an increased array of standard features such the dynamic driving system, magnetic ride control, automatic air conditioning and a special aluminum fixed-caliper braking system, the Audi TTS continues to be suited for the performance-seeker.
The powerplants for the Audi TT and TTS have been heavily sweetened in the newest incarnation of the sports car. Still a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, gasoline powerplants feature the enhancement of Audi valve lift system allows the coaxing of even greater horsepower. With a front-wheel drive or a quattro all-wheel drive version set to be available, the 2.0 TFSI engine on the Audi TT will generate 230 horsepower (a 19 horsepower improvement over the outgoing vehicle). For the new TTS, output from the engine is rated at 310 horsepower. Still short of the Audi TT RS, the 45 horsepower boost allows the Audi TTS model to launch from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. A third 2.0 TDI has also been announced for the Audi TT producing 184 horsepower and stubborn 280 pounds feet of torque. North American buyers of the new Audi TT can at least expect to find gasoline engines available for purchase. Fans of stick shifters will rejoice with the existence of six-speed manual transmissions being offered on both the TT and TTS model. Audi’s S tronic dual-clutch transmission is optional on the new version of the sports car.
The global premiere of the Audi TT in Geneva has largely focused on the 2+2 passenger Coupe as well as the TTS Coupe. Left out but certainly to be not neglected, Audi would be entering a heap of trouble if they do not debut the convertible roadster variant of the Audi TT. Until that time, the 2014 Geneva Motor Show will have a number of other fine Audi creations to delight the eyes. The Audi S1 and S3 Cabriolet as well as a TT quattro sport concept are premiere vehicles appearing as part of their massive display that also featured the latest R18 e-tron quattro prototype sports car.
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Propelling the Audi division to new heights of recognition in the luxury car class, the road-going version R8 supercar was just the ingredient needed for the German brand’s ultimate thrust into becoming a global player. After more than a decade where fans of the four-ring badge were begging to see quattro drive and Audi’s technologically driven engineering, the R8 Coupe’s introduction in 2007 was an instant hit. The rollout of the Audi R8 Spyder for 2010 as a 2011 model year only sweetened the decedent taste of the supercar. In truth sharing many components with the Italian-badged Lamborghini Gallardo, the Audi R8’s ability to create a distinct personality for itself has given it a fierce roar in the face of fellow home country rivals Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Tweaking their halo car for 2013, the Audi R8 package receives a gentle retuning.
Is it a reinvention of the Audi R8 supercar? No. In fact, the changes to the exterior are largely negligible to the 2012 model. A mild retouch to the front grille offers additional detail to the R8’s air intakes. The one major expression of advancement in 2013 is the range-wide implementation of the all-LED headlamps. The highly responsive lighting is also found towards the rear of the 2013 Audi R8 vehicles. A factory-installed carbon fiber front splitter is optional on the standard 2013 Audi R8 Coupe and Spyder models.
According to Audi announcement for their 2013 models of the R8 V8 versions, the standard wheels will be downgraded to 18-inches from 19 inches equipped on the 2012 car. The 19-inch wheels will be included on the V10 variants of the Audi R8 for 2013. The braking system on the vehicle has been reworked to reduce almost 4.5 pounds without sacrificing stopping performance.
For the performance of movement, the 430-horsepower 4.2 FSI V-8 and the 525-horsepower 5.2 liter V-10 powerplants return to availability in both the Coupe as well as the Spyder models of the Audi R8 for 2013. Trusted in transferring the 430-horsepower through the Audi R8 V8’s quattro all-wheel drive system will be a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. For 2013, a new 7-speed S tronic transmission has been added as optional on the V8 and standard on the V10 models of the Audi R8. Providing an additional gear over the previous S tronic gearbox found in the R8 supercar, the 7-speed allows darts from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds with the V10 Coupe.
The biggest addition in 2013 comes as a ‘plus’ to Audi R8 buyers. A 550-horsepower propelled top model, the new Audi R8 V10 plus model is almost the equal of the current R8 GT. In acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour, the Audi V10 plus model storms in 3.5 seconds with the 7-speed S tronic transmission. A 6-speed manual is also available with the V10 plus model sacrificing acceleration for a higher top speed of 198 miles per hour. The performance-loaded, 550-horsepower supercar package also includes carbon fiber front splitter, mirrors and for the engine compartment area. A specially tuned suspension system designed to help drivers master the Audi R8 plus while the occupants ride in sport bucket seats. The 2013 Audi R8 plus will only is available as a coupe. Inside, a Carbon Sigma inlays is standard on the Audi R8 plus with personalization options also in reach for owners allowing their supercar to specifically speak to individual tastes.
United States pricing for the 2013 Audi R8 line is yet to be announced.
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