High performance Audi TTS debuts in Detroit
Jan 10, 2008
272PS and standard magnetic ride system for the most performance-focused TT to date.
- New, even higher performance version of acclaimed TT sports car available in Coupé and Roadster body styles
- Debuts at the North American International Auto Show on January 13 and is expected to open for UK order mid-2008
- Powered by an extensively modified version of the 2.0T FSI petrol engine, delivering 272PS and a peak torque of 350Nm between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm
- Coupé (manual): 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, limited 155mph top speed, 29.7mpg, Roadster: 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, limited 155mph top speed, 29.3mpg
- Suspension, steering and brakes revised to complement enhanced performance
- Standard Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system for optimum handling composure
The ‘S’ emblem that spells extraordinary performance in the Audi range graces the TT for the first time this month when the new, even more focused version of the iconic sports car debut at the North American International Auto Show (January 19 to 27). Destined for the UK in mid-2008 in both Coupé and Roadster body styles, the TTS earns its esteemed badge through a specially developed, 272PS Turbo FSI petrol engine, complemented by state-of-the-art chassis technology.
The TTS is Audi’s most extreme production TT to date. Extensive revisions to the TT's acclaimed 2.0 litre turbo-charged, direct fuel injection petrol engine have boosted its power from 200PS to 272PS, and its torque from 280Nm to 350Nm, available between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm. Linked to six-speed, close ratio manual, transmission the enhanced unit slingshots the TTS Coupé from rest to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds, and on the German Autobahn it is only curtailed by its electronic limiter at 155mph. With the optional S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission acceleration times are reduced by a further two-tenths of a second in both the Coupé and Roadster models.
In addition to the evocative ‘S’ insignia, the front of the TTS features newly designed bi-xenon headlamps incorporating Audi's trademark LED strip daytime running lights; larger air intakes; and aluminium-look mirror housings on the doors. The profile view is enhanced by deeper side skirts and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, which can be swapped for 19-inch alternatives at extra cost. At the rear is a revised rear bumper with, for the first time in a TT, four tailpipes protruding from an extended diffuser, which subtly conveys the car’s extra performance capabilities.
Inside the car, enhancing its already highly regarded sports interior, are deep-set Alcantara and leather combination sports seats; exclusive ‘S’ instruments with white needles; metal pedals; and special aluminium trim elements.
Audi Space Frame® (ASF)
Streamlined by its revolutionary lightweight Audi Space Frame aluminium and steel hybrid body shell, and pinned to the road by a comprehensively modified, quattro four-wheel-drive-equipped chassis, the new TTS maximises the TT’s inherent 'fun factor' while retaining its safe, surefooted feel. Reworked power steering and enlarged brakes help the driver to fully enjoy the exceptional performance.
And, to guarantee the highest degree of agility in all situations, the innovative Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system is fitted as standard. The system’s sophisticated dampers are filled with a magnetorheological fluid, containing minute magnetic particles that can be influenced by an electromagnetic field. Applying a voltage to the system’s electromagnets affects the magnetic particles and therefore alters the viscosity of the fluid, increasing resistance to damper movement. This corrects pitch and roll when necessary, and reduces resistance when ride comfort takes precedence.
The new sports model is not only notable as the first TT to become a member of the esteemed Audi ‘S quattro series’, which includes extra special models such as the 450PS S8 quattro. Significantly, the TTS also debuts on the tenth anniversary of the TT, the Coupé version which became an overnight sensation following its launch in 1998.