Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Marcus De Guzman | posted November 09, 2015 11:49
Third generation Audi TT Coupe makes PH debut
After debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the third-generation Audi TT Coupe is now in the Philippines, after PGA Cars, Inc., the official distributor of Audi cars in the country, held its official launch at Audi Global City in Taguig City.
Now looking more aggressive and featuring a lightweight, rigid frame, the third generation TT continues the sportiness of the classic compact sports car that first saw production back in 1998.
Starting with the chassis, it utilizes the Audi Space Frame (ASF) body that is a mix of steel and aluminum. The underbody is fully comprised of high strength steel and ultra high-strength steel alloys. The passenger cell, on the other hand, is constructed out of form-hardened steel (A combination of both ultra- and high-strength steel). According to Audi, this type of steel is best for handling structural stress.
The car’s side sections, roof frame, hood, doors and trunk lid are completely made out of aluminum, which contributes to the car’s light weight. In total, the all-new TT weighs in at only 1,335 kg, which allows for better acceleration and cornering, according to Audi.
As previously stated, the TT now looks more menacing but retains key design features from the original coupe. Immediately apparent is the car’s resemblance with Audi’s flagship supercar, the R8. The Singleframe grill is now broader and flatter, according to the company, while the hood itself has contours that form a V-shaped design.
Perhaps the most striking feature of the front is its 3D-designed headlights. Base models come standard with HID illumination while the higher-grade S-line carries Audi’s LED Matrix technology. With it, each headlight has 12 LEDs and delivers better lighting at night.
Towards the side, the distinct silhouette has been carried over and is updated with new character lines and a slight kink in the rear side window. The signature fuel flap with the exposed ‘Allen’ bolts is still present on the right rear quarter panel. For the third-generation however, it has no tank lid beneath the flap. This allows the pump fuel nozzle to slot right into the tank neck, just like in motor racing. Rounding it all off is a set of new alloy wheels that are available in either 18- or 19-inches, depending on the model.
The rear has new taillights that highlight the horizontal lines of the car. It also features a spoiler that extends to provide more downforce at speeds beginning at 120 km/h. The spoiler can also be manipulated manually via an onboard switch.
Inside, the horizontal lines and sporty theme continues. With a ‘less is more’ approach, the interior is both sporty and functional, with most of the controls within easy reach and easily recognizable. Its climate control system is noteworthy as all of the necessary displays and controls are built-in on the center of the vents (via an LCD with dial), freeing up space on the center console, and making up for a cleaner finish.
All of the necessary driver and infotainment functions/information are channeled to the 12.3-inch TFT screen that encompasses the entire instrument cluster. Controlling the system can be done by manipulating the central rotary buttons and the touchpad. The latter can recognize one’s handwriting when one opts to ‘write’ their desired destination. It also has two modes; Classic, which only shows the rev counter and speedometer; and Infotainment, wherein the gauges are smaller to make space for the infotainment menu and functions.
Under the hood, the TT is driven by a 2.0-liter TFSI inline-four that provides 230 PS at 4,500 – 6,200 rpm along with 370 Nm of torque that is available between 1,600 – 4,300 rpm. All of that power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 5.9 seconds while top speed is achieved at 250 km/h.
Optional extras available for the new TT include: MMI Navigation with two card readers and large flash memory, side assist via mounted radar sensors, camera-based traffic recognition, active lane assist and park assist.
Other variants such as Quattro models and the range-topping RS are slated to arrive sometime next year.
Audi TT Coupe – PhP 4,400,000
Audi TT Coupe S Line – PhP 4,900,000