The Big Reveal: How the 2015 Audi TT and TTS Stack-Up Mar21


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The Big Reveal: How the 2015 Audi TT and TTS Stack-Up

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We’re only now just getting used to writing 2014 on documents, but car manufacturers are already looking ahead. This forward thinking has led Audi to reveal its 2015 TT and TTS models at the Geneva Motor Show.

But how do these third-generation vehicles stack up to the current crop?

Sporty Looks On the Outside

The exteriors of the 2015 TT and TTS seem to have naturally evolved from the models that came before. The basic shapes remain the same, but there are a few tweaks that make the latest models seem more aggressive and determined on the ground.

The curves of the fenders will remind onlookers of the original TT. The sloping rear, which hides a spoiler, was pioneered in the second generation. The sculpted grille and headlights are classic Audi trademarks that borrow from the recent Sport Quattro. The chiselled front end makes the newest TT and TTS look a little meaner than the 2006 version, especially if you choose the optional Matrix LED headlights. The wheelbase has also grown to make it appear more surefooted and perform more stably at speed.

Power Under the Hood

Of course, driving an Audi is about more than turning heads. Audi knows this and equips the TT and TTS with responsive, sporty engines. There are a few versions that seem unlikely to make it to the U.S. market, including the manual transmissions and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel four. However, American motorists certainly won’t feel slighted by the options set to hit local shores.

The base TT features a peppy 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 230 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. It’ll hit 62 mph in six seconds, but with a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, that drops to just 5.3 seconds.

If you want more grunt under the hood, look to the TTS and its upgraded 2.0-liter TFSI engine. Its 310 horsepower and 280 pound-foot of torque help it reach 6.2 mph in a mere 4.7 seconds.

On Road Performance

The performance of the TT and TTS is about more than what’s under the hoods, though. Those enlarged wheelbases give both vehicles more confidence on the road, while their lightweight steel and aluminium frames add some extra zip. The base 2.0 TFSI model is about 110 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and you can really feel that difference on the road.

Tech-Savvy Style on the Inside

The interiors of the TT and TTS complete the diving experience. Audi calls them “virtual cockpits,” and while the dashboard’s smooth lines look a little like an airplane’s wing, it’s much sleeker than the interior of any aircraft. Instead of gauges and dials, Audi offers a chic 12.3-inch LCD monitor. This can be reconfigured so drivers only see what they want. The pioneering feature is set to be rolled out through other Audi models in the coming years.

The TT and TTS are also amongst the first Audis to come with LTE connectivity so you can tune into your favorite Internet radio stations on the go.

With its 2015 TT and TTS, Audi proves that it’s one car manufacturer that continues to set the standard.