What Are They?
2015 Audi TT and TTS
What's New About These Models?
The third-generation Audi TT gets an evolutionary exterior redesign, a groundbreaking and futuristic cockpit, along with three engines. The Audi TTS is the high-performance model.
When Do They Go on Sale?
The 2015 Audi TT and TTS will arrive at U.S. dealerships sometime in 2015.
How Much Does Each Cost?
Pricing has not been announced, but car shoppers should expect the TT to be priced from around $40,000, while the TTS is likely to be priced starting around $52,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Audi TT is a 2+2 sport coupe, while the TTS is available as a 2+2 sport coupe or two-place roadster. Audi of America has not yet specified trim levels.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Do They Have?
Plans for the U.S. lineup have not been finalized, but we expect the following engines to be part of the lineup:
• 2.0-liter, turbocharged and direct-injection inline four-cylinder gasoline engine: 230 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque (Audi TT)
• 2.0-liter, turbocharged and direct-injection inline four-cylinder gasoline engine: 310 hp, 280 lb-ft of torque (Audi TTS)
• Six-speed manual transmission is standard in TT and TTS. A fuel-saving stop-start system is a standard feature. A six-speed S tronic automated dual-clutch manual transmission is optional. The S tronic option on the TTS includes launch control, which regulates maximum acceleration from a standstill.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The cabin of the 2015 Audi TT features a revolutionary design that is expected to make driver operations faster, simpler and safer. The fully digital instrument cluster allows the driver to choose between two functional and versatile display modes. In the "classic" view, the speedometer and rev counter are in the foreground; in "infotainment" mode, the virtual instruments are smaller. The Audi TTS gets a third, "sporty" mode, in which the centrally positioned rev counter dominates the display. So cutting-edge is this cabin that it debuted in January at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, not a traditional auto show.
The Audi TT also features a voice control system, another groundbreaking feature. In this case, natural voice controls are used that enable simple commands, such as "Take me to Munich."
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The 2015 Audi TT and TTS will come with a long list of standard safety items, including knee airbags, antilock brakes, stability control and hill hold assist. New optional assistance systems include Audi side assist, which uses rear-mounted radar sensors to help drivers change lanes more safely and Audi active lane assist, which helps the driver, if required, by steadily correcting steering or warning if there is any danger of drifting out of your lane. Other systems include traffic sign recognition and a park assist system with a display of surroundings. This system independently guides the car into suitable parking spaces.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
BMW Z4: The BMW Z4 is one of the more intriguing sports cars available and remains an excellent choice for consumers looking for a classic design. It will be interesting to watch if and when BMW decides to tweak the cabin of the Z4 to come up to the TT's new standards.
Porsche Boxster: The Porsche Boxster remains one of the more affordable sports cars in the segment, and its German masters have been conservative in the car's redesign. The Boxster was redesigned for 2013, but the changes are not as dramatic as those of the 2015 TT. Traditionalists will probably feel most at home here.
Porsche Cayman: The 2014 Porsche Cayman represents the first total redesign of this highly desirable and somewhat affordable machine. The center stack has been cleaned up, but designers stopped short of a radical approach.
Should You Wait for It?
The 2015 Audi TT is that rare mix of revolution and retro. The look of the redesigned TT harks back to the first generation's classic design, while the cabin seems like something Iron Man, a tech junkie, would feel at home in. In other words, the 2015 TT will please its loyal fan base, while drawing in new customers.