Following the successful launch of the all-new Audi TT to South Africa in February 2015, Audi South Africa is proud to introduce the Audi TTS Coupé, the new performance “S” model in the compact sports car range.
The Audi TTS was first introduced to South Africa with the second generation Audi TT in 2008 and was sold in limited volumes. It now returns in the third generation with the 2.0T FSI engine shared from the Audi S3 range, producing 210 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque with a 0-100 km/h sprint taking just 4.8 seconds. It has a combined fuel consumption of 7.1l/100 km and a corresponding CO2 emissions figure of 164g/km.
The Audi TTS will only be available in Coupé bodystyle and S tronic transmission, including the launch control function which regulates maximum acceleration from a standstill position. Controllable flaps in the exhaust system modulate the sporty sound and make it even richer. quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers additional stability, traction and driving fun. It has been consistently advanced and optimized especially for the new TTS. Its electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch is mounted on the rear axle. The special pump design reduces weight by around 1.5 kg compared with the previous model. The distribution of drive torque between the axles is controlled electronically within fractions of a second.
By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, the driver can adjust the all-wheel-drive properties to suit their individual requirements. In “auto” mode, this produces optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics. In “dynamic” mode, torque is distributed to the rear axle earlier and to a higher degree, which means that driving dynamics are enhanced further, especially on surfaces with low friction coefficients.
From the exterior, the TTS shares the normal Audi TT’s elegant design with a few additional details to highlight its sportiness and its body is lowered by 10mm. With its TTS specific grille, wider air intakes and four-rear exhaust pipes, there’s no doubt the TTS is a member of the Audi “S” family. Combined with 19-inch wheels as standard and aluminium-look exterior mirrors, the TTS is instantly recognisable.
Shorter overhangs at both the front and rear, coupled with a lengthened wheelbase over the previous generation, makes for an even sportier looking TTS. The ride comfort and driving dynamics are also further improved by this change, which almost has the effect of giving the Audi TTS the proportions of a mid-engine sports car.
A noteworthy visual highlight of the Audi TTS is its headlights in three-dimensional design. A display of characteristic progressiveness in technology, the headlights fitted on the new Audi TTS are full LED as standard with Audi Matrix LED offered as an option. LED headlights allow for precise, near-daylight illumination of the road using low energy LED technology.
From an interior perspective, the Audi TTS shares its neat and innovative interior with the rest of the range, however is adorned with TTS badging throughout. The revolutionary Audi Virtual Cockpit is fitted as standard on the TTS, and offers a new dimension in interior interaction and ergonomics. Combined with the Audi MMI control interface with Touchpad, the system allows for easy and intuitive operation.
With its high resolution 12,3” LCD screen and powerful Nvidia processor, the Virtual Cockpit provides a glare free and crystal clear display. The driver can control many of the features via either the multi-function steering wheel, whole-word voice control or via the MMI operating system. The Audi Navigation system Plus featuring 3D terrain graphics and more immersive city models, is also standard on all models along with Bluetooth with audio streaming, Audi music interface with USB inputs and a hard disc for storing music and video files. In the TTS, special graphics are included with the option of configuring a central rev-counter display for a more sporty driving feel.