The TT gave Audi new credibility when the concept debuted in 1995, and following its worldwide launch in 1998.? While many companies tried to copy the original TT's style and philosophy, there were many production breakthroughs that occurred with the vehicle. One included laser welding in the C pillar, and another included a dual factory production system that originated at Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, and finished in Gyoer, Hungary.? Audi has continued the TT's evolution with the latest generation (launched April 2007 as a 2008 model year) and with its product improvement for model year 2011.
Staying true to the marriage of form and function, the TT offers a higher level of performance. Innovative features and options include the mixed aluminum and steel Audi Space Frame, Audi magnetic ride damping system and S tronic dual clutch transmission capable of 0.2-second shift times. Larger in every aspect except for height, the TT offers considerable functionality among its competitors. The Coupe, in particular, offers 50/50 folding seats providing enough room to store two golf bags. The Roadster also offers a load-through facility with ski bag.
The aluminum/steel Audi Space Frame that all TT models are built from allows the car to be both larger and lighter than the previous model, while increasing torsional rigidity. In fact, ASF allows the Roadster to be even more rigid than the previous generation coupe; the Roadster has 58% aluminum and 42% steel and is 120% more rigid than its predecessor but 188 lb lighter. The Coupe has 69% aluminum, 31% steel and is 50% more rigid than its predecessor, and 166 lb lighter.? Since model year 2010, the TT line has been offered exclusively with quattro all-wheel drive. The TT is the only all-wheel drive sports car in its class ?
Building on the innovations, the TTS is the flagship model, delivering performance through the most powerful engine in the line-up, standard quattro all-wheel drive and Audi magnetic ride.?
The TTS model's direct injected, turbocharged 2.0TFSI engine with 133hp per liter offers both exceptional acceleration and class leading fuel economy, while also achieving a ULEV II emissions rating. (0-60: Coupe 4.9sec, Roadster 5.1sec; MPG: 21city/29hwy/24combined). ??
2011 TTS goes on sale in Fall 2010, while the TT 2.0 TFSI quattro goes on sale in the first quarter of 2011.