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Audi Nigeria reveals the all-new Audi TT Coup

Audi Nigeria is proud to introduce the third generation from the Audi TT Coup, the compact sports vehicle which captivates like a design icon with the driving dynamics of a genuine sports vehicle along with a revolutionary, fully digital cockpit.

The Audi TT was first introduced to South Africa in 2000 and signaled the new era for Audi design in the early 2000’s. The very first generation was fairly popular in South Africa having sold 1,968 units between 2000 and 2006. It had been accompanied by the second generation Audi TT that was a design departure from the first generation, but saw the TT undertake an elegant silhouette. This model sold as many as 2,840 units in the South African market. The model range contained a Coup and Roadster, in addition to performance models, the TTS and TTRS.

The third generation Audi TT Coup has taken many of its design cues from the first generation car. The contour from the sills produce a striking refracting edge, as the broad wheel arches form their very own geometric bodies. The front wheel arch breaches the line from the bonnet, which continues within the door as a tornado line and runs almost horizontally right through to the tail as a strong body shoulder. Its rear design and twin tailpipes will also be positioned nearer to the middle of the vehicle, reminiscent of the first generation Audi TT.

The front of the new TT is covered with lines of horizontal type. The three-dimensional Singleframe grille is much broader and flatter compared to the previous model, having a powerful line dividing it into two zones. Starting in the very best corners from the grille, sharp contours run in a V across the bonnet, which bears the four Audi rings – as on the Audi R8. The air intakes feature struts that direct part of the flow from the front towards the flanks.

Xenon plus headlights are standard, and Audi can optionally provide LED headlights or Audi Matrix LED headlights, where the high beam is generated by controllable individual LEDs. The LED headlights and Matrix LED headlights also include dynamic turn signals.

From the side, the new Audi TT is equally lean and muscular with a low stance. At 4.18 metres, the Coup is nearly exactly the same length as its predecessor, though its wheelbase is continuing to grow by 37 mm to 2,505 mm, making for especially short overhangs. It is 1,832 mm wide, and has the same height as the previous model at 1,353 mm.

The fuel flap around the right side panel may be the classic circle and surrounded by socket screws – again similar to the first-generation TT. A brand new feature is the fact that there is no nozzle cap underneath the flap. This means that the pump nozzle slots directly into the tank neck, a feature taken from Audi’s Le Mans car.

Specifically in the tail, horizontal lines and twin tailpipes underline the impression from the new TT’s sporty width. The third brake light is an extremely narrow strip positioned underneath the fringe of the trunk spoiler and plays a crucial part in defining the tail light silhouette.

Lightweight construction is among Audi’s greatest areas of expertise and impacts positively on acceleration, handling and fuel consumption. The second-generation Audi TT featured an Audi Space Frame (ASF) body produced from aluminum and steel. For the new TT, Audi has systematically taken this composite construction principle even more, therefore the Coup’s underbody structure has optimized axle loads and is made of modern, high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel alloys.

In the sections of the passenger cell that are susceptible to probably the most structural stress, form-hardened steel panels, that are both ultra-high-strength and light are utilized – these constitute 17 % from the body’s weight. Along side it sills and roof frame are made of extruded aluminum profiles which are integrated into the structure using cast aluminum nodes. This structural principle creates a very rigid and safe bodyshell. The aluminum side sections and roof complete the structure. The hood, doors and trunk lid are also made of this light metal.

Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in significantly reducing the unladen weight of the Audi TT. In the first model change in 2006, as much as 90 kg was saved, and the 2.0 TFSI engine variant from the new TT weighs just 1,230 kg – 50 kg lighter than its predecessor.

Undoubtedly the biggest revolution is in the interior of the new Audi TT. As with the outside, lines of horizontal type and surfaces emphasize the width while clear and purist lines underscore both the lightness and also the uncompromising sportiness of the Audi TT’s interior. Two other ingenious design and technically innovative tricks enabled the designers to create a musical instrument panel that’s the to begin this category. The instrument cluster and the MMI screen have been combined to form a central, digital unit – the Audi virtual cockpit.

In addition, the controls for the ac system are positioned directly in the air conditioning vents. Seat heating, temperature, direction, air distribution and air flow strength controls can be found at their centre, as the setting selected is shown on small displays in mid-air conditioning system.

The Audi Virtual Cockpit is really a fully digital instrument cluster which sets new standards using its dynamic animations and precise graphics. Drivers can choose between two display modes: In the classic view, the speedometer and rev counter have been in the foreground; in “infotainment” mode the virtual instruments are smaller. The space that becomes free consequently provides ample room for other functions, like the navigation map.

The operating concept for the new Audi TT continues to be revised in the ground up – using the consistent sports vehicle character, all of the elements concentrate on the driver. All functions can be activated from the multifunction controls if you don’t take your eyes off course.

Two toggle switches activate the navigation/map, telephone, radio and media menus. There are two buttons on sides of the central rotary pushbutton, supplemented by a main menu and a back button. The driver can certainly enter destinations while using touchpad on the top of the rotary pushbutton which recognizes your individual handwriting. It is also possible to scroll through lists or focus on maps.

With a resolution of just one,440 x 540 pixels, the 12.3″ TFT screen boasts brilliantly sharp images. At the office in the background is a Tegra 30 graphic processor from market leader Nvidia’s Tegra 3 series.

Audi South Africa will offer the new Audi TT having a four-cylinder engine including turbocharging and direct injection. The two.0 TFSI petrol engine combines athletic power with trailblazing efficiency and start-stop as a standard feature.

The 2.0 TFSI will come in two versions – a 169 kW front-wheel drive version, in addition to a 169 kW quattro version. It delivers a torque figure of 370 Nm from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm. It accelerates the two.0T FSI S tronic front-wheel drive from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, as much as an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The fuel consumption with this seven-speed S tronic model is 6.3 litres per 100 km with a corresponding CO2 emissions figure of 146 g/km.

On the version with six-speed S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.3 seconds; top speed is 250 km/h; fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 159 g per km. The dual-clutch transmission shifts through the six gears with no noticeable interruption in traction, and in manual model it may be controlled by paddles around the steering wheel. In the “efficiency” mode of Audi drive select, the S tronic selects freewheel when the driver takes their foot off the gas pedal.

In the brand new Audi TT, quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers additional stability, traction and driving fun. It’s been consistently advanced and optimized especially for the brand new TT. Its electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch is mounted on the rear axle. The special pump design reduces weight by around 1.5 kg in contrast to the prior model. The distribution of drive torque between the axles is controlled electronically within fractions of the second.

The intelligence of quattro drive – the software that determines precisely the possible torque distribution between your front and rear axles – is a completely new development especially for the TT. The innovative control philosophy continuously senses the ambient conditions, driving status and also the driver’s wishes. Which means that the perfect distribution of torque is calculated and the TT’s dynamic drive characteristics enhanced in every situation.

By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, the driver of the new Audi TT may change the all-wheel-drive properties to match his or her individual requirements. In “auto” mode, this produces optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics. In “dynamic” mode, torque is shipped towards the rear axle earlier and to a greater degree, which means that driving dynamics are enhanced further, especially on surfaces with low friction coefficients.

The front suspension is dependant on a McPherson system; aluminum components reduce the weight from the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately.

The Audi TT Coup will be offered in South Africa with a significant level of standard equipment, the following:

Audi TT Coup 2.0T FSI S tronic:

  • Virtual cockpit with Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi music interface with USB
  • Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
  • Alcantara/ leather upholstery
  • Light/rain sensor
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather-trimmed, 3-spoke flat bottom multi-function controls Plus with shift paddles
  • Front sports seats
  • Cruise control system
  • Digital air conditioning
  • LED interior lighting

Audi TT Coup 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic:

  • New generation quattro? all-wheel drive with adjustable torque split via drive select
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Milano leather upholstery
  • Exterior and interior quattro badges
  • Virtual cockpit with Audi MMI navigation Plus and Touchpad control
  • Xenon headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi music interface with USB
  • Bluetooth interface with audio streaming
  • Light/rain sensor
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather-trimmed, 3-spoke flat bottom multi-function steering wheel Plus with shift paddles
  • Front sports seats
  • Cruise control system
  • Digital air conditioning
  • LED interior lighting

The new Audi TT Coup will be priced the following, standard using the 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan:

  • Audi TT Coup 2.0T FSI S tronic: R 558,000
  • Audi TT Coup 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic: R 642,000

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