After months of teasers and previews, Audi has finally revealed the 2016 Audi TT sports coupe at the 2014 Geneva auto show. The new TT is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform, features an innovative interior design, and boasts a stylish look that breaks new ground while still retaining design cues from previous TT models.
Audi is emphasizing this generation of the Audi TT as even more of a sports car than before. It certainly looks more aggressive, with a large front grille flanked by angular, swept-back headlights that lead into a strong side character line that runs the length of the profile. The rounded rear end still looks much like previous TT coupes, but with a wider stance and a more prominent lower rear fascia. The overall look closely follows the sharp Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept from this year’s Detroit auto show, and the TT’s front end design is likely to appear on other Audi models going forward.
In Europe, Audi will initially offer the TT in three flavors: a diesel TT with a 2.0-liter TDI powertrain, a standard TT with the ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder, and a performance-oriented TT with an uprated version of this same turbocharged engine. While we don’t expect to see the diesel on our shores, the 2.0T-powered TT and TTS are likely to be the first variants sold in the U.S. The standard Audi TT makes 230 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque and pairs with a standard six-speed manual and front-wheel drive. Quattro is optional, as is Audi’s S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The TTS comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive and produces an impressive 310 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from the same direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder. Audi says a dual-clutch-equipped, TT Quattro will get from 0 to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds, with a TTS Quattro doing the same deed in a 4.7 seconds.
We look forward to driving the new TT, as these energetic powertrains in combination with a lower overall weight should make for a more engaging driving experience. The new TT continues to use its predecessor’s space frame body, and builds on this composite construction with greater use of aluminum and high-strength steel alloys than before. A magnetic adaptive damping system is optional on the TT and standard on the TTS, and Audi is touting the TT’s optional Audi Drive Select system that can alter the suspension firmness, steering assistance, transmission shifts, and throttle response depending on which mode the driver selects. For sharper handling, the TTS has a slightly lowered suspension and special aluminum front brakes.
In addition to the 2016 Audi TT’s new look and performance enhancements, the car’s interior is completely redone and shows a new design direction that should make its way onto other Audi models in the future. The most revolutionary aspect is the absence of a central display screen. In its place is a multifunction LCD screen that’s positioned in front of the driver to replace a traditional gauge cluster.This screen displays everything from a speedometer and tachometer to navigation and audio information is controlled by an updated version of Audi’s MMI multimedia interface that has a new touchpad. Also present in the new Audi TT’s interior are cool new climate controls that are placed in the center of the air vents themselves.
The new Audi TT debuting in Geneva is still in Euro-spec form, so we don’t know which features and equipment combinations will be available when the car makes its debut in the U.S. We expect that the Audi TT will be a 2016 model when it officially arrives here sometime in 2015. In the meantime, look for more live photos of the new Audi TT once the Geneva show officially opens its doors tomorrow.