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2015 Audi TTS Competition

The Audi stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year was the focus of a lot of attention with the reveal of the all-new TT, ushering in the third generation of the stylish sports coupe and roadster. But before the second-gen model gets the old heave-ho, Audi is giving it a few enhancements to send it out on a high note.

Stylistically, the 2015 Audi TT and TTS, both coupe and convertible, get a new single-frame grille and LED daytime running lights to make it better match its stablemates. The interior gets some upgraded equipment as well, but enthusiasts will be more intrigued by the optional Competition Package available on the TTS.

Like the package Audi rolled out to celebrate the 500,000th TT made, the new TTS Competition Package gets a fixed rear spoiler, five-spoke alloys, baseball-stitched leather seats with contrasting stitching and a choice of yellow or gray paints for the exterior.

Otherwise the MkII models carry over for their final year mechanically unchanged, with a 2.0-liter turbo four producing 211 horsepower in the TT and 265 in the TTS, with 0-60 times ranging from 5.6 seconds for the TT Roadster to 4.9 seconds for the TTS coupe. Details in the press release below.

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March 23rd, 2014

Geneva: Get a load of Audi’s TTs [w/videos + poll]

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2015 Audi TT

The third-generation Audi TT coupe has made its debut here at the Geneva Motor Show, showing an evolutionary design for the German automaker’s fashion-forward coupe. As expected, the new TT takes plenty of inspiration from the Sport Quattro Concept that debuted in Frankfurt last year, and it draws upon cues from the model’s past two generations.

After seeing it in person, the Autoblog crew on-site in Geneva is sort of torn about the new model. It’s crisp and well-proportioned, but in terms of its exterior design, it also doesn’t come off like a significant generational leap forward – the aesthetic distance between the original TT and the second-generation model was quite a bit larger. Of course, it’s hard to reimagine a design icon, and either way we’ll have to wait until we see the car on the road to make final judgments.

Audi is offering a trio of engines for the new TT, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel powerplant that’s good for 184 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque and an excellent 56 miles per gallon. On the gasoline front, Audi is offering two versions of its well-liked 2.0-liter TSI turbo-four. The less-powerful spec still offers up a healthy 230 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, while the higher-output 2.0T sends 310 hp and 280 lb-ft of twist to all four wheels in the TTS coupe. Potent stuff.

Inside, there’s a brand-new interior with a fresh, modern design, incorporating the slick Virtual Cockpit that debuted at CES earlier this year and temperature controls mounted in the air vents, which lowers the cockpit’s button count considerably. It certainly looks nice, and is decidedly more forward thinking than the exterior design, in our opinion.

All this discussion has us wondering: what generation of the TT design do you like best? Check out the videos below, vote in our poll and then have a look at a fresh set of TT pics in the gallery above.

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March 5th, 2014

Geneva: Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept takes the next-gen to the extreme

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Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept

There’s little doubt that the new Audi TTS and its 310-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will be very quick when released to the general public. As a means of reminding us that Audi can do much more with the little TT, though, the German manufacturer has presented this, the TT Quattro Sport Concept, alongside its litter of new sports cars.

Complete with a 420-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine – yes, it really puts out 210 horsepower per liter – the TT Quattro Sport can snap to 62 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. 331 pound-feet of torque is also on offer, meaning this one-off TT outguns the TTS by 110 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque.

An S-Tronic transmission shuffles the power about, while the car itself rides on a lowered and stiffened suspension. 20-inch alloys are featured with centrally locking, racing-style hubs. Those racy wheels are housed in wells that have had their arches stretched an additional 1.18 inches, which, along with the lowered suspension, contribute to the TT’s aggressive looks.

Aerodynamic tweaks include a rear diffuser formed from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and that meaty rear wing. The fascia, meanwhile, sports an inset grille with a new, hexagonal insert and larger air intakes below the headlights.

In the cabin, the TT takes its racing character to the extreme, removing unnecessary components like speakers and arm rests, while items like the seats have been replaced by lighter variants.

Take a look at the top of the page for our full gallery of live photos. We’ve also included a few of the images released by Audi below, along with an official press release.

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March 4th, 2014

Geneva: Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept takes the next-gen to the extreme

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There’s little doubt that the new Audi TTS and its 310-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will be very quick when released to the general public. As a means of reminding us that Audi can do much more with the little TT, though, the German manufacturer has presented this, the TT Quattro Sport Concept, alongside its litter of new sports cars.

Complete with a 420-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine – yes, it really puts out 210 horsepower per liter – the TT Quattro Sport can snap to 62 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. 331 pound-feet of torque is also on offer, meaning this one-off TT outguns the TTS by 110 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque.

An S-Tronic transmission shuffles the power about, while the car itself rides on a lowered and stiffened suspension. 20-inch alloys are featured with centrally locking, racing-style hubs. Those racy wheels are housed in wells that have had their arches stretched an additional 1.18 inches, which, along with the lowered suspension, contribute to the TT’s aggressive looks.

Aerodynamic tweaks include a rear diffuser formed from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and that meaty rear wing. The fascia, meanwhile, sports an inset grille with a new, hexagonal insert and larger air intakes below the headlights.

In the cabin, the TT takes its racing character to the extreme, removing unnecessary components like speakers and arm rests, while items like the seats have been replaced by lighter variants.

Take a look at the top of the page for our full gallery of live photos. We’ve also included a few of the images released by Audi below, along with an official press release.

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March 4th, 2014

Geneva: Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept takes the next-gen to the extreme

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There’s little doubt that the new Audi TTS and its 310-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will be very quick when released to the general public. As a means of reminding us that Audi can do much more with the little TT, though, the German manufacturer has presented this, the TT Quattro Sport Concept, alongside its litter of new sports cars.

Complete with a 420-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine – yes, it really puts out 210 horsepower per liter – the TT Quattro Sport can snap to 62 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. 331 pound-feet of torque is also on offer, meaning this one-off TT outguns the TTS by 110 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque.

An S-Tronic transmission shuffles the power about, while the car itself rides on a lowered and stiffened suspension. 20-inch alloys are featured with centrally locking, racing-style hubs. Those racy wheels are housed in wells that have had their arches stretched an additional 1.18 inches, which, along with the lowered suspension, contribute to the TT’s aggressive looks.

Aerodynamic tweaks include a rear diffuser formed from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and that meaty rear wing. The fascia, meanwhile, sports an inset grille with a new, hexagonal insert and larger air intakes below the headlights.

In the cabin, the TT takes its racing character to the extreme, removing unnecessary components like speakers and arm rests, while items like the seats have been replaced by lighter variants.

Take a look at the top of the page for our full gallery of live photos. We’ve also included a few of the images released by Audi below, along with an official press release.

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March 4th, 2014

Official: 2015 Audi TT and TTS fully revealed

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2015 Audi TT

The base 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder with standard stop-start churns out 184 hp, 280 lb-ft of torque, and returns a hugely impressive 56 mpg.

Ladies and gents, here’s your new Audi TT. The third-generation of Audi’s two-seat sports car made its debut under the lights at Volkswagen’s all-encompassing Group Night.

Drawing inspiration from both the original TT and the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, the new TT is more of an evolution of the second-generation’s look, wearing the same basic shape. The rear is reminiscent of the first TT, with the rounded look of the fenders and taillights meeting with the roofline to offer a stylish form factor that’s accented by a subtle set of twin exhausts. As with the gen-two car, that sloping rear hides a spoiler that deploys automatically at 75 miles per hour. The front, meanwhile, with its sculpted grille and headlights, reminds us quite forcibly of Audi’s heritage-inspired concepts, the Quattro and the aforementioned Sport Quattro.

Under hood, there will be three powertrains available. The base is a 2.0-liter, TDI four-cylinder with standard stop-start that churns out 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, all while returning in a hugely impressive 56 miles per gallon. It’ll hit 62 miles per hour in a reasonable 7.2 seconds. The TT with the TDI mill is only available with front-wheel drive, and is as-yet unconfirmed for the US market. We’ll keep our fingers crossed…

The two engines we’re most likely to see stateside are variations of Audi’s popular 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The base engine delivers 230 hp and 272 lb-feet of torque, which can be delivered through either a six-speed manual to the front wheels or through a six-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. As with the TDI option, the past several years of TT indicate that we shouldn’t count on a FWD, manual-trans model. Equipped with the 6MT, drivers can expect to hit 62 mpg in 6 seconds, while the DCT/Quattro model can get there in a scant 5.3. Both cars are limited to 155 mph.

For those with a heavier foot, Audi’s second-generation TTS should fill the bill, offering up 310 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0T. A six-speed manual will be available as standard (again, probably not for the US) while a six-speed S-tronic will also be available. 62 mph arrives in just 4.7 seconds, meaning it’s just 0.6 seconds slower than the limited-run TT RS.

We’ll have much more on the new TT tomorrow, live from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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March 3rd, 2014
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