2016 Audi TT Redesign — Wait Until You See The Specs
The new 2016 Audi TT had its debut at the Geneva Auto Show this year. It comes with radical changes regarding its appearance, powertrain and performance. New, attractive appearance of the 2016 Audi TT is the first thing you’ll notice, but there’s more. This coupe comes with three trims and three engine options. Some of the powertrain options may not come across the Atlantic, since a lot of details about the U.S.-spec 2016 Audi TT are unknown. However, the redesign of this coupe (and convertible), its performance and style are something the real automotive enthusiasts will certainly appreciate.
2016 AUDI TT EXTERIOR CHANGES
The appearance of the 2016 Audi TT is inspired by the first generation of this coupe. However, the redesign is based on the second generation, too, as well as on the Audi Sport Quattro Concept. So, the 2016 Audi TT exterior is a successful blend of both first- and second-generation TT and modern design language, which completed the overall feel. The 2016 Audi TT is underpinned by Volkswagen’s MQB platform. Thanks to this platform, the new TT is around 132 pounds lighter.
Although the recognizable roof line is kept, which is a clever move, since it’s one of the main characteristics this coupe has since 1998 when it was first introduced, there are some other unexpected changes. There was more than enough space at the new hexagonal grille, which makes the redesigned fascia look more dynamic and sporty, and yet the famous four-ring Audi badge is relocated to the hood. Some of the fans love this change, while others are disappointed. New, more narrow, sharp-looking headlights look great and they are consistent with taillights design. They have similar shape and really contribute to the aggressive, powerful look of the 2016 TT, especially with LED daytime running lights. The taillights come with LED technology, while the Matrix LED technology is available for the headlights. In the U.S. due to the strict regulations, Matrix LED won’t be available. Aside from the particular third-gen Audi TT redesign, this exterior reveals how a lot of the future Audi models will probably look. This design, with some appropriate adjustments and tweaks, is expected to be implemented in various Audi models, not just this one. The 2016 Audi TTS comes with special alloy wheels, some additional body colors and a rear spoiler.
2016 AUDI TT INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS
The 2016 Audi TT interior is suffered a gentle restyling. It kept the same feel, which its predecessor had, but with some significant improvements. There’s a new multimedia infotainment system and a new 12-speaker Bang&Olufsen audio system with 14-channel amplifier. The new TFT display will be able to show all the relevant data a driver needs, but also, it would be adjustable, so you’ll be able to resize the speedometer and tachometer in order to provide more space for another data feed. With expanded color choice and completely new seats, the 2016 Audi TT interior is very attractive and comfortable. The 2016 TTS comes with contrast-stiched leather seats.
2016 AUDI TT ENGINES & TRANSMISSIONS — 2015 AUDI TTS POWERTRAIN
As for the powertrain, there are three engine options. The 2016 Audi TT comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter which is able to generate 230 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. It will be paired with either 6-speed manual transmission, which will send power to the front wheel. Also, there’s an optional dual-clutch S-Tronic six-speed transmission, which comes with Quattro AWD. With six-speed manual transmission, the 2016 Audi TT with this engine inside accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 6 seconds; with duel-clutch S-tronic transmission and Quattro AWD it sprints in 5.3 seconds. This car is available with the 2016 Audi TTS name tag, too. What are the differences? Well, the 2016 TTS has a 2.0T engine, which delivers 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Audi TTS comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but the S-tronic transmission is available as an option. This engine provides the acceleration result of 4.7 seconds needed to reach 62 mph. As a comparison, the Audi TT-RS with 380-horsepower engine needs 4.1 seconds. The third engine option may not come to the U.S. However, the information about this issue isn’t public yet, so we have to be patient. We’re talking about a four-cylinder 2.0-liter TDI engine, which is able to deliver 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Its acceleration result is somewhat worse, but 7.2 seconds needed to reach 62 mph couldn’t be called embarrassing.
The most important feature of this engine isn’t its acceleration ability. What’s impressive is its EPA fuel economy. It has fantastic fuel consumption of incredible 56 mpg. Unfortunately, this engine is mated with FWD only. The 2016 Audi TT max speed is limited to 155 mph. The U.S. market probably won’t see this car with manual gearshift or front-wheel drive. Of course, since there is no reliable information regarding the 2016 Audi TT specs for the U.S., we have to be cautious and may not rush with conclusions.
2016 AUDI TT PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The 2016 Audi TT entry price will probably be somewhere around $40,000. It may rise according to the trim and engine options chosen. Its exact release date isn’t known yet, but we can say with certainty it will be available this fall. The 2016 Audi TT convertible will be available a little bit later.