Coupe 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport
deliveries of the all-new TT
2+2 Coupe commenced last month,
in November 2014 those wanting
a topless TT or one of the 310bhp
TTS Coupes will have to wait
until March 2015. Prices for the
Coupe start at £29,770 and rise to
£35,335; Roadsters are expected
to be just over £2K more expensive.
And the price for the TTS has been
confirmed as being from £38,900...
THE VERY LATEST TT follows the same styling theme: the same rounded contours
but with more edgy and sculptured styling lines, fronted by a R8-style face
that makes the Coupe look more muscular. Whereas outgoing models had a bias
towards female drivers, Audi thinks the bolder design of the new versions could
shift the bias back towards men.
Thanks to its hybrid body construction a space frame and the VW
Group's latest MQB midsized platform constructed of a blend of steel and lightweight
aluminium the new TTs average some 50kg lighter than the last
generation. Combined with uprated and cleaner engines (the latest models have
more power, more torque, and lower CO2 emissions) they deliver improved fuel
the price has gone up by on average £2,000 more than the models
they replace. However, the specs are better, particularly the high-tech cockpit
which is based around a 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD screen that completely
fills the instrument binnacle and replaces traditional analogue dials while
including the SatNav display.
Officially, this model
will return 67.3mpg in the
combined Cycle and on
our fast but careful test
driving event over
the real-life figure was
impressive given the
Physically, the 2+2 Coupe is 4,177mm long (almost the same length as its predecessor)
but its wheelbase is actually 37mm longer although that has not
added very much in terms of rear seat space for adults. The load area has also
gone up: by 13 litres to 305 litres, and can be increased to 712 litres by dropping
the rear seat backrests.
At launch the available powerplant choices are between a 2.0-litre TFSI, 230bhp
turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (that comes either as a front-wheel
drive/six-speed manual 'box combo or with quattro all-wheel drive driving through
a six-speed S tronic automatic) and a 184hp 2.0-litre TDI Ultra turbodiesel
with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. Two levels of trim are
on offer: Sport and S line (available with both engines and the quattro option).
During my test drive in Scotland where the roads were awash following
the recent 'monsoon' rainfall I had the longest driving spell
in the 2.0-litre TDI Ultra 184hp coupe. At £29,770, this is the cheapest model
in the line-up and it is expected to be the best-selling version with company
car user-chooser customers attracted by the lower tax implications.
Emitting just 110g/km of CO2, road tax is zero cost for the First Year and then
only £20 for the following years. And that all important Benefit-in-Kind tax
penalty for company car users is a relatively modest 18%. Officially, this model
will return 67.3mpg in the combined Cycle and on our fast but careful test driving
event over winding, mountainous Highland roads the real-life figure was 51.1mpg
very impressive given the lively performance.
Some people might argue that diesel power and sports cars don't mix but real-life
performance says otherwise. Top speed is 150mph and zero to 62mph takes 7.1
seconds. With 280lb ft of torque on tap from 1,750rpm, the accelerative response
is immediate from low to high speeds and yet it remains flexible in high gears
in slow moving traffic conditions. The six-speed manual 'box is really slick
and fast to use; the front-wheel drive delivers plenty of grip even on rain-soaked
roads; and the MQB platform (one of the best available today) serves up balance
always the advice with Audi models, because of their generally firm ride, is
to stay with the standard-sized wheels and don't go for the sports suspension
option the standard ride is firm enough; the sportier choices
make it less appealing comfort-wise to live with.
The specs are better,
particularly the high-tech
cockpit which is based
around a 12.3-inch
high-res LCD screen that
completely fills the
instrument binnacle and
while including the
A very brief spell with the 2.0-litre TFSI 230bhp turboed direct injection petrol
engine with front-wheel drive added just a bit more zip but not much else. This
high-revving unit delivers 273lb ft from 1,600rpm so it's responsive enough.
Top speed is limited to 155mph and zero to 62mph takes just six seconds.
Officially the fuel consumption is 47.9mpg running on standard-sized wheels
and on a brief test we recorded 35.4mpg. The all-important CO2 emissions are
137g/km so road tax is £130 every year and Benefit-in-Kind tax 20%. The price
of this version with the Sport specification is £29,860 (that's £90 more than
the turbodiesel version) and the running costs are higher as well
hence the popularity of the 2.0-litre TDI.
I also managed to squeeze in a short spell behind the wheel of the 2.0-litre
TFSI 230bhp quattro version that's priced from £32,785. Whilst the quattro all-wheel
drive can distribute 100% of the driving torque to either the front or rear
wheels for added traction, the front-wheel drive TT models are so grippy and
well balanced that spending even more money on the quattro version without any
more engine power seems hardly worthwhile.
Top speed is restricted to 155mph and because of the standard-fit six-speed
autobox, zero to 62mph is faster, at 5.3 seconds. Fuel consumption is 44.1mpg
but just 27.6mpg on test and because CO2 emissions go up to 149g/km road tax
increases to £145 and company car tax to 22%.
Inside, the new high quality, high-tech cabin is outstanding. Quite the best
I've seen this year and that includes the BMW i8. The TT's cockpit
design may have evolved but it is still fully targeted at sports driving. Overall
it's a beautifully crafted interior. There are now circular ventilation vents
which cleverly include the controls to adjust temperature, air distribution,
air conditioning and all the other functions which normally clutter up the console
it all is the brilliant 12.3-inch high-res LED screen positioned right in front
of the driver where the conventional instruments usually sit. Drivers can choose
between two displays: in 'classic' view the speedometer and rev-counter are
displayed in the foreground whereas in 'infotainment' mode the virtual instruments
are smaller and the space that becomes free provides ample and clear room for
other functions and information or warning signs and, in particular, the navigation
The front-wheel drive TT
models are so grippy
and well balanced that
spending even more
money on the quattro
version without any more
engine power seems
new info panel really is brilliant and just part of a new generation of fascia
and control panel designs which no doubt will be rolled out to other Audi models
and, I suspect, to many other brands in the future.
The TT's rear seat space has always been small it still is; and
the launch range of engines deliver efficiency (low running costs and taxes)
rather than outright performance. That aside, these new third-gen models are
a pleasing evolution of an iconic design. The beautifully designed cabin comes
with a new virtual instrument panel, it's easy to live with and good to drive
with plenty of grip for non-quattro versions. Another classy new Audi then.
Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport
Maximum speed: 150mph | 0-62mph: 7.1 seconds | Test Average: 51.1mpg
Power: 184bhp | Torque: 280lb ft | CO2 110g/km