Third-generation Audi TT launches virtual cockpit

Third-generation Audi TT launches virtual cockpit

Audi New Zealand has launched the third generation TT and TTS coupe and roadster into New Zealand with the new Audi virtual cockpit instrument panel.

Trend setting progressives are the target market for the new TT and TTS, whom Audi says will be enticed by the cars design, technology and sporty attitude.

The all-aluminium TT has some interesting technology features such the virtual cockpit which features a fully digital instrument cluster that has two design settings, classic and progressive, and which also replaces the separate centrally-placed MMI screen which was found in the previous model.

At first it takes a moment to get used to having the navigation screen directly in your line of sight, rather than to the left, but after a short time you become acclimatised and wonder why other manufacturers haven’t thought of such an approach before.

Audi has decided that the less is more approach was to be employed in the new TT, so the temperature and setting controls, as well as the seat heater buttons have been cleverly integrated into the circular air vents, and this actually works extremely well.

It shares the new MQB platform with other VW group offerings but the new TT has shorter overhangs, a longer wheelbase, and wider track than the previous generation and continues to offer the wheel-at-each-corner, go-kart-like handling that the vehicle has become renowned for.

The new 3D radiator grille design sees the 4 Audi rings move onto the bonnet edge in the same style as the Audi R8 super car, this is complemented by the new distinctive headlamp design that will soon roll out across other Audi models as well.

The TT is equipped with Audi’s progressive steering system and the adaptive magnetic ride damper system is optional on the TT, but standard on the TTS. Both variants are equipped with the Audi drive select system with eco function.

More than 550 new TT and TTS models have been sold in New Zealand since the first generation models arrived in 1999. The best sales year was 2000 followed by 2007, and the distributor expects to sell 80 units in 2015.

The front-wheel-drive TT coupe and roadster are powered by a 169kW 2-litre TFSI four-cylinder engine, while the quattro all-wheel-drive TTS coupe and roadster receive a more powerful 228kW version of the 2-litre TFSI engine. All models are equipped with a six-speed S-Tronic automated dual-clutch transmission.

An S-Line package with a sports suspension upgrade, body kit, sports seats, and logo-embossed nappa leather seat backs, as well as brushed aluminium inserts is available for the TT models for $4000, and Sports package for the TT models that includes 19 inch alloys, magnetic ride control, and LED headlights can be added with the S-Line option for a further $5,100.

While it might be advertised as a 2+2, the rear seats are absolutely not designed for adults to travel in for longer distances than around the city, but small children and lap dogs will be perfectly happy, and theres plenty of room in the boot for luggage for a weekend away for two people.

We drove the TT briefly from Auckland to Warkworth via SH 16 and West Coast Road and enjoyed the entry-level car’s positive handling and sprightly performance. There’s more than enough get up and go on tap to over take local motorists who bumble along below the speed limit, while ride comfort and lack of tyre noise was surprisingly good.

The TT Coupe is priced from $91,800, the TT roadster from $96,800, The TTS Coupe from $122,900 and the TTS roadster from $127,900.

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