At a time when lean is in, the second generation Audi TT was feeling a tad bit bloated. With years piling on and competition just seeming to look better, the once stunning two-door coupe decided it is time to hit the gym and whip back in shape. The trainers at Audi got to work, pumped in some steroids, sculpted some overtly aggressive lines and voila! The 2015 Audi TT and TTS are here to show you how a gorgeous sports car looks like.
Certainly an evolution over the outgoing version, the 2015 Audi TT comes with an aggressive stance that gels with the coupe profile from its predecessor. It’s more angular than ever and the new hexagonal shaped single frame grille will grow on you with time. The front is further accentuated with the distinctively shaped LED DRLs coupled with xenon lights while Audi also gives the option to add the extremely cool Matrix LED light technology that comes with individually controlled LEDs.
The side profile on the 2015 Audi TT is more familiar than you would imagine. At first glance, the change is less visible but Audi has played around to retain the curved roofline, broad wheel arches and the strong shoulder line running all the way till the tail lights with modern touches. The side also houses the fuel filler cap, which silently pays homage to the first generation TT with the cap receiving a silver finish.
The rear of the sports coupe is extremely familiar as the outgoing version. Audi constantly reminds you of the legacy the new TT comes from and that is not a bad thing per se, especially when you consider that it is a modern package on the soon to be classic lines. The boot-lid is a lot less curvy this time round, whereas the tail lights feature a whole lot of LED wizardry that Audi just loves to play around with. The lights incorporate dynamic turn indicators that are a spectacle to watch. The sports car also gets auto retractable spoiler that deploys at speeds of 120 kmph and the striking package is completed with the twin exhausts on the TT, while the TTS comes with quad exhausts that reek of performance from every outlet. If the design mesmerized you enough, wait till you check out the interiors of this beauty (that we’ll talk in a bit).
Getting updated with the mechanicals, the 2015 Audi TT is underpinned by the new MQB platform; the one which if allowed to Volkswagen would underpin everything car or not! That being said, the MQB platform surely does its job right being extremely flexible, strong and light which makes it an obvious choice for the sportster. The new platform has also helped the TT take shape more effectively growing in dimensions while maintaining the overall compact, low sports car appeal.
Now the TT was always a style over substance sports car. Self-admittedly so, even Audi did state that the first generation TT was designed to be a uber stylish sports car instead of driving like one. However, the third generation is here and quite comfortably the drive quotient perfectly compliments the sharp lines on the coupe. Pop the hood and two powerful engines welcome you with ample of oomph on offer.
The standard Audi TT gets the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-pot engine that is tuned to belt out 230 HP and 370 Nm of torque. The front wheel driven 2015 TT comes with a 6-speed manual shifter, but it is the Quattro all-wheel drive equipped version with a DSG that is a lot more faster on the line and can do the 0-100 kph sprint in 5.3 seconds. The frantically fun TTS on the other hand, comes with the same engine and is tuned to produce 310 HP and 379 Nm of torque and takes 0.4 seconds lesser to do the naught to 100 distance. Both the cars come with an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph, while the TTS also gets magnetic ride as standard for improved control. To give you perspective on how well the car drives now, Audi says that the Sport mode particularly facilitates steering and control when ‘drifting’. Just the kind of fun we were looking out for.
For diesel lovers, the 2015 Audi TT comes with a 2.0-litre TDI turbocharged engine with184 HP and 380 Nm of torque that feeds power to all four wheels via the Quattro all-wheel drive system as standard and does the 0-100 kph sprint in a reasonable 7.2 seconds. If you plan to save on gas and have some fun, the TT diesel surely won’t disappoint.
Saving the best for last, the new Audi TT shines brightly packing in the future in a very realistic environment. What appeals to you the most is the new clutter free dashboard void of many controls and the floating head unit that looks a lot more organized with minimal buttons to take care of. But wait till you sit inside the driver’s seat and the new all digital instrument cluster combined with the Audi Multimedia Interface (MMI) tells the reason behind a clutter free dash.
The new TFT screen is what we call the future and allows a fully customizable layout incorporating the speedometer, tachometer and also including the navigation map among other functions. With the new dashboard, you seldom have to lay your eyes off the road, which also makes it virtually an added safety device. There are also plenty of clever features inside the cabin, which include the centre console that stretches till the end providing lateral support to the driver. The air-con vents look like turbines and shows the attention to detail by the folks at Audi. The less is more concept has been done beautifully and the TT scores full marks on that front.
At the end of it, what makes the 2015 Audi TT so beautiful is the sheer practicality it comes with. Despite being a two-door sports car, the TT offers a powerful yet practical engine with the right amount of power that can be redlined far more often than you can imagine; an extremely usable boot, four seats to not leave your kids at home and Quattro all-wheel drive to keep you sedated at all times. If you’re a family man looking for a family sports car, the Audi TT still remains your best bet.