Good news for Audi fans as the German giants announce they are expanding the engine range of the new TT. From July, the compact sports cars will also be available in a 1.8 TFSI version developing 180 hp. The new entry-level engine version of the Audi TT Coupé will be available from €45,615 and the TT Roadster for €47,815. The turbocharged 1.8TFSI has a displacement of 1,798cc and achieves its peak torque of 250Nm across the rev range of 1,250 to 5,000rpm. At part loads, an additional manifold injection system supplements the FSI direct injection, to cut emissions. The Audi valve-lift system varies the stroke of the exhaust valves, improving the engine’s response. A compact rotary valve module for thermal management and the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head both play a major part in the four-cylinder engine’s efficiency.
Performance wise the TT Coupé with six-speed manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, or in 7.0 seconds with the optional six-speed S-Tronic, and continues right up to a top speed of 241 km/h. In the case of the Roadster, the corresponding figures for the standard sprint are 7.2 seconds with manual transmission and 7.3 seconds for the S-Tronic version. The top speed for both combinations is 237 km/h. The 1.8 TFSI Coupé version covers 100 kilometres on an average of only 7.0 to 7.6 litres of fuel; the TT Roadster 1.8 TFSI achieves this on 7.1 to 7.7 litres. As well as the new entry-level engine version, Audi supplies the new TT generation with a choice of three two-litre engines: The TT 2.0 TDI ultra with 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque needs only 4.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. That corresponds to CO2 emissions of 110 grams per kilometre and therefore represents new best-in-segment fuel economy. Then there are two versions of the 2.0 TFSI: In the TT, the supercharged petrol engine develops 230 hp and 370 Nm of torque; the power output of the TTS is 310 hp and 380 Nm. The Coupé sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
Although its the basic version of the TT, it still comes equipped with all of the equipment you would expect and not an entry model spec. The sport seats with integral head restraints are fitted as standard, along with progressive steering and the Audi virtual cockpit. Specifically the interior of the new TT generation has caused a major stir since its world debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at the start of 2014. The compact sports car has already collected an assortment of awards including “Design Innovation of the Year” and “connected car of the year”. It has earned these accolades also thanks to optional high-end features such as Audi connect, for a high-speed Internet connection, the Audi drive select driving dynamics system, and assistance systems such as park assist with a reversing camera. This is a good move from Audi and one that should see more customers consider the TT when hunting for a sports car.