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2016 Audi TT Not the Same as it Ever Was, Despite Appearances

2016 Audi TT Not the Same as it Ever Was, Despite Appearances

By Jeff Youngs, March 07, 2014
Though it might look the same on the outside, albeit updated with sharpened lines, and while it retains 2+2 seating, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, available Quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD), and other familiar aspects, the new 2016 Audi TT is completely redesigned and thoroughly modernized.

Audi introduced its new sports car at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, summarizing the philosophy behind the redesigned 2016 TT as "less is more." That might be true in terms of the car's lower curb weight and restrained aesthetics, but beneath the familiar design resides a more technologically sophisticated machine. Not only that, but Audi offers greater complexity with regard to how a TT buyer can tailor the vehicle, from a broader array of exterior and interior colors, to a range of aluminum wheel designs, three different headlight treatments, new cabin materials, and a variety of infotainment and safety technologies.

Every version of the car gets new Audi Virtual Cockpit instrumentation, a 12.3-in. color display that combines traditional gauges with the Multi-Media Interface (MMI) infotainment menus, rendered in high-resolution graphics. An MMI radio is standard, and can be upgraded with MMI Touch technology. This allows the driver to input data using a handwriting-recognition touchpad mounted atop the MMI controller on the center console. An MMI Navigation Plus system is also available, featuring natural voice recognition and MMI Direct Search capability. It even feeds navigation map information to the car's available predictive cornering lights, which then illuminate around curves and corners before the driver turns the steering wheel.

On the infotainment front, the new 2016 Audi TT can be optioned with a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, Audi Connect services with in-car Wi-Fi access, and Audi Phone Box smartphone integration. Additional upgrades for the new TT include an automatic climate system with controls integrated into the four large air vents in the dashboard, and Audi Park Assist, which steers the car into a parking space while the driver operates the pedals and transmission. Available safety technologies include Audi Side Assist and Audi Active Lane Assist.

A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard equipment in the new TT. In the TT, it is preliminarily rated to produce 230 horsepower. In the sportier TTS model, the prediction is 310 horsepower. Each produces its peak torque across the majority of the rev range, and each has a 6-speed manual gearbox. Quattro AWD is optional for the TT and standard for the TTS, and both versions of the car can be fitted with a 7-speed S-tronic automated manual transmission with paddle shifters.

Audi Drive Select is also available for the latest version of the TT, giving the driver a choice between Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, and Dynamic driving modes. New progressive steering is standard, and the TT can be optioned with an Audi Magnetic Ride suspension.

For complete details about the redesigned 2016 Audi TT, read our full preview.

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