What you see here is the new 2016 Audi TT/RS with what seems to be new headlights & taillights with new bumpers. And this came to us at no supersize, especially when the task Audi designers and engineers were given was to update a famous loved sporty coupe/roadster.
Was this a very conservative job at doing so? I believe that they decided to stick it out with the outgoing cars layout and basic structure to keep selling the Audi TT without risking a loss in sales, but to compete with the outgoing Audi TT/RS is nothing short of impossible with a facelift.
And although the new 2016 Audi TT/RS is a very good looking car, it still does not justify buying it over the great 2014 Audi TT/RS unless you wanted to move with the times and adapt Audi’s new design language to your car garage. Let’s just get to what really matters, how does the new 2016 Audi TT/RS drive? The handling has been improved by giving it an all aluminum-steel composite structure that was built on Volkswagens Group MQB platform coupled with engineering wizardry from the Audi R8 sports coupe all equaling to a curb weight of just 2700 lb’s. A ‘progressive’ steering system is included in all TT and TTS models, matching a variable ratio with variable electric assist.
The interior has been majorly improved and turned into an even sportier version of the outgoing model. I really love how Audi handled the interior, giving more focus on a sportier upscale version of their roadster sports coupe with cylindrical air vents and a flat bottom steering wheel but keeping the simplicity to an A3 level.
The Audi TT standard model will get a 2.0 liter turbocharged Direct injected 4 cylinder engine that has 240hp and 273 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60mph time in 5.3 seconds while the TT/S gets 310hp and 290 lb-ft and a 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, the Audi TT also gets the DSG double clutch transmission which is on most VW sports hatchbacks and sedans and other Audi models and it really does the job with lightning quick shifts.
But the way the TT drives is quite universally appealing. With power of the 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder now up to 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet, the base TT offers some pretty satisfying performance—0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. We also drove the TTS, which steps up a lot in horsepower (to 310) and only slightly in torque (to 280 lb-ft)—factoring to a 0-60 mph time of just 4.6 seconds. Comparing the two, in all honesty, the TT feels nearly as quick in real-world, public-road situations, while high-revving out on a racetrack you can harness the added gusto of the TTS engine. The star with either engine (and the only transmission for the U.S. this time) is the S-tronic dual-clutch (DSG) automatic, which never seems to skip a beat and smacks eagerly into the next gear right near redline.
Follow this article for more, once we get our hands on one.