|The third-generation Audi TTS has been made available in South Africa for the second time, following the 2nd-generation TTS’ debut in 2008. Only a limited number of units of the Audi TTS in Coupe version are sold in the largest province of Africa.|
From the exterior, the 2015 Audi TTS receives a lower stance (10mm) and a few additional details to highlight its sportiness. With its TTS specific grille, wider air intakes, Matrix LED headlights and four-rear exhaust pipes, there’s no doubt the TTS is a member of the Audi “S” family. Combined with 19-inch wheels as standard and aluminium-look exterior mirrors, the TTS is instantly recognizable.
Shorter overhangs at both the front and rear, coupled with a lengthened wheelbase over the previous generation, makes for an even sportier looking TTS. The ride comfort and driving dynamics are also further improved by this change, which almost has the effect of giving the TTS the proportions of a mid-engine sports car.
Moving on to the inside, the Audi TTS shares its neat and innovative interior with the rest of the range, however is adorned with TTS badging throughout. The revolutionary Audi Virtual Cockpit is fitted as standard on the TTS, and offers a new dimension in interior interaction and ergonomics. Combined with the MMI control interface with Touchpad, the system allows for easy and intuitive operation. With its high resolution 12,3-inch LCD screen and powerful Nvidia processor, the Virtual Cockpit provides a glare free and crystal clear display. The driver can control many of the features via either the multi-function steering, whole-word voice control or via the MMI operating system.
In addition, the Navigation system Plus featuring 3D terrain graphics and more immersive city landscapes, is also standard on all versions along with Bluetooth with audio streaming, music interface with USB inputs and a hard disc for storing music and video files. In the TTS, special graphics are included with the option of configuring a central rev-counter display for a more sporty driving feel.
The Audi TTS is offered in South Africa comprises only the Coupe version, and the special variant is paired to 2.0T FSI engine, shared from the S3, and an S tronic transmission. Preliminary output and torque figures for the TTS read 210 kW and 380 Nm, as well as 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds. Fuel consumption and emissions correspond to 7.1l/100 km and 164g/km.
The 3rd-gen Audi TTS include the launch control function which regulates maximum acceleration from a standstill position. Controllable flaps in the exhaust system modulate the sporty sound and make it even richer. quattro permanent all-wheel drive delivers additional stability, traction and driving fun. It has been consistently advanced and optimized especially for the new TTS. Its electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch is mounted on the rear axle. The special pump design reduces weight by around 1.5 kg compared with the previous edition. The distribution of drive torque between the axles is controlled electronically within fractions of a second.
By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, the driver can adjust the all-wheel-drive properties to suit their individual requirements. In “auto” mode, this produces optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics. In “dynamic” mode, torque is distributed to the rear axle earlier and to a higher degree, which means that driving dynamics are enhanced further, especially on surfaces with low friction coefficients.
The Audi TTS Coupe is guaranteed to be a hit in South Africa when it arrives at dealerships real soon.