Audi TT get S treatment

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 15, 2015

Following the launch of the new TT Coupe in February this year, Audi South Africa has added a hotter model to its line-up in the form of the TTS.

Slotting in as the new flagship TT model, the S features a lower ride height versus the standard car, model specific S grille and exhaust pipes, as well as unique 19-inch alloy wheels.

Underneath the skin, the S uses a performance optimised version of Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel drive system, that uses an electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch mounted on the rear axle, to evenly distribute power between front and rear. In addition, the system’s input can be altered via the standard Audi Drive Select system to either auto or dynamic mode.

Another first is the introduction of a re-fettled launch control system that can regulate the maximum acceleration needed from standstill.

As with the standard TT, the S features the latest version of Audi’s acclaimed Virtual Cockpit setup that displays the various functions, including the 3D satellite navigation, on the instrument cluster via a 12.3-inch LCD screen, and which can be controlled by the touchpad controller for the MMI interface.

Up front, the S uses the same 2.0 TFSI as the standard TT but revised to now produce 210 kW and 380 N.m of torque. A six-speed S tronic dual-clutch box with shift paddles is again the only box fitted with Audi claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.8 secs and limited top speed of 250 km/h.

A five year / 100 000 km Freeway plan is included in the R700 500 sticker price.