Motoring Reporter
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22 Oct 2015
3:00 pm

New Audi TTS comes to SA

Motoring Reporter

Following the successful launch of the all-new Audi TT in SA in February, Audi SA is proud to introduce the Audi TTS Coupe – the new performance "S" model in the compact sports car range.

The new Audi TTS. Picture: Supplied

The Audi TTS was first introduced to SA with the second generation Audi TT in 2008 and was sold in limited volumes. It now returns in its third generation with the 2.0T FSI engine shared from the Audi S3 range, producing 210kW of power and 380Nm of torque with a 0-100 km/h sprint taking just 4.8 seconds, it is said.

It has a claimed combined fuel consumption of 7.1 litres/100km and a corresponding CO2 emissions figure of 164g/km. The TTS will only be available in Coupe bodystyle and S Tronic transmission, including 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 optimised, especially for the new TTS. By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, the driver can adjust the all-wheel-drive properties to suit their individual requirements.

The new Audi TTS. Picture: Supplied

The new Audi TTS. Picture: Supplied

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 driving dynamics are enhanced further, especially on surfaces with low friction coefficients. A noteworthy visual highlight of the TTS is its headlights in three-dimensional design. A display of characteristic progressiveness in technology, the headlights fitted on the TTS are full LED as standard, with Audi Matrix LED offered as an option.

LED headlights allow for precise, near-daylight illumination of the road using low energy LED technology. From an interior perspective, the TTS shares its neat and innovative interior with the rest of the range – however it’s 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 Audi 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 wheel, whole-word voice control or via the MMI operating system.

The Audi Navigation System Plus – featuring 3D terrain graphics and more immersive city models – is also standard on all models, along with Bluetooth with audio streaming, Audi 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.