The first Audi TT to sport the evocative ‘S’ insignia denoting high performance – the new 272PS TTS – is now available to order in Coupe and Roadster forms. Equipped with either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or the option of the acclaimed Audi S tronic twin-clutch transmission, the most extreme TT to date will reach its first customers in the summer of 2008.
Extensive revisions to the acclaimed 2.0-litre turbo charged and directly fuel injected petrol engine that already powers the TT have enabled its power to be boosted from 200PS to 272PS and its torque from 280Nm to 350Nm, available between 2,500 and 5,000rpm. With six-speed manual transmission the TTS Coupé powers from rest to 62mph in just 5.4 seconds, and on the Autobahn can carry on to a top speed of 155mph before the limiter intervenes. The optional S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission reduces acceleration times by a further two-tenths of a second in both the Coupé and Roadster.
Audi magnetic ride – the innovative adaptive damping system employing sophisticated magnetorheological fluid-filled dampers that firm up or soften under the influence of an electrical charge provided by electromagnets – is fitted as standard to the TTS. It ensures that handling agility befits the ‘S’ badge without ruling out an absorbent ride.
The most extreme production TT to date highlights its capabilities from the front through newly designed bi-xenon headlamps incorporating trademark Audi LED strip daytime running lights, a redesigned front apron incorporating larger air intakes and aluminium-look door mirror housings. The profile view is enhanced by deeper side skirts and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, which can be upgraded to 19-inch ‘5-spoke star’ alternatives, while at the rear a revised rear bumper surrounding quad-tailpipes subtly conveys the newcomer’s extra performance potential.
Inside, two-tone leather sports seats, exclusive ‘S’ instruments with white needles, metal pedals and special aluminium trim elements enhance the already very highly regarded sports interior.