Audi TT and TTS

Audi TT

One of the biggest sensation was this little Audi coupé at the 1995 Frankfurt Show.
No previous details were known, no spy-photos. The secret mission of the Californian Audi design-studio was accomplished.
Two years ago Freeman Thomas, the co-head of the design team who designed the Volkswagen Concept I outlined the first drawings and with two other guys they built it.
TT means "Tradition und Technik". It also refers to the NSU TT, a sporty version of the '60s average family car, the NSU Prinz. Since then NSU has been absorded into Audi.
The base of the car is next years' Audi A3. The engine was taken from the A4: 4-cylinder, 1.8 liter, with a max. power of 110 kW (150 hp) @ 5700 rpm.
The car has a kind of retro look with the front is reminiscent of the Audi Avus racers of the '30s. From the side the shape reminds me to the Concept I.
The open, roadster of this 2+2 seater coupe will be revealed in Tokyo.
The DM50.000 coupe (and probably roadster)/ A3 pair will fight the Opel Corsa/ Tigra.

Audi TT with a futuristic background
Audi TT - rear quarter
Audi TT - rear


The car was exhibited in Tokyo and then due to the overwhelming reaction the Audi management decided to bring the pair to the market. Production will start in 1998.
Technical differences will be displayed in the technical details table found below.
tts with top tts rear view tts interior The Roadster also has many aluminium elements (engine and luggage compartment lids, doors, even the handbrake and the highly accentuated air vent rings).
The paint finish, a dense grey with only a light sprinkling of metallic particles, aims for function rather than effect, whereas visual accents such as the screwed-in 'Mille Miglia' fuel filler cap add a note of cool elegance.
Perhaps the only whimsical touches are the two exposed exhaust tailpipes and the air outlets from the engine compartment on the sides of the body. To suit the TTS Roadster in its role as a pure 'driving machine', the brakes and wheels were enlarged: the latter are 18 inches in diameter, and shod with wide, 225/40 ZR 18 tyres.
The soft top has been pulled well down over the forehead like a peaked cap, it needs only a minimum of supporting hoops, and has no rear window.
Behind the occupants' seats is a soft-top compartment which can also be used as extra luggage space, and serves the additional purpose of stiffening the Roadster's body. At 1240 kilogrammes incluseive of permanent four-wheel drive, the Roafster weighs very little more than the Coupé.
Twp angled roll bars have a front support between the seats to add rigidity to the body and floor pan structure.
Inside classic circular instrument dials have been chosen. Two aluminium hoops acts as knee supports to the right and left of the centre console.
Excerpts from the press release of the TTS Roadster

Technical specifications: Audi TT and TTS
Length 4002 mm (157.6 in)
Width 1751 mm (68.9 in)
Height 1345 mm (53.0 in)
Wheel base 2428 mm (95.6 in)
Front track 1519 mm (59.8 in)
Rear track 1499 mm (59.0 in)
Kerb weight 1220 kg 1240 kg
Configuration Inlincd 4-cylinder, petrol engine, DOHC, with turbocharger
Displacement 1.8 l
Bore 81 mm
Stroke 86.4 mm
Max. output 110 kW (110 bhp) @ 5700 rpm 154 kW (210 bhp)
Maximum torque 210 Nm @ 1750-4600 rpm 210 Nm
Mixture preparation/Ignition system Motronic, with sequential fuel injection and adaptive oxygen-sensor control; cylinder-selective knock control, mapped ignition characteristic; solid-state ignition distribution; 2 twin-spark coils; self-diagnosis system and emergency-run program; fuel cut-off when coasting.
Layout Transverse engine, permanent four-wheel drive
Clutch Hydraulically actuated single dry plate with ashbetos-free lining
Transmission Five-speed manual-shift gearbox, full synchromesh
Tyres 7.5 J x 18/ 225/40 ZR 18
Performance/ fuel consumption
Top speed (km/h; mile/h) 225 (139.8) 240 (149.1)
Acceleration, 0-100 km/h (0-62 mile/h) (s) 8.0 app. 6.0
Average fuel consumption (three standard figures), l/100 km/h (Imp./US mile/gal) 8.3 (34.0) 9 (31.4/26.1)
Body Load-bearing, fully galvanized bodyshell; aluminium lids and doors; impact-absorbing zones front and rear; additional side intrusion protection.

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Copyright September, 1995
Paul Negyesi
Budapest, Hungary.
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