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2007 Audi TT

player4player4 Posts: 362
edited March 19 in Audi
2006 Audi TT

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TT LEADS TRIO OF NEW AUDIS

Audi is beefing up its performance car lineup and will put the muscular next-generation TT, Nuvolari grand tourer and Le Mans supercar into production over the next three years.

The introduction of the new coupés comes at a time when Audi chairman Martin Winterkorn is looking to raise the sporty profile of the brand. The first salvo, the second-generation TT, has been described as “encapsulating all the style and quality of the original, but with the dynamics and space to head its class”.

Codenamed the AU353, the new TT will be unveiled at the next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and sources say that it will become available in right-hand drive markets by mid 2006.

Lovers of the Freeman Thomas-penned lines of today’s car will be relieved to know that Audi design boss Walter de’Silva will not change the car’s design much and there will be only mild changes to the detailing and extra interior room.

Distinguishing the new TT from the current model car will be a fresh front end dominated by Audi’s new shield grille as seen on the recently-unveiled A6 range. According to Autocar, the rear will probably be fitted with a retractable spoiler.

The second-generation model will use the Volkswagen Group’s PQ35 platform (used by the latest Golf V and Audi A3). As a result, the next TT will benefit from a series of chassis upgrades that should make it sharper to drive. Its torsion beam rear suspension will be replaced by a more contemporary multi-link arrangement. Other changes include a slightly longer wheelbase and wider tracks, an electro-mechanical steering set-up and uprated brakes.

The new model will offer a choice of front-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive. Power will come from new transversely mounted in-line four-cylinder and narrow-angle V6 engines, including the 112 kW naturally-aspirated and 149 kW turbocharged versions of Audi’s two-litre unit and a reworked version of the 190 kW 3,2-litre V6, featuring FSI direct injection technology.

Audi is also working on a TT RS, fitted with a twin-turbocharged version of the upgraded 3,2-litre V6. Developing up to 260 kW, the car is tipped to see the light of day in 2007. Sources say that the new TT model should reach 100 km/h from standstill in less than 5,5 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Alongside a standard six-speed manual gearbox, Audi will offer its new six-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) as an option.

Meanwhile, the spectacular mid-engined Le Mans (Codename AU714), revealed in concept form at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, is scheduled to start production at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory in Germany in late 2006. Right-hand drive markets should see the introduction of the Le Mans by mid 2007.

The last of Audi’s new two-door models to arrive will be a production version of the Nuvolari concept car first shown at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Targeted directly at the recently introduced BMW 6 Series and Mercedes CLK, Audi’s new four-seater coupé is planned for sale in early 2007. A soft-top convertible is also planned for the end of 2007.
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  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Ya know (and I hope Andys120 will chime in here), this TT is the first application of the waterfall grille that seems appropriate to me.

    I'm still not a fan, but it seems far less incongruous on a sportscar than it does on the sedans and wagons.

    It all sounds good to me. Hopefully the new platform will allow it to shed a few pounds while picking up increased rigidity. And I hope they keep the Papaya (though I doubt it)!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    actually looks OK on the TT pictures up there.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Looks pretty good. I've always at least wanted to like the current TT, but couldn't for some reason. Only with the 3.2 V6/DSG combo has the car come to mind again.

    M
  • What's with Audi lately. That front grill is a major disaster for Audi. As a current owner of a 98'A4 and 03'Allroad I have to say I'm totally disappointed with Audi's new design direction. Audi used to be the benchmark of understated elegant design but the new design has completely ruined that. Seems like Audi is following the footstep of BMW in having a complete meltdown in the design department. Hey, Audi if you are listening, you are going to have to find some new customers as none of your ugly new designs will be sitting on my driveway.
  • I must say from what I have seen I like it. Audi's new waterfall grill is the new trademark for all new Audi's. If I were in the market then I think I would buy one. But, since I already have a TTQR225 2001, My next move will be a Boxter S.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    Looks bulky, and crappy. Something close to Nissan's product-wide big grill that I also hate.
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    280hp bi-turbo is the rumored engine.
  • I think the new Audi grille is really crass. It makes me think Mopar, as in "Hey, put a big damn grille on that big huge car so the sucker driving it feels like a bigger man."
  • But I like the rear.
  • theyaktheyak Posts: 2
    I just received an email back from Audi and they said that the 2006 TT will be available in late Summer or early Fall 2005, not in 2006. Can someone also confirm this.

    Theyak
  • Do you guys think the pricing of the 2006 Audi TT is going to be about the same as the 05 TT or do you think it will differ?
  • I have been wanting a TT since they first came out. We had to finish child support payments before we could afford the payment on our own "TT" child. We are ready to go (after we sell the SUV) with our purchase. I want to get an '05 TT before they are all gone because I won't have anything to do with this new version that looks like something out of Tron. Sorry Audi, you have lost your minds on this redesign. The beauty of the first edition is the elegant fluid lines and understated power. You may lose a potential customer over this redesign.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    Actually, the TT isn't using the 3.2 litre engine in the TT anymore, as far as I know. They're using a new VW/Audi architecture V6, first sampled in the upcoming Passat:

    3.6 litre V6, 280 horsepower, ??? lb ft of torque. It will make the TT easily the fastest car in its class, and the ASF will greatly help the slightly sluggish performance of today's TT. I'm not knocking Audi, though- we have two Audis. The TTS will probably have a reworked version of the 3.6 engine, and they may use that with twin-turbos or possibly an ultra-compact V8 in the TTRS.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    This is an artist's impression- seeing Audi's recent redesigns (A4, A6, A8, Q7), they will be more conservative than this with the TT. He wouldn't tamper with the gorgeous design that much. And, if you want a 2005, you better get one like tomorrow. Hello, it's 2005 right now! Manufacturers already have mostly 2006 cars! The TT will run out fast, and the lots aren't exactly overflowing with them. But, before you do that, I'd check with Audi on information for the new TT. If you see the real version in a teaser, disguise, or real picture, you'll probably really like it. It's supposed to be one of the most desirable new Audis, and will have way better performance than today's sluggish [for its class] one.

    Cars: 2005 Audi S4 Cabriolet, 2004 Lexus RX330, 2003 Honda Civic EX, 1998 Audi A4 1.8T.
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    Geez, you're one person. Audi has been having record sales lately (in my Chicago area), and you should speak for yourself. Audi is going right, BMW is going left. Audi was voted Best German Luxury Manufacturer for 2005, the A6 is the best-selling new car in Germany, the A8 is literally always voted as the best luxury sedan in its class in an 'All-Stars' type award, and the A6 was also voted World Car of the Year by 50 automotive journalists, from over a hundred new cars. Audi is going the right way, and BMW is going the wrong way, this time. Audi's styling is far from BMWs, I mean look at the conservative A6 or A8 compared to the over styled 5 or 7 Series. Yes, the new Seven is over styled, too. They are not having a 'meltdown', they are having a revelation. I thought, when I had my A6 2.7T a few months ago, that it was really aging fast. It looked incredibly old and bland compared to the new A6. I've seen the new Audis and the old ones, and was surprised at how old the old ones really looked. The A6 looked modern in 1997, but its time has passed. Now the A6 is one of the best cars in its class (The Infiniti M, Mercedes E, and Jaguar S-Type are probably equal), and you definitely couldn't say that about the old A6. I don't have one of the 'new' style Audis (2005 S4 Cabriolet- simply stunning), but I admire their designs. Staying in the same wavelength would really have ruined Audi. They'll have to find two new Audis, and I'm pretty sure I speak for many current Audi owners when I say that I am impressed with Audi's recent leadership, trendiness (AWD- Even BMW let up), and design. That's just you, not me.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Are there any pics of the new TT roadster? Will it be a hard top convertible like the SLK's? I would love a convertible, but love the security of the hard top. I've driven the SLK350 and have been impressed with it (course I'd love the SLK55 :)) for a V6. Plenty sporty enough for me. I've driven the Z4 and I can't say as I really want a Porsche. After seeing the pics of the new TT coupe, I have to say I'm really interested to see what the roadster will bring.

    -Paul
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    Try www.germancarfans.com, Paul. According to them, the intro is March '06 in Geneva. I'd like to see where they're going with this one as well. For a car that rewrote styling idioms across the globe, it will be interesting to see if the edge can be regained.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    that the lines of the roadster are close to the coupe and that the top is a hard top. Quieter, more structurally rigid, and better security.

    With the 3.2V6, I could imagine this would be a fun car to toss around. The SLK sure is!

    -Paul
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    I think to get an idea of what it'll feel like to drive, the opportunity will come in January when the A3 3.2Q arrives. Unless I'm much mistaken, we're talking same drivetrain, remarkably similar suspension set-up and close personality kinship. Personally, I'm waiting to try that one, being a five-door aficianado, before I decide on that or an S4 Avant. Unfortunately, a TT doesn't afford me enough seats or doors!
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