2012 Audi TT – Fuses Bauhaus Styling with Audi’s Modern Design Theme

new 2012 Audi TT
new 2012 Audi TT

2012 Audi TT is a driver oriented and a distinctive sportscar that provides quick acceleration, beautiful interior, crisp handling and remarkable efficiency, all wrapped in a dramatic, extremely unique body, which will not be mistaken for anything else on the road.

It might not offer all of thrills of its competitors, but is still a solid pick with its well rounded nature. It is an entry level sportscars in Volkswagen/Audi AG selection of performance vehicles and is aimed directly at class leading models from Porsche and BMW.

The all new TT combines original Bauhaus styling with the company’s current contemporary design theme along with sophisticated technology. The all new TT models come equipped with S-Tronic DSG transmission of Audi and four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The large chrome ringed instruments are angled directly at you, and your hand falls unsurprisingly to gearlever, while the pedals are perfectly located for performance driving.

The Audi TT is a two-door sportscar developed and designed by German automobile manufacturing company called Audi, a Volkswagen Group subsidiary since 1998.

It has been produced in two generations; both were available in two body styles: two-seater Roadster and 2+2 Coupe. Both models have been engineered on successive platforms of Volkswagen Group A platform starting with A4.

It features similar suspension and engine layouts as its related platform mates include transversely oriented front mounted engine, fully independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and Quattro All Wheel or front wheel drive system. The TT’s styling started in the year 1994 at Volkswagen Group Design Center located in California.

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It was formerly introduced in the year 1995 as concept car at Frankfurt Auto Show, and the design is credited to Freeman Thomas and J Mays with Romulus Rost, Hartmut Warkuss, Martin Smith and Peter Schreyer contributing to award winning cabin design.

The 2012 Audi TT delivers more than enough thrills for drivers and quick acceleration with its four-cylinder 211 horsepower engine. The TT is an enjoyable car to drive that combines impressive ride quality and good fuel economy, which is comfortable enough for everyday commuting. The multifunction leather flat bottomed steering column offers easy access to CD and radio functions.

As two-seater convertible or 2+2 Coupe, TT, broadens its appeal with unique exterior design theme, impeccably presented cabin and feature rich content. The performance oriented TT RS and TTS trim levels are designed for those who desire all, the TT has to provide but yearn for more power. There are quite a lot of other models in the market that offer superior driver engagement, more interior space and luxury – BMW 1 and 3 Series, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster and Mercedes Benz SLK Class, but the all new 2012 TT has the capability to please wide swath of drivers and manages to be fun, and not frenetic.

Variants, Body Styles and Optional Features

The 2012 Audi TT is offered in two different body styles such as two-seater roadster and 2+2 hatchback; both of which are available in Prestige and Premium Plus trim levels. The Premium Plus is equipped with plethora of equipments and features, these include nine-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio, 18 inch wheels with high performance summer tires, Bluetooth, automatic rear spoiler, automatically controlled climate system, foglights, faux suede and leather upholstery, adaptive automatic xenon headlights, telescoping and tilt steering column, LED daytime running lights, 50-50 split folding rear seatback, heated exterior mirrors, power front 10-way seats, rain sensing wipers and auto dimming mirror.

The Roadster gets power wind deflector, power soft top, cargo pass through with removable ski bag and roll hoops.

Stepping up to Prestige trim level of 2012 Audi TT gets upgraded Bose 12-speaker premium surround sound audio system with six-CD changer, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, dash mounted Multi Media Interface electronics controller, navigation system with real-time traffic, upgraded leather upholstery and interior ambient lighting package.

The heated seats and navigation are also available as optional features on Premium Plus variant. Other options include leather upholstery with baseball glove style stitching, adaptive suspension dampers and different wheel. The S line package comes with distinctive exterior trim and elements, 19 inch wheels, sport steering wheel, special upholstery and headlight washers. The iPod interface can be substituted in place of six-CD changer.

Engines and their Performance

The 2012 Audi TT is propelled by a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, which is good for pumping out 258 pound feet of torque and 211 horsepower. The engine is mated with automated manual dual clutch six-speed transmission with four-wheel drive system designed to send power to all the four wheels.

This particular transmission works like conventional automatic or allows manual operation through shift lever at the center console or paddle shifters on steering column. In performance testing, it accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 7.2 seconds and offered the fuel economy of 31 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg in combined driving.

Safety Features

The 2012 Audi TT comes packed with standard safety features, which include front knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, side airbags and stability and traction control system.

Special Features and Cabin Design

The 2012 Audi TT features one of the uniquely crafted, contemporarily appointed and tastefully designed interiors, which makes use of high quality materials. It boasts classic design and is contemporary at one. The cabin inside is highlighted with real aluminium trim along with attractive leather upholstery.

The Prestige Package gets ultra smooth, soft Silk Nappa leather seats with leather covered instrument iPod. The company provides plenty of interior color options and Baseball Optic leather package with thick stitching and Madras Brown inspired by baseball gloves.

The placement of navigation system’s controller in 2012 Audi TT on dashboard is not ideal, but most of the controls are within easy reach and straightforward. The front sporty seats are quite supportive and comfortable. From your seat to racing inspired flat bottomed steering wheel, you will find only two things: Drive and Smile. The maximum cargo capacity behind rear seats is 13 cubic feet in coupe, while the Roadster offers 8.8 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Audi TT offers more than enough for daily driver; on the other hand, the dual clutch S Tronic transmission offers smooth and quick gear shifts. The optional adaptive suspension gets adjustable steering effort and louder exhaust note improving the capabilities of TT without hampering the ride quality.

All variants come with standard wheels with summer type performance tires. The 2.0 liter engine is quite powerful. Modifications include revisions to cylinder head, exhaust system, connecting rods, fuel injection system, pistons and turbocharger. With Magnetic Ride Suspension, the electronic stability control is tuned for providing the driver even more leeway. It is a remarkable combination of efficiency and performance. Overall, the 2012 TT is designed and engineered for delivering sharp steering, crisp handling, cargo versatility and impressive fuel economy.