|July 10, 2003
Audi TT 3.2 quattro with V6 Engine and Sporty Direct Shift Gearbox DSG
Customers can now order the new top top-of-the range TT Coupé and Roadster models with six-cylinder engine and completely new transmission technology. The combination of the high-torque 3.2-litre engine with 184 kW / 250 bhp and innovative sports gearbox emphasises the dynamic drive qualities of the four-wheel-drive TT in a unique way. In Germany, the Coupé costs €41,200 and the Roadster €44,000. The first Coupé models will be delivered at the beginning of August. The TT Roadster 3.2 quattro will follow in September.
The source of power is the compact 3.2-litre V6 engine. Technical details such as continuously adjustable inlet and exhaust camshafts and the variable intake manifold give the six-cylinder engine superior torque and power output, coupled with low emissions. It delivers a broad peak-torque range with a maximum value of 320 Nm between 2800 and 3200 rpm and, in conjunction with the ultra-rapid, precise control technology of the new twin-clutch transmission, reacts extraordinarily agilely and spontaneously to movements of the accelerator pedal.
The revolutionary Direct Shift Gearbox DSG successfully combines all the benefits of a conventional 6-speed manual gearbox with the qualities of a modern automatic version. The driver thus benefits from enormous agility, driving enjoyment and economy as well as from convenient operation and smooth acceleration with uninterrupted traction.
The 250 bhp version of the Audi TT Coupé 3.2 quattro completes the sprint from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 6.4 seconds, whilst its top speed is gently governed at 250 km/h. This model has an overall fuel consumption of 9.8 litres per 100 km. These figures speak for themselves, even when compared with vehicles with a classic 6-speed manual gearbox.
The basis for the new DSG is a 6-speed manual gearbox with high variability in the selection of the transmission ratio. Thanks to the use of an integrated twin multi-plate clutch with ingenious control system, two gears can be engaged at the same time. During dynamic operation of the car, one gear is engaged. When the next gearshift point is approached, the appropriate gear is pre-selected but its clutch kept disengaged. The gearshift process opens the clutch of the activated gear and closes the other clutch at the same time. The gear change therefore takes place without interrupting the flow of power. High overall efficiency is combined with superlative road performance and ease of operation to produce an exceptional drive concept.
The new design satisfies demanding requirements for a sporting performance from a production vehicle. With its compact dimensions, the transmission is capable of handling torque of up to 350 Newton-metres.
A 17-inch dual-piston brake system adapted from the version used on the Audi RS 4 assures an appropriate braking performance. There are floating-calliper brakes with ventilated 334 millimetre brake discs at the front. The brake system familiar from the Audi TT quattro, with floating callipers and ventilated 265 millimetre discs, has been adopted at the rear axle. Like all TT models, the new 3.2 quattro comes with ESP featuring integral brake assist.
The TT 3.2 quattro is fitted as standard with size 7.5Jx17-inch wheels of 6-arm "Wing" design and 225/45 tyres. Two further 17-inch and three 18-inch wheels of varying designs are available as an option.
The dynamism of the new top-of-the-range TT is also in evidence elsewhere. The front apron with discreet side ventilation slots is aerodynamically optimised. It has enlarged inlet openings to cover the increased cooling air requirements.
The modified rear spoiler and a honeycomb-pattern diffuser trim are the distinguishing features at the rear. The larger rear spoiler further reduces rear-end lift, in line with the performance gain of the TT 3.2 quattro. The good drag coefficient remains unchanged at Cd = 0.32.
Inside, this model is distinguished from other TT versions by an aluminium gearbox surround and an instrument cluster with a speedometer that reads up to 280 km/h. Shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel produce that genuine motor sport feel. A remote one-touch function in addition temporarily calls up the manual gearshift mode even in automatic modes D and S. The ultra-sporty S program with much later upshifts, earlier downshifts and an accelerated shifting process demonstrates pure sports car character.
The TT 3.2 quattro in addition has xenon lights as standard with range control and titanium-coloured headlight trims.
Like all TT models, the new version has an excellent safety equipment package, including two front airbags and pyrotechnic belt tensioners for the front seats. Head/thorax airbags in the front seat backs protect the upper body and head in a side impact.
The standard automatic climate control makes sure occupants feel comfortable in the Audi TT, no matter what the outside temperature may be. The driver information system also fits in well with the car's sporty image.
The TT Roadster 3.2 quattro also has an electro-hydraulic hood as standard.