Audi pulled the wraps off of its heavily updated TT earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Now it’s the United States’ turn to fawn over the hot new Quattro sports car after it made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.
The styling of the third-generation TT is sharper and more masculine than the outgoing model’s. Audi’s single-frame, hexagonal grille is now larger, with wedge-shaped LED headlights flanking it on either side. The whole thing has been made sleeker, but any TT fan will immediately recognize it as such.
Under the sharply contoured hood sits a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, just like the outgoing model. The engine now produces 220 horsepower, up from 211 in the old TT. The sportier TTS will feature a 292 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which will make 292 horsepower. The sole transmission offering is a six-speed dual clutch automatic.
Of course, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard, as is the automaker’s select drive system, which allows the driver to adjust shift points, steering and suspension settings and throttle response. The gauge clusters have also been replaced with Audi’s highly anticipated virtual cockpit, which uses a 12.3 inch TFT display to combine the functions of an infotainment screen with speed, RPM and other instruments.
The TT has also been graced with a heavily updated version of Audi’s connected car system. The picture navigation system can read news headlines and Facebook and Twitter alerts out loud and can access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations and personalized RSS news feeds. The system also includes an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2016 TT and TTS are set to go on sale in the United States in the second half of 2015. Pricing details have yet to be announced.