Stylish? Check. Sporty? Check. Well designed? Check. Scuba blue? Check.
The highly anticipated, redesigned, all-new 2016 Audi TT reached the Audi Naples dealership at last… And we received, not one, but FOUR new TT’s at once!
The biggest change for the 2016 model is clearly the exterior of the car. More aggressive lines and angles diminish the once bubbly curves, giving this TT an I-can-handle-my-own look. Dubbed the “Mini R8” in the past, the redesign of this spunky little car will rightly take it out of its big brother’s shadow (although the R8 has had quite a makeover itself). Two different wheel options are offered; a 18” 5-twin-spoke design or a 19” 5-star-spoke design; both compliment the blueprint of the car. Ibis White, Tango Red, Brilliant Black, and Scuba Blue are just four of the ten colors Audi has offered on the new TT. You can choose between the Coupe and Convertible, four seater or two seater respectively.
The interior was certainly not neglected in the new TT’s. With the choice between Alcantara or Fine Nappa leather surfaces, you can’t go wrong. There is even a diamond stitch option, and I looove diamond stitching. The leather is accented by clean Aluminum Drift inlays, which brings together the modern luxury feel to this car. A notable difference is the addition of digital A/C controls, which are pretty sweet in themselves.
Perhaps the most riveting aspect of the new TT is the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Say whaaat? This innovative instrument -dare I say- cluster puts literally everything you need in front of you. It’s a 12.3-inch screen that is detailed brilliantly. You can change the display of course, choosing from an array of modes: classic view mode displays circular speedometer and rev counter dials; infotainment mode displays navigation, telephone, the backup camera, Audi connect and radio, and information about the car. Now I must admit that it was a bit weird not having the centrally located screen that is in all other current Audi models, and it takes some getting used to. But it is a pretty cool feature, and probably the future of all cars.
Last but not least: performance. This compact machine packs in a 2.0L Turbocharged TFSI Inline-4 16-valve DOHC engine. Some of you reading this probably have no idea what that sentence means (and that’s totally okay). Basically, it has a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which gives it a whopping 220 horses under the hood… paired with a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission sending power to all four wheels via Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system. It can hit 60mph in 5.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 130mph. Fasten your seatbelt kids, 4-wheel disc brakes are there to bring you to a safe, quick, and efficient stop. There’s even a little wing for some downforce.