Next week at the Paris Auto Show, the next-generation Audi TT Coupe and Roadster will make their debut. Riding on the latest Audi Space Frame chassis and sporting a super efficient 2.0 liter TDI turbodiesel engine, the new Audi TT can deliver up to 54.7 miles per gallon.
Without a driver, the new Audi TT Roadster tips the scales at just 2,910-lbs based on high-strength, low-weight steel and aluminum, and engineers also redeveloped the quattro all-wheel drive system. This new system better splits the torque between the front and rear axles, and the new TT is the first to integrate the permanent all-wheel drive system with the dynamic handling system Audi drive select.
This system analyzes road conditions and adjusts its magnetic suspension dampers accordingly. The TT will also be the first Audi to use the new virtual cockpit, which puts all the important vehicle information right in front of the driver. This includes features like navigation and climate control, which traditionally required you to look away from the road. Now everything is right there in front of you.
The real star here though is the engine lineup though are the five engines offered between the TT and sportier TTS models, ranging from the 184 horsepower TDI to a 310 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo. With the turbodiesel engine, Audi says the TT not only meets the Euro 6 emissions standards, but also sips fuel at a rate of just 4.5 liters per 100 km, or about 54.7 MPG. While not as potent a the 310 horsepower gas engine (rated as low as 33.1 MPG) that sends the TT from 0 to 62 MPH in just 4.9 seconds, you can still have a lot of fun with the TDI engine’s 280 lb-ft of torque.
Audi has pledged to make diesel engines a cornerstone of its more efficient American lineup, and so far it’s done a pretty good job. But bringing a diesel sports coupe or roadster to American dealerships would show serious commitment…though it’s much easier said than done unfortunately.
There’s a lot of appeal to a torquey sports car with Prius-like fuel economy, and even though those numbers would fall on the American testing cycle, I still think it’d be a hit with the diesel geeks.