Project Kahn Audi TR8 transforms the TT into an R8 wannabe

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 17, 2011

Famous British Designer Afzal Kahn is introducing a sportier and much smoother R8 style Audi TT. Before this project, Kahn had transformed an Audi A5 Coupe Sport into no less than a visual icon. Kahn’s work on the Audi TT 2.0 FSI is expected to take the vehicle to a whole other dimension and offer a powerful driving experience. The Project Kahn Audi TR8 is promised to offer a better transaction, and an improved sense of power, performance and style.

It’s highly elegant and it boasts of having a silky, comprehensive outline. This ground-breaking styling package is immediately decipherable and it’s expected to satisfy those who value comfort, style and all-weather capability. Its exterior has an immaculate appearance as its body kit allows for flawless lines.

The TR8 features new front and back vented bumpers in R8 look with mesh inserts, rear spoiler, front grille, R8 style side blades, door mirrors in a billet steel finish, stainless steel quad exhaust system, sports lowered suspension springs, and front lower bumper lip in billet steel finish. It has also been fitted with a set of 20 -inch RSV alloy wheels. A complete bespoke interior design service is offered by Project Kahn to meet individual preferences.

The second edition of the Audi TT Coupe and the TT Roadster have become automotive design icons, just like their predecessors. The 2007 "World Design Car of the Year" award is just one of their accolades. A sturdy, broad stance with robust shoulders and a sleek roofline give both compact sports cars an aggressive, macho and expressively sporty appearance.

The front view is dominated by the fender that contains the enlarged air intakes with defined, three-dimensional edges. Chrome lining surrounds the fog lamps, while the lattice of the single frame grille has been redesigned and coloured glossy black. The headlamps can be ordered to be xenon-plus lights. The daytime running lights consist of 12 white LEDs lined up at the lower edge of the headlamps. Together with the headlamp body ‘wings’, these lights form a signature Audi design detail.

From the back end, the rear lights feature tubular reflectors that appear to float over it, adding an illusion of depth. The 2.0 TFSI has dual exhausts. The prominent tailpipes and the bigger flat black diffuser are also distinctive design features. The rear spoiler improves downforce by extending when travelling beyond 120 Km/h (74.56 mph).

Due to the upgrades, the lengths of both the Audi TT Coupe and the TT Roadster have increased slightly by 2 cm (0.79 inches) to 4,187 mm (13.74 feet). However, their respective widths (1,842 mm or 6.04 feet for both cars) and heights (1,352 mm or 4.44 feet for the Coupe and 1,357 mm or 4.45 feet for the Roadster) remain the same. The wheelbase is 2,468 mm (8.10 feet). The TT is now available in four new additional metallic colours: Volcano Red, Scuba Blue, Dakota Grey and Oolong Grey. In the S line package, Daytona Grey, pearl effect is also an option.

Body Design

One of the main reasons that the Audi TT achieves outstanding efficiency and dynamic drivability is because of its body design. The hybrid Audi Space Frame technology was implemented, wherein lightweight aluminium makes up the front part to the B-pillar and steel panels form the rear. This type of construction allowed the development engineers to optimise the axial load balance and maintain a low overall weight – two factors vital for dynamic performance.

The total weight of the Audi TT 1.8 TFSI is 1,240 kg (2,733.73 lb), which is 100 kilograms (220.46 lbs) lighter than its closest rival. The weight of the Coupe’s body is a mere 206 kilograms (454.15 lb). 140 kilograms (308.65 lb) or 68 percent is aluminium and 66 kilograms (145.51 lb) or 32 percent is steel. More steel is used in the TT Roadster reinforcements; namely, the bulkhead, strongly ribbed sills, windshield frame and the A-pillars, so that the aluminium/steel ratio becomes 58 percent to 42 percent.

AST construction not only makes the Audi TT very lightweight but also sturdy. It also comes with vibration dampening. This ensures precise and dynamic responsiveness, quiet comfort and great passive safety. A set of optimised retention systems provide passenger protection in crash events. The TT Roadster’s iconic cloth top is an ideal symbol of Audi’s lightweight construction philosophy. It keeps the car’s centre of gravity low, folds neatly and compactly, and perfectly complements the overall design.

Press Release

Introducing the Project Kahn Audi TR8

Having got his hands on an Audi A5 Coupe Sport and promptly transforming the vehicle into a visual icon, principal British Designer Afzal Kahn has decided to go one step further by introducing a sportier and aggressively smoother R8 style Audi TT.

And the result of Afzal Kahn’s flirtation with the Audi TT 2.0 FSI promises a powerful driving experience, taking the vehicle to a whole new dimension.

Ensuring improved interaction with a sense of power, performance and style, the Project Kahn Audi TR8’s silky, comprehensive outline finished in dark grey exudes elegance.

The innovative styling package is instantaneously decipherable and should satisfy those who prize comfort, style and all-weather capability.

On the outside, it looks immaculate. The body kit makes the TR8’s flawless lines continue: the new front and back vented bumpers in R8 look with mesh inserts, front grille, R8 style side blades, rear spoiler, stainless steel quad exhaust system, sports lowered suspension springs, front lower bumper lip in billet steel finish and door mirrors in a billet steel finish - draw you in like a guiding light.
Evolved through skilled artistic innovation and state-of-the art manufacturing and materials technology - our 20 -inch RSV alloy wheels exemplify what A. Kahn Design is all about: sophistication and accomplished artistic innovation.

Inside is a complete bespoke interior design service available to suit individual tastes. By buying a Project Kahn vehicle, you are given the opportunity to really make it your own – but the choice of the interior is at the discretion of the individual.

Project Kahn has a tradition of making super-sport versions of successful models. As one of the UK’s leading design houses, we recognise the importance of staying true to the original design themes of cutting edge luxury vehicles, while evolving them to achieve a new and dynamic appearance.

Topics: audi, audi tt, audi r8, kahn

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