The original Audi TT was first produced back in April 1998, at a factory located in Gyor, Hungary. And after many years, the 500,000th unit has rolled off the production line -- an important milestone for the company. The 500,000th unit is a TTS Coupe finished in Viper Green, and is currently on its way to its owner in the United Kingdom. Across three generations, Audi has produced over a million units of the TT.
The TTS Coupe is a beefed-up version of the TT Coupe. Under its hood is a turbocharged 1,984 cc engine that gives out as much as 286 horsepower at 5,300-6,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque from 1,800 to 5,200 rpm. In just 4.7 seconds, the roadster can accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour before continuing on to its top speed on 250 km/h. The engine comes standard with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that gives power to the all-wheel drive. The TTS is definitely one fast car.
The price range of the TTS Coupe varies depending on the seat options - Nappa leather or Alcantara.
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At Audi’s Hungarian plant, there are about 4,000 people in charge of manufacturing the TT Coupe, alongside high-powered RS versions of both body styles. This factory is also in charge of assembling the A3 models namely the A3 Sedan since June 2013, which was followed by the A3 Cabriolet in October of the same year. It was in this factory where both models were produced the first time.
The automaker plans to add more models to the assembly line, such as the Q3, as it will be moved from the Martorell, Spain to the plant in Hungary. This will not happen until next year though as the luxury compact crossover arrives as a new generation model. Along with it will be its more stylish sibling, that is the first ever Q4. To make this possible, Audi needs to build a new assembly line that will require as much as 80,000 square metres (861,112 square feet) of space.
Last year, Audi Hungaria was able to roll out 122,975 cars, at the same time building 1,926,638 engines in total. To be more specific, they were able to manufacture a wide array of engines that range from 86 horsepower (63 kilowatts) and 610 horsepower (449 kilowatts). These comprise six different types of gasoline engines and five kinds of diesel engines. If you had not known, there are about 6,000 employees that are assigned to work here just to build engines. In one day, the plant needs to produce as many as 8,800 engines that will be shipped to 32 plants on three continents.