Audi marks TT milestone with 500 TTS Limited Edition models

Article by Anita Panait, on October 14, 2013

Audi reached another milestone after topping 500,000 combined deliveries of its TT sports car since its 1998 debut, and is releasing a limited number of a special version of the TTS. Audi will build 500 units of the new TTS Limited Edition. Its Coupe version carries a tag of £38,860 OTR, while the Roadster form is priced at £42,320 OTR.

Of the 500 TTS Limited Edition, 120 will be allocated for customers in the United Kingdom. The TTS Limited Edition models will surely be distinct thanks to an Audi exclusive paint finish -- Nimbus grey for Coupé models and Imola yellow for Roadsters. Both versions of the TTS Limited Edition feature a fixed rear spoiler in the style of the flagship TT RS.

The versions will also be fitted with a 19-inch five-arm rotor design alloy wheel. The interior of the vehicle gets special Impulse grey leather upholstery with ‘baseball’ stitching in grey and yellow. A ‘1 of 500’ plaque is placed in the door insert to highlight the vehicle’s exclusivity. 

The TTS Limited Edition also boasts of driver aids and entertainment features -- including a technology package that consists of DVD-based satellite navigation, a Bluetooth mobile phone interface and Audi Music Interface (AMI) iPod connection. It also features a BOSE sound system upgrade, rear parking sensors, cruise control, light and rain sensors and an interior light package.

Audi manufactures the body of the new Audi TT at its Ingolstadt plant in Hungary. The body is built from a combination of aluminum and steel, following the ASF (Audi Space Frame) principle. ASF is an innovative aluminum technology that Audi developed in the early 1990s. Audi assembles the TT at its facilities in Gyor, Hungary, with parts shipped from Ingolstadt through a resource-efficient rail transport.

The body of the new Audi TT features a skeleton made from extruded aluminum sections and die-castings. Forming a positive connection, the aluminum sheet panels of the TT plays a load-bearing function within this structure. Featuring different shapes and cross-sections, the individual components combine the best possible function and the lowest possible weight.

Interestingly, the front end, the superstructure and the floor of the new Audi TT are made from aluminum while the doors and the trunk lid are fabricated from deep drawn steel. Its rear panel, bulkhead and the rear section of the floor assembly, on the other hand, are made of high-strength steel. The usage of materials in strategic located allows the new TT to boast of a balanced axle load distribution, which results to a more dynamic handling.

As for the material mix, aluminum accounts for 68 percent of the weight of the TT Coupe and 58 percent of that of the TT Roadster. The closed body is made from 140 kg (308.65 lbs) of aluminum and 66 kg (145.51 lbs) of steel, for a total weight of 206 kg (454.15 lbs) – or up to 45 percent (100 kg or 220.46 lbs) lighter if the superstructures are made from steel. Depending on the model, the TT has a curb weight that is between 20 kg and 90 kg (44.09 lbs and 198.42 lbs) lighter than the first-generation mode with a steel sheet metal body.

Press Release

Audi TTS Coupe competition

Half a million Audi TT cars have been built. Audi is celebrating this production milestone for its compact sports car with an exclusive special edition model. Coupé and Roadster versions of the 200 kW (272 hp) Audi TTS competition will begin rolling off the assembly line in October 2013. Total production is limited to 500 units.

The Audi TT has long been a design icon, and Audi is setting new accents with the TTS competition. It is available exclusively in the special paint finishes Imola yellow or Nimbus gray, and its exterior calling card is a fixed rear wing with bars in a matt aluminum-look finish. The Roadster's top is available in either Black or Gray. The 19-inch wheels feature a five-arm "Rotor" design and are shod with beefy 225/35 tires.

The Impulse leather package in steel gray dominates the interior of the TTS competition and uses characteristic leather bands as decorative elements. Their cut edges are dyed Imola yellow, and this same shade of yellow is used for the contrasting stitching. Aluminum badges on the door trims embossed with "1 of 500" further accentuate the exclusivity of the special edition model.

A leather multifunction steering wheel with a more strongly contoured rim and the rear parking system round out the equipment. All other features - from xenon plus headlights and Audi magnetic ride damper control system to aluminum inlays - correspond to the already comprehensive list of standard equipment in the TTS. The TTS competition is also very attractive financially. The extra charge for the competition package is just 1,900 euros.

With its 200 kW (272 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, the 2.0 TFSI engine defines the dynamic character of the Audi TTS competition. Paired with the six-speed S tronic, it accelerates the Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.3 seconds (5.5 seconds with manual transmission). Average fuel consumption for the Coupé is 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers (30.55 US mpg) with the S tronic, 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers (29.77 US mpg) with the manual. The Audi TTS competition Roadster with the six-speed S tronic sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.5 seconds. With the manual transmission, this same sprint takes 5.7 seconds. The Roadster consumes 7.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (29.77 US mpg) when equipped with the S tronic and 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers (29.04 US mpg) with the manual. quattro permanent all-while drive delivers the power to the road in all models, and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph)

Limited to just 500 units, the Audi TTS competition is a particularly exclusive special edition model. For all regular TT variants with up to 155 kW (211 hp), Audi offers the S line competition trim line, which also features special visual cues, 19-inch wheels and the S line sports package.

The production of the 500,000th Audi TT documents the success of the compact sports car. The TT achieved design icon status with the very first generation, which debuted as a Coupé in 1998 and as a Roadster the year after. Its consistently implemented clarity of form and the loving attention to detail continues to captivate both the media and customers alike.

As a Coupé, the compact sports car impressed with its 2+2 seating concept and variable luggage compartment; as a Roadster with its puristic, lightweight cloth top. It set standards with its technology: with the potent downsizing turbocharged engines, quattro all-wheel drive for the high-end models and with the six-speed S tronic, which debuted in the model series in 2003.

The second generation, which followed in 2006/2007, marked the first time that Audi succeeded in reversing the weight spiral. The ASF (Audi Space Frame) body, which is made predominately of aluminum, made the new version as much as 90 kilograms (198.42 lb) lighter than the previous model. The low weight enables strong performance with very low fuel consumption. Another Audi innovation was the TT 2.0 TDI quattro: the world's first premium-segment sports car with a powerful diesel engine and all-wheel drive.

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