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.