While the all-new model debuted earlier this month at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, the 2015 Audi TT will carry one for another 12 months or so with some relatively minor upgrades for the next selling season:
- Heated front seats are now standard across the lineup for the 2015 Audi TT.
- Designers have created a new look for the TT's standard wheels.
- The hi-po 2015 Audi TTS welcomes an available Competition package that includes a choice of two new exterior finishes (Imola Yellow or Nimbus Gray), a fixed rear spoiler, silver-finished "5-arm-Rotor" wheels and, in the cabin, Baseball Optic leather seating set off by Imola Yellow accents and contrast stitching.
The 2015 Audi TT roster will otherwise remain the same, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. For example, even the entry model is a true athlete, thanks to one of Audi's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TSFI turbocharged engines. The base unit makes 211 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, and with Audi's extensive use of aluminum helping keep down curb weight, that’s enough to propel the TT from 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds. The TT roadster runs that sprint in 5.6 seconds, while the higher-performing TTS, squeezing out 265 horses to go with its 258 lb.-ft. of torque, brings that number down below 5 seconds; the TTS convertible is just a few ticks faster at 5.1 seconds.
In all cases, performance in the 2015 Audi TT is further improved with standard quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi "magnetic ride" damping technology and a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Bigger changes, of course, can be expected for the brand-new third-generation TT and TTS that are scheduled to arrive in the United States as 2016 models. Wearing a further evolution of the original's iconic design, the new models will tap into Audi's latest technologies to offer:
- More powerful and efficient engines, including a 2.0-liter clean-diesel unit (that's not confirmed for U.S. drivers yet)
- Expanded reliance on premium LED lighting, with both traditional LED headlights and Audi Matrix LED technology
- Audi's "virtual cockpit" interior design, in which the vehicle's instrument cluster and MMI control interface are integrated into one advanced 12.3-inch TFT display
- The latest MMI and navigation features, highlighted by the introduction of natural voice recognition in the TT
MSRPs for the 2015 Audi TT family, as well as the next-gen 2016 lineup, will be revealed at a later time.