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Audi TT 8S 3rd generation BASE PRICE USA $43,825-$52,825 BODY TYPE Coupe, Convertible Weight loss is good for pe...
Audi TT 8S 3rd generation

BASE PRICE USA $43,825-$52,825
BODY TYPE Coupe, Convertible

Weight loss is good for people, and even better for cars. Audi trimmed nearly 100 pounds from its TT. The result is a more serious, performance-oriented roadster, especially if you opt for the 292-hp TTS. Along the path to higher performance, however, the TT lost some of its exuberant individuality. From the outside it looks like just another Audi. Inside, though, there are intuitive controls in an attractive dashboard, making the TT an even more pleasant place to be.

Audi TT/TTS
Base Engine 2.0L/220-hp/258-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine 2.0L/292-hp/280-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD
Transmission 6-sp twin-cl auto
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49%
A cool coupe that’s lost some of its personality
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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 8 months ago
    Early Adopter. The Gen 2 TT RS is fresh out of the factory, but German tuner, HG Motorsport, has already tweaked one of these fiery five-pots… The first tuned Gen 2.

    TT RS World's first tuned Gen 2

    There’s been a whole world of hype surrounding the new TT RS. Right from the off, Audi fans were hungry for info on the second generation car and speculation was rife. When it was finally unveiled, it was greeted with enthusiasm. Some may have baulked at the price once the options sheet had been subject to vigorous box ticking, but this is standard for an Audi. The Gen 2 TT came out very well in road tests, with even hackneyed motoring journos admitting it’s a good car. And they absolutely loved the engine. The only slight fly in the ointment (in the UK at least) is that this year’s allocation is limited to just 200 cars. Which is sure to make these things a rare sight on the roads (until next year).

    With 400hp (395bhp), 0-62mph achievable in an eye watering 3.7secs, and a top end of 173mph (when derestricted), the performance credentials are impeccable. However, the tuning and aftermarket industry has been champing at the bit to begin tweaking this rapid fivecylinder and this, my friends, is the first offering.

    Unveiled at the recent Essen Motorshow, it’s HG Motorsport’s take on the TT RS. It represents a package of bolt-on upgrades that are designed to enhance the TT RS’s already desirable character. It’s clear that the revised 2.5 #TFSI unit has big potential, so HGM began by removing some of the restrictions. Their demo car has been fitted with a bespoke sports exhaust featuring 89mm pipework and a more efficient air intake system.

    This should improve the flow of air and gasses, but also allow that sonorous 5-pot to really howl when provoked. A larger, more efficient intercooler joins the party and should help to reduce temps – something that will become essential when the next stage of tuning arrives. A larger diameter downpipe and lightweight carbon fibre intake system are being developed too, with the downpipe promising significant potential gains. No power figures are available for the initial hardware upgrades, but once it’s been fully mapped and tested, we’ll update you. One thing’s for sure – once large turbos and supporting upgrades are added, we’ll be seeing new TT RSs with upwards of 500bhp.

    Of course, being a show car at Essen, the exterior needed something to show it isn’t factory spec. HGM has achieved this with a set of beefy 9.5x20in threepiece alloys. The Schmidt FS-Lines have a real supercar style to them and look great with matt spokes and polished barrels. These high-end alloys sit very neatly within the TT RSs arches, thanks to the substantial drop on KW Variant 3 coilovers. The exterior of this black coupe is finished off with some HGM graphics. So there we have it – the world’s first tuned Gen 2 TT RS. It doesn’t have a huge amount of upgrades, but it makes a statement and I don’t think it’ll be long before we see plenty more…

    Above: Virtual cockpit. Below: The 5-cylinder powerhouse.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #Audi-TT-RS / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #2017 / #Audi-TT-RS-8S / #Audi-TT-RS / #Audi-TT-8S /

    Engine 2.5 TFSI 5-cylinder, #HG-Motorsport performance exhaust system, uprated intake system
    Transmission S-tronic
    Suspension #KW-Variant-3 coilovers / #KW
    Wheels #Schmidt-FS-Line / #Schmidt 9.5x20 3-piece alloys with 245/30x20 Hankook Ventus S1 Evo tyres
    Contacts #Audi-TT-RS-HG-Motorsport www.hg-motorsport.de
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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 8 months ago
    2014 TT Gen 3 2.0 TFSI Special K #Audi-TT-K-Custom has created an alternative to the Gen 3 TTS, this ultra-low, 2.0 TFSI… Words Davy Lewis. Photography Jape Tiitinen. MK3 TT 2.0 TFSI with 330hp.

    When it comes to Gen 3 Audi TTs, it’s the S and RS models that tend to get the lion’s share of attention. Which is understandable. The S makes a very healthy 306bhp, and the recently launched RS is a 395bhp powerhouse. But it’s fair to say that these two cool coupes command a premium price, too. You’ll need over £30k to bag a used S and over £53k for a new RS – and that’s before you begin ticking those must-have optional extras. But there is another solution... the TFSI model.

    This lower-spec #Audi-TT-K-Custom-8S comes with a perky 2.0 turbo, which makes a useful 226bhp. In S-line trim, it looks the part, with subtle body additions, nice alloys and spec’d up interior including sports seats. Best of all, used TFSI TTs start from around, £22k, so they’re far more accessible than the S and RS versions. What’s more, you can take power up to around 330bhp (more than a stock TTS) with some relatively simple tuning work.

    For Nicolas Konhäuser, the 2.0 #TFSI TT made perfect sense. As a seasoned car builder and CEO of K-Custom Tuning in Germany, he wanted something that he could play around with to demonstrate the potential of these non-S/RS models.

    Upon taking delivery of the brand-spanking-new Audi, Nicolas got it straight into the workshop. The plan was to create the first ultra-low Gen 2 TT, but without using air-ride. Perhaps not the most practical thing to attempt, but then this was an exercise in extremes, to show how far things can be pushed, which would in turn get the car and K-Custom Tuning noticed. I’m not for one minute suggesting that lowering your Audi to this level is advisable (certainly not with the roads and speed humps in the UK), but you don’t have to go to this level. And this TT can be raised up in the workshop, when not in ultra-low show mode. For example, you could achieve a more performance oriented set up that still offers a good balance of looks and handling instead.

    For the exterior, Nicolas wanted something that would set this Gen 3 TT apart from the rest. As ever, this involves treading the fine line between something that complements Audi’s original design, and getting it very wrong with tasteless additions. For Nicolas, the lines of the TT looked perfect from the factory, so he has merely added some carbon fibre goodies.

    We’re not just talking splitter or door mirrors though (however the mirrors are carbon, of course). No, he’s fitted a full carbon front bumper and wings. These bespoke items really do the trick of making the TT stand out, and they also save a fair amount of weight, which is a bonus. The bumper has been wrapped, around the lower intakes, but left in bare carbon elsewhere, which links in neatly to the wings. The exterior is finished off with a green wrap and an ABT rear wing.

    Inside things are nicely equipped already. It was ordered with the fantastic Audi virtual cockpit and sports seats with diamond-stitched Alcantara centres. Nicolas has fitted a rear roll cage, which lends the cool coupe a certain motorsport air. And that’s it.

    Although this TT certainly stands out for its looks, it isn’t merely an exercise in style over substance. Under the bonnet, the 2.0 turbo lump has been fitted with an HG Motorsport downpipe, performance exhaust and a carbon fibre intake. With new software, it makes around 330bhp, which is more than a stock TTS. The next stage would be a hybrid turbo, which would see power jump to over 400bhp, and take performance into TT RS territory. But, for now, 330bhp is just fine.

    In line with the newly found grunt, Nicolas has wisely upgraded the brakes. The eight-pot calipers came off an R8 and grip 365mm discs, so they’re designed for stopping a heavier faster car. Should stand the TT on its nose, then.

    And that’s about it. A Gen 2 TT that has the looks and power to punch well above its weight.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATION #Audi-TT-2.0TFSI / #2014 / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #Audi-TT-tuned / #Audi-TT /
    Audi / #Audi-TT-8S / #Audi-TT-HG-Motorsport-8S / #Audi-TT-HG-Motorsport / #H&R / #Audi-TT-2.0TFSI-8S / #MB-Design

    Engine 2.0 TFSI, #HG-Motorsport downpipe, performance exhaust system, carbon fibre air intake, re-map
    Power 330bhp
    Transmission 7-speed S-tronic
    Brakes Audi R8 8-pot calipers with 365mm discs up front, VW Passat R36 calipers with 360mm discs rear
    Suspension K-Custom #H&R-DEEP coilover suspension, 150mm with camber plates
    Wheels & Tyres 9x20in ET42 #MB-Design-LV2.3 deep concave 3-piece wheels, 225/30R20 Hankook S1 EVO tyres
    Interior #Heigo-Clubsport roll bar
    Exterior Carbon fibre front bumper, carbon fibre front wings, carbon #ABT rear spoiler
    Tuning contacts #How-Deep , #K-Custom , HG Motorsport

    Below: Hard to believe this isn’t on air-ride... Right: 2.0 TFSI now makes 330bhp. Left: Alcantara seats and half-cage. Below: Carbon fibre wings and bumper. Top: Rear end is seriously smooth....

    “The next stage will be a hybrid turbo...”
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  •   Davy Lewis reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    2015 Audi TTS ABT-tuned TTS with 370ps / #ABT-Sportsline

    RAPID RESPONSE

    ABT Sportsline is always quick to the draw when a new car is launched, and their package for the new TTS transforms it into a 370ps TT RS chaser…

    Then latest generation TT has got off to a flying start. Strong sales have been reported and the more angular and aggressive design has found favour with a broad range of customers. We are eagerly anticipating what the RS model will bring – after all the Mk2 was one of the most loved and capable TTs of all time. Part of the appeal is the highly tunable and deliciously sonorous five-cylinder unit. Fortunately, this fantastic unit will be carried over to the new RS – where it will join the new RS3 and RS Q3 as engine of choice.

    But for now, we have the TTS to keep us satisfied, and to be fair, it’s a cracking car in its own right. The 2.0 TFSI makes a very credible 310ps and 380Nm, which imbues the cool coupe with Boxster worrying grunt. But, if you’d like to liberate a bit more potential from this strong unit, then the team at ABT Sportsline may have the solution.

    Their new ABT Power package for the TTS takes power up to a very lively 370ps and 460Nm This is achieved via the ABT Power engine recalibration, which is a simple plug and play affair.

    It’s fully tested, and even benefits from ABT’s comprehensive in house warranty. To fully exploit the potential of the potent fourpot, an ABT exhaust system including sports cats and uprated down pipe, helps free up significant power. When you consider these are all, simply bolt-on upgrades, the power increase is even more impressive.

    As ever, ABT can supply the full package for the TT, depending on how far you want to go.

    ABT upgrades are certainly not the cheapest out there, but what you get are very well-developed, high quality performance enhancements that offer peace of mind. ABT has also worked closely with Audi for many years, so their upgrades are about as close to factory approved as you’re ever likely to get (until Audi decides to produce its own upgrades – watch this space!). It’s interesting to see how far things have progressed over recent years.

    It doesn’t seem long ago that the 4.2 V8 R8 was considered a fast car, but now, a humble TT can achieve similar power with some very simple upgrades to its relatively small capacity 2.0 engine. The rest of the TT can be enhanced to complement to the power increase. Sports springs and ARBs are also added, together with wheel spacers to widen the track – which also happens to look great. ABT can also offer a range of new wraps, in gloss, matt, pearl or metallic for that truly individual look to your TTS. A range of wheels are available in 18 through to 20in, depending on what your tastes are.

    The exterior additions are subtle, but effective with a lower front splitter adding some drama to the nose, while the rear wing finishes of the back end a treat. Until the RS arrives next year, the S is the most powerful TT we’ve got, and the upgrades from ABT show just what can be achieved, although of course, there’s a lot more potential to be unleashed. Watch this space.

    “The rest of the TT can be enhanced to complement the power upgrades”

    Above: Subtle additions make a big impact on the TTS Left: 2.0 TFSI engine is highly tunable.

    Above: ABT mirror caps are neat.


    SPECIFICATION #2015 #Audi-TTS-ABT / ABT / #Audi-TTS / #Audi-TT / #Audi-TT-8S / #Audi-TTS-8S / #Audi-TTS-ABT-8S
    ENGINE 2.0 #TFSI , #ABT-Power-ECU recalibration, ABT performance exhaust system with four black tailpipes, with Y-pipe and high-flow cat.
    POWER 370PS and 460Nm
    TRANSMISSION 7-speed S-tronic
    BRAKES Stock rear and front
    SUSPENSION ABT sports springs -30/35mm, ABT ARBs
    WHEELS AND TYRES 20in #ABT alloys with 255/30 Continental tyres
    EXTERIOR ABT front splitter, mirror covers, rear wing, rear skirt insert, wrapped Interior ABT floor mats, Alcantara steering wheel, seats, centre console and other trim parts, LED door lights with ABT logo
    TUNING CONTACTS ABT Sportsline www.abt-sportsline.com Richter Sport www.richtersport.co.uk

    ABT’s focus is on high-quality, subtle upgrades – just the ticket.

    “High quality performance enhancements”
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