The Audi TT and TTS made their global debut in July 2014, but the American market was put on ice for one reason or another. Here we are, four month later, and we are finally getting word on the U.S. debut of the 2016 TT and TTS. The debut will take place at the 2014 LA Auto Show, which kicks off on November 18th for the press, but Audi has already let us in on the majority of the details surrounding the U.S.-spec TT and TTS.
We’ve all seen the new design, which debuted with the Euro-spec models back in July, and that doesn’t change with the trip across the pond. The cabin remains the same too, including the new virtual cockpit, which consists of a fully digital instrument panel. What changes are the powerplants, as the Euro-spec models received a handful of engine options, while the American models, as always, are limited to only one engine for each model.
The TT Coupe and Roadster will arrive on American shores carrying a 2.0 TFSI engine that tosses 220 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via quattro AWD. The TTS, which is only available as a coupe, will arrive with a slightly enhanced 2.0 TFSI engine that pushes 292 ponies and 280 pound-feet of twist to all four wheels. Both models will feature a six-speed, dual-clutch S tronic transmission and Audi Drive Select, which allows the driver to adjust the shift points, throttle response and steering. On the TTS, the Drive Select feature also allows the driver to adjust the magnetic-ride suspension with four modes: dynamic, auto, comfort, and individual.
The standard quattro AWD system is tuned to deliver optimal grip without impacting the car’s drivability. When the Drive Select system is in its dynamic mode, the quattro system converts to a rear-bias system to give the TT and TTS a more tossable feeling that is typically not present on AWD sports cars. This system also allows up to 100 percent of the power to be transferred to the front or rear axle, as needed. Finally, an updated electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch in the quattro system helped drop 3.3 pounds when compared to last year’s system.
The TT and TTS will arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2015, and prices will be released at a later date.