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click above for 20 more high-res images of the Audi TT-S

Spanish website Motorpasion somehow got its hands on 20 official-looking images of the soon-to-be-debuted Audi TT-S that some are guessing will be revealed next week at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. They say it will be sporting a 272-hp version of Audi's 2.0 TFSI engine and be available as both a coupe and convertible. Other features include LED daytime running lights and brushed nickel sideview mirrors like on other S models (the S5, S6, S8, etc.), quad exhaust tips and special TT-S badging. In these pictures (sorry about the obnoxious watermarks) we can clearly make out a revised front fascia with larger air inlets, a sharp chin spoiler and more polished accents on the vertical elements of the grille. The wheels, which must be at least 18-inches in diameter, fill out the wheel wells with little room to spare.

Rumor has it that the TT-S will be the production car that Audi has promised to debut in Detroit next week, while the "something stunning" is pegged to be a version of the Audi R8 powered by V12 diesel TDI engine.

UPDATE:
Official high-res images from Audi added to the gallery and press release after the jump.

[Source: Motorpasion]


PRESS RELEASE:

HIGH PERFORMANCE AUDI TTS DEBUTS IN DETROIT

272PS and standard magnetic ride system for the most performance-focused TT to date

  • New even higher performance version of acclaimed TT sports car available in Coupé and Roadster body styles
  • Debuts at the North American International Auto Show on January 13 and is expected to open for UK order in mid-2008
  • Powered by an extensively modified version of the 2.0-litre Turbo FSI petrol engine delivering 272PS and peak torque of 350Nm between 2,500 and 5,000rpm
  • Coupé (manual) 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, limited 155mph top speed, 29.7mpg, Roadster 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, limited 155mph top speed, 29.3mpg
  • Suspension, steering and brakes revised to complement enhanced performance
  • Standard Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system for optimum handling composure
The 'S' emblem that spells extraordinary performance in the Audi range graces the TT for the first time this month in a new, even more focused version of the iconic sports car debuting at the North American International Auto Show (January 19-27). Destined for the UK in mid-2008 in both Coupé and Roadster body styles, the TTS earns its esteemed badge through the adoption of a specially developed, 272PS Turbo FSI petrol engine complemented by state-of-the-art chassis technology.

Extensive revisions to the acclaimed 2.0-litre turbo charged and directly fuel injected petrol engine that already powers the TT have enabled its power to be boosted from 200PS to 272PS and its torque from 280Nm to 350Nm, available between 2,500 and 5,000rpm. Linked to six-speed, close ratio manual transmission the enhanced unit slingshots the TTS Coupé from rest to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds, and on the Autobahn is only curtailed by its electronic limiter at 155mph. With the optional S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission acceleration times are reduced by a further two-tenths of a second in both the Coupé and Roadster.

In addition to the evocative 'S' insignia, the most extreme production TT to date highlights its capabilities from the front through newly designed bi-xenon headlamps incorporating trademark Audi LED strip daytime running lights, a redesigned front apron incorporating larger air intakes and aluminium-look door mirror housings. The profile view is enhanced by deeper side skirts and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, which can be swapped for 19-inch alternatives at extra cost, while at the rear a revised rear bumper with - for the first time in a TT – four tailpipes protruding from its extended diffuser subtly conveys the newcomer's extra performance potential.

Inside, deep-set Alcantara and leather combination sports seats, exclusive 'S' instruments with white needles, metal pedals and special aluminium trim elements enhance the already very highly regarded sports interior.

Audi Space Frame (ASF)
Streamlined by its revolutionary lightweight Audi Space Frame aluminium and steel hybrid body shell, and pinned to the road by a comprehensively modified, quattro four-wheel-drive-equipped chassis, the new TTS has been designed to maximise the TT's inherent fun factor while retaining its safe, surefooted feel. Reworked power steering and enlarged brakes help the driver to profit fully from the exceptional performance, and to guarantee the highest degree of agility in all situations the space-age Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system is fitted as standard.

The magnetic ride system's sophisticated dampers are filled with a magnetorheological fluid containing minute magnetic particles that can be influenced by an electromagnetic field. By applying a voltage to the system's electromagnets, the viscosity of the fluid is altered by the affected magnetic particles, increasing resistance to damper movement to iron out pitch and roll when necessary, and reducing resistance when ride comfort takes precedence.

The new sports model is not only notable as the first TT to become a member of the esteemed Audi 'S quattro series', which numbers extra special models such as the 450PS S8 quattro among its ranks. Significantly, it also debuts on the tenth anniversary of the TT, the Coupé version of which became an overnight sensation following its launch in 1998.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      -- The 2.0T is a dream. This is WAY lighter than a GTI, and it has AWD. I have a feeling it will compare very well to the Porsche Boxster S and Cayman S. -- The Porsches will still be the driver's cars, but they will have a run for their money in daily drivability and overall speed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hehe, I own a four door GTI, so when I said GTI, I was thinking my GTI, which is about 50 lbs heavier than the 2dr you specified.

        Regardless, quattro weighs about 120 lbs...
        http://autos.msn.com/research/compare/exterior.aspx?c=0&n=3&i=0&ph1=t0&ph2=t0&tb=0&dt=0&v=t105842&v=t105826

        And the TT-S is said to have weight reductions... I figure 50 lbs.
        So 2965-50+120= 3035

        I'll call the 180 lb loss off my GTI huge thank you very much :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        You might want to check those weight figures again, Chase.

        The current TT 2.0 weighs just under 200 lbs. lighter than a comparable GTI (2,965 v. 3,162 when both have DSG/S-Tronic), but once Audi adds Quattro, spoilers and possible additional engine cooling to the TT-S, I'm betting it'll be within 50 lbs of a GTI.

        -SimianSpeedster
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a long time Audi lover, I think it's great. I am really not in a climate to enjoy a convertible enough to get one, though. That front grill is tough!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I thought I would point out that there is a fixed roof coupe in the post as well. I am sure with Quattro and some snows it will take pretty much any condition except for taking it offroad...

        You can thank me for pointing that out after you buy one!
      wanesso
      • 7 Years Ago

      still don't like those small lights in a row below the headllamps of these new audis...
      • 7 Years Ago
      see manufacturers, this is how its done properly.

      1) develop kick-ass engine (turbo 2.0 making between 200 and 272hp)
      2) drop said kick-ass engine into everything you can to amortize the cost of developing said kick ass engine (Jetta GLI, GTI, 3 versions of Passat, 3 versions of EOS, Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi TT)

      now just wish more automakers would follow that, the world would be a better place. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't forget VAG's application of the 2.0T in SEATs, Skodas, and soon the Tiguan.

        The only company that comes close to this kind of across-the-board use of a performance motor is Nissan with its 3.5L/3.7L V6 used in everything from Altimas to FXs. That motor is also very comparable to the 2.0T performance-wise -- the 2.0T has a much flatter power curve and is considerably lighter, but also has considerably less peak power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have been waiting for Audi/ Volkswagen to do this for a long time, give more power out of their turbo motors they have always been lacking power stock this just shows that they finally have more confidence in their own technology, cant wait to see this motor in the gti or gli's!
        • 7 Years Ago
        In Europe you can get the 30th anniversery version of the GTI which has 230hp.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You'll be waiting for a very long time. If the GTI had a 272hp awd option it would make the R32 moot, and the S3 moot. Currently the 2.0t produces 220hp in A4 guise and 265hp in S3 guise yet the VW range remains unchanged at 200hp, the same hp the engine debuted at in the GTI/2.0T/GLI. VW's like porsche and audi, their models within their brand portfoilo are very specifically placed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I more meant that i would like to see the power in the GTI, and GLI pumped up more from the factory then the 200hp thats all, i know the motor is capable, so i am just saying even if they bumped it to 250 it wouldn't take place of the R32 at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks great and will probably be fairly quick. The issue will be price. the 3.2 is already around 50k with options whats this going to cost?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Base MSRP? I sure as hell hope not, with the S5 starting at $50,000. I think it's more valid for this to come between the 3.2TT and S5 base prices, just north of 40,000 where the Z4 3.0si rests and provides little trouble to this new entry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's about time audi brought some respect to the TT,other then a car that just looks good .Next up should be a rs version with turbo 5.Bring back the day's of the SPORT QUATTRO and get back to the dirt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      272 HP for an S? Come on Audi! I love you guys but honestly quit under powering your non RS models!! At this HP rating it can't even compete with a Nissan 350z. But I guess you get the LED lights. :|
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Audi TT 3.2 quattro with 250hp allready does 0-62 in 5.9 seconds
        The Audi S3 which is heavier then the TT 3.2 with 265hp does 0-62 in 5.7 seconds.
        This will be lighter then the 3.2 and with 22hp more, expect 0-62 in 5.2 - 5.4 seconds.
        • 7 Years Ago
        After having flung my fair share of audis around the track (TT 3.2 q, R8, RS4, S4, S5, etc) All I can say is a) HOT DAMN, b) I'm GETTING ONE.

        272hp in the TT is going to be fantastic, the 2.0T variant is already more fun around the track, thus more power and less weight then the 3.2l will be even more entertaining, color me impressed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The regular 200 hp TT 2.0 TFSI goes like stink. Don't get hung up on the numbers...
        • 7 Years Ago
        erm. it's 500 pounds lighter than the obese, outdated 350z. this will be significantly quicker than a 350z.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, "It ain't just horsepower, it's the horsepower ya git to the ground".

        I have a lot of respect for the Nissan 350Z, et al. They are great on dry tracks on race day. But, I must deal with real life traffic, police supervision, and fuzzy weather. My Quattro is my snow car. Colleagues leave their higher powered autos in the driveway or garage, to drive the wife's FWD beater to work. They slink into the parking lot at work, hoping no one sees them.

        When it comes to comfortable, long-distance driving at speed, through a gap in the mountains in fog, packed snow, and ice patches (or even, just plain rain), at night -- I'll go with a car with better overall capability than one with sheer "horsepower" -- or torque (which may be more relevant to US driving considering our speed laws).

        Respectfully submitted, Andersonville.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And the TT is actually pretty light dispite it's AWD, especially compared to the 350Z.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AUDI: WTF?

      Quit letting Porsche tell you what to do! Stick a proper motor in the TT and sell it as the soul alternative to the RS4. I'd give my neighbors left nut (sorry, mine are in use) for the RS4 motor in a TT (with the brakes, tranny and suspension to go with it of course).

      Instead, I'll have to keep my M Coupe for that light fun car - that is until I can afford (thanks to "market adjustments") the portly GTR.


        • 7 Years Ago
        This is a transverse layout FWD car.

        I doubt the longitudinal FSI V8 is going to fit.

        The proposed R4 rumor is a mid-engined car, somewhat like the R8.

        Now if this were a front-longitudinal, AWD car, like the S4 and RS4, it might fit, but that is a whole different chassis.

        If you want that sort of thing, your best bet might be something like the BMW Z4-M coupe. Someone in the aftermarket can probably, and may already have put the M-V8 in that little hatchback, and the M-I6 is not a real slouch either.

        Or the Mid-engined Cayman S...

        But going nuts with a TT is a bit counter-productive, considering it's VW FWD roots.

        And personally, I think the standard car looks better, or the Caractere (sp? iirc) R8-look-alike body kit with the big jet intake look. The aerokit for this TT-S is kind of off-putting, especially the front lower bumper cover area.
        • 7 Years Ago
        WTF are you talking about?

        TT is based on the MkV Golf/A3. RS4 is a top of the range A4. How could TT replace the RS4???

        And how the hell could anybody put a big V8 in a small hatchback?

        And why would anyone do such a thing? I mean if you know anything about performance cars. There is a important thing called weight ratio/balance. Oh, wait am I talking to an American now? Then, putting a big V8 into any cars would make sense.
        wanesso
        • 7 Years Ago
        I love the TT coupe--can't beat the quattro handliing--but next car = the 2008 M3 for the shear thrill--.
        Don't like the row of christmas lights below the front headlamps on these new audis--looks cheap.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Last I checked, the 4.2l will not fit in the TT, that is, quite simply, why you're dream won't come true, that and the crowded niche this car enters (3.2l TT @ 41k, S5 @50k, TTs around 45k?). It has nothing to do with Porsche, and everything to do with running a business and platforms, unless you can think of another car on this platform with a 4.2l? No.
        wanesso
        • 7 Years Ago
        I love the TT coupe--can't beat the quattro handliing--but next car = the 2008 M3 for the shear thrill--.
        Don't like the row of christmas lights below the front headlamps on these new audis--looks cheap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one sweeeeeeet looking convertible.
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