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Click above for high-res pics of the Audi TT-S coupe and cabrio.

After a series of leaks over the last few days, Audi has finally seen fit to release a bevy of images and the official press release for its Detroit-bound TT-S coupe and convertible. As a refresher, the TT-S finds motivation through a 2.0-liter TFSI inline four producing 268 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The coupe can do the deed to 60 in 5.4 seconds, while the roadster takes an additional .2 seconds to make the sprint. If you upgrade to the S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox, you can hack off an additional .2 seconds from the 0-60 time with the help of Quattro. Naturally, Audi has tweaked the suspension and upgraded the brakes, while Alcantara and aluminum finds its way onto the pedals and trim.

Live shots to follow in a few days. Stay tuned. Audi's full press release is posted after the jump.


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
      Barely faster than the 3.2 V6... And I sincerely doubt the vast majority of TT customers will notice the difference in suspension. So why bother?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why bother, you say well I say the reasoning is because this is honestly the first time I can say that I want one of those cars! It would handle better then the V6- and there is plenty of motor potential still left on tap. Also slightly better is still better on the side of acceleration I would rather be a bit ahead then a little behind. and lastly S!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe they should have just put in a big 300+hp turbocharged V6 in it? Who cares about weight!

        Nevermind the fact that the 135i weighs almost 1600kg, this is gonna be less then 1400kg despite it's AWD.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's my thought on the idea of the TT in the first place; why bother?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe the should've given it a big turbocharged V6 with 300+ horsepower like BMW with the 135i? Who cares about weight?

        Nevermind the fact that the 135i weighs 1600kg and this is gonna weigh less then 1400.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's still a Golf GTI with lipstick applied. Why pay $50K+ for something that is based on an economy car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, 0-62mph in 5 secs with DCT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autobild published factory claimed 5.2s stick shift and 5.1s DSG shift..

      why did the press text claim the same 6speed stick shift 5.2s and ontop they claim 5.4s?

      Confusing... this car will be lot quicker than the 3.2l.. better weight balance lower weight more torque at lower revs more peak power.. the 3.2l V6 is the soft comfort version never placed as top version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of you can complain about tenths of a second here and there, in a straight line. bleagh... it is meaningless.

      I just want to drive one to work every day, and for that I want a drop-top and a TDI.

      How about it Audi?

      --chuck
      http://chuck.goolsbee.org
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 2.0lt TT can be chipped to obtain 190kw and 410nm; giving a similar response to the Merc. C55 I've just sold. The Audi was half the cost outlay, and in 6 sp. manual is a delight to drive. With 19" rims and quad exhaust, I've got the TTS look and performance well ahead of release.
      Best move I've made after 6 BMW's and a Merc, this is the best European for the money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of you can complain about tenths of a second here and there, in a straight line. bleagh... it is meaningless.

      I just want to drive one to work every day, and for that I want a drop-top and a TDI.

      How about it Audi?

      --chuck
      http://chuck.goolsbee.org
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, 0-62mph in 5 secs with DCT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice design! Can't wait for the RS model.
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