File this one under: "makes sense to us." According to Car and Driver, the slick new gauge cluster found in the 2015 Audi TT will expand to other models in the automaker's lineup. In the near term, expect the tech to make its way into the next R8 supercar (with a special performance display for that model), as well as the upcoming, all-new versions of the A4 sedan and Q7 crossover.

Audi's new customizable gauges first debuted at this year's CES – it uses a 12.3-inch TFT display, and, while similar to the systems found in the Cadillac CTS, XTS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, this system has the ability to show full-screen, three-dimensional maps. We had a chance to check out the new display in-person at CES, and found it to be impressive, though we're curious to see how distracting it is while driving.

Car and Driver says the system is still undergoing small tweaks before Audi officially launches it in the TT later this year. From there, the display will be standard in the R8, but Audi is unsure about whether or not to offer it as a standalone option in the higher-volume A4 and Q7 models.


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      bonehead
      • 9 Months Ago
      Im quickly becoming a fan of the new TT based on interior alone. That steering wheel looks like a joy to hold, those seats look properly bolstered, there is a manual, and more importantly there is not an iPad like tumor stiching out of the dash. Hopefully it will handle well and not be numb. If so im sold!
      sparrk
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think LCD displays instead of real gauges are tacky.
      Jmaister
      • 9 Months Ago
      still think its a bad idea. I don't like the GPS mixing with the tach, especially in the center of all things.
        LW
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jmaister
        why? Audi had Nav info on their central display since around 2003.
          Jmaister
          • 9 Months Ago
          @LW
          GPS requires a moment of focus, your peripheral shouldnt be off the road. This setup requires you to look down and stare at the damn thing.
          geminiman7
          • 8 Months Ago
          @LW
          Here's what I think - The TT is one of the smaller cars and therefore doesn't have a display in the center console area. So Audi put the display behind the steering wheel. Yes, Audi has had nav info in the instrument cluster area since 1999. The 2000 A6 4.2 that I had had it. So the nav in the cluster area isn't new. Anyway, I suspect that larger models like the A4 - A8, with have BOTH the screen in the instrument cluster area behind the wheel AND a pop-up screen in the center console area. I'm sure Audi's engineers are smart enough to not get rid of the center screen in ALL of their cars.
      Richard
      • 9 Months Ago
      That's AWESOME!!! Now can we get a Q7 that doesn't predate Hurricane Katrina? Maybe take a break from making 15 versions of the Beetle that no one cares about? Thanks VAG!
      Anonymous Coward
      • 9 Months Ago
      catching up to Tesla finally
        LW
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Anonymous Coward
        obviously not. They did not just stick a giant tactile-less ipad in the middle.
        Raymond
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Anonymous Coward
        Gauge cluster....not center stack so negative.
      csrecord
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't like the fact it takes the passenger completely out of navigating, etc.
        bonehead
        • 9 Months Ago
        @csrecord
        Thats exactly what i like about it. Its a drivers car. Stuff the driver uses should be in front of the driver. And just look at how aesthetically clean that interior is without a dumb tv screen in the middle.
        PTC DAWG
        • 9 Months Ago
        @csrecord
        I abhor the giant screens up high in the middle of dashes.
          Daniel D
          • 9 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG
          Going to a car dealer must be an unpleasant experience when you are always in abhorrence. Better to put it down to a mild dislike and move on with life.
          bonehead
          • 9 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG
          I hate them too. They will look like utter crap in 10 years. They will date the car more than an 8track player. Any car with a giant ipad screen will not be a classic.
      SloopJohnB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Not so fast. Audi's LCD center was and is notorious for pixilation/failure after 60-80K and 5-8 years. I'm not sure this one will be any more reliable and it will certainly be a lot more expensive to replace after the warranty is up.
        Cayman
        • 9 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Those failures were on those single color LCD text displays. I don't see how that issue would be related to infotainment screens. It's not like Audi makes their own LCD's, I can't imagine it's not some electronics company(s) that will be manufacturing these for Audi.
      Eggmania
      • 9 Months Ago
      ok totally awesome with the leds on the hvac elements
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      I wonder how much this will cost when it breaks out of warranty. Not sure what advantage this has over analog other than g whizzy stuff.
        Cayman
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        Who knows about the first part. But most cars in this segment already have an LCD screen for their infotainment, so this would seem to be reducing parts that could break and need to be replaced. And LCD screens are pretty durable anyway. As for the second part, the main advantages are that is configurable and it allows for the removal of the center infotainment screen.
      yoko
      • 9 Months Ago
      kk
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      three-dimensional maps? Do you have to wear those goofy 3D glasses to see it?
      hboi18
      • 9 Months Ago
      These displays look nice...but I always wonder what would happen if you get in your car and it just doesn't turn on or the information is completely wrong like you think your going 60mph and you get pulled over and you find out your going 80...
        SloopJohnB
        • 9 Months Ago
        @hboi18
        Umm…do the microsoft shuffle….turn off the ignition and turn it back on. Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..Rebooting…..
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