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Audi TT SUV in the driving report: New trophies for tourists

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D he Audi TT offroad concept is currently only a study, but as a hybrid SUV it becomes an ambassador for impressive key data: its total output is 408 hp. Consumption should be just 1.9 liters of premium gasoline per 100 kilometers, and the sprint to 100 km /h completes the roughly 1.5-ton four-door vehicle in a nimble 5.2 seconds, according to the factory. The top speed? 250 km /h, electronically cordoned off.

The first test drive on the prestigious Cannes promenade was a surprise. The Audi TT offroad concept not only offers significantly more space at the front than one would have expected the descendant of the sporty, tightly cut TT Coupé. He keeps the roof at a respectful distance, even on the back seats. Even the tallest occupants.

The Audi designers have immortalized the roof line of the TT with the trick of a flat edge a few centimeters above the upper window line in the sheet metal of the SUV study: visual clues as to how far that The roof of the Audi TT offroad concept was actually pulled higher towards the rear in order to achieve a more airy feeling of space in the rear.

Audi TT offroad concept with 292 turbo hp

Both look cool unmistakable push buttons in the three-spoke steering wheel. The red right button controls the on and off function, while the pusher for the left thumb carries an unmistakable message from motorsport: Booster. Here the two electric motors can support the two-liter turbo, which itself already produces 292 hp. Wonderful for overtaking, paired with a pinch of driving feeling á la Nico Rosberg.

The hybrid technology used in the off-road TT replaces the mechanical all-wheel drive that Audi has perfected over the decades. Not only that the Audi TT offroad concept can drive more than 50 kilometers purely electrically and thus locally emission-free and thus has a total range of up to 880 kilometers.

The transversely mounted 2.0 TFSI engine overworks a separating clutch with an electric motor that produces up to 40 kW of power and 220 Nm of torque. The narrow, disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into the six-speed dual clutch transmission and sends the drive torque to the front wheels. Independent of this drive unit, there is a second electric motor on the rear axle of the Audi TT offroad concept, which has a maximum of 85 kW and 270 Nm.

Is the one that is driven as standardAt the end of the front axle with the power transmission to the road, the electric motor of the rear axle switches on automatically and unobtrusively. Heavy and expensive conventional technology such as a cardan shaft or a complicated center differential is no longer necessary.

The management of the three motors offers three driving modes. In EV mode it goes purely electrically up to 130 km /h, in hybrid mode all three drives work together as required. Often the front electric motor then takes on the role of the generator. In sport mode, the full system performance is available - when “boosting”, i.e. when accelerating vigorously, the rear electric motor is coupled with the combustion engine. On slippery roads or in light terrain, the Audi TT offroad concept becomes an e-tron quattro, so to speak.

The chassis of the Audi TT offroad concept proved itself at the first roll out of auto motor und sport still as a representative of the rather rigid way of life, which may also have been due to the 21-inch rims mounted for optical reasons. Until the start of series production of the TT-SUV, about the time of which Audi is currently still spreading the great silence in Ingolstadt, the suspension and damping are likely to undergo modifications. The sports seats provide effective support for the driver's upper body, and the space for the legs is like a solid tunnel with enough space on all sides. The seating position and cockpit design have been chosen so that the driver has enough opportunities to support himself against the forces that arise, even when driving quickly off-road.

The new electric power steering and the manageable front end allow the new Steering the Audi TT offroad concept with pleasing precision. When reversing, the camera and monitor help.

Audi TT offroad concept is intelligent and luxurious

The instruments of the Audi TT offroad concept are fully digital in line with the current trend. The central screen with speedometer, rev counter, switchable displays, for example for the navigation system or a g-force meter and the info block can be clearly read even in direct sunlight.

When the Audi TT offroad concept comes, it will have two new driver assistance systems that are about to be ready for series production: the intersection assistant, which warns of cross-traffic, and the traffic light information system: the city's central traffic computer can forecast the speed at which the Audi is traveling must, so that it reaches the next green light.

The silhouette and details of the design of the Audi TT offroad concept are clearly reminiscent of the TT Coupé, the starting point for further developments. The overhangs are short, the “glass house” has a sporty, tight cut and is strongly drawn in towards the top; the height ratio is 30:70. The interior is classy. Steering wheel, upper instrument panel and the outer zones of the door panels are with granite grayFine Nappa leather covered. Headlining, pillar trims, door panels and the center tunnel are covered with Alcantara. The door armrests, the console of the center tunnel and the seats have rock gray covers made from the luxurious leather of the Italian brand Poltrona Frau.

Audi has not yet announced when the Audi TT offroad concept will come. Anyway, the official language regulation is the statement that only one of the two designs presented here will be realized. Since the SUV and the four-door model are based on the MQB modular transverse matrix, not every screw has to be redesigned. It is therefore conceivable that Audi will build both new TT versions and be able to offer them in two or three years.

Audi TT Sportback concept as a four-door with 400 hp

Formal derivations from a successful original are sometimes reminiscent of a design that was violent. So the first sight of the Audi TT Sportback study in traffic on the Cote d'Azur is all the more pleasing: Here comes a crouched, sporty compact sedan in which the proportions are correct, the glass and sheet metal distribution is successful and the family Overall, genes clearly indicate which stable the Sportback comes from. The underlying TT Coupé was not disfigured by the growth spurt, but enriched with an elegant variant.

Taking a seat is reminiscent of the roots of the four-door model. At 1.38 meters, it is only three centimeters higher than the flat coupé, and the body needs to be carefully stowed behind the steering wheel, buckling the hips. Watch out for the edge of the roof.

Once in the cockpit, the new TT Sportback envelops its driver like a high-tech tailor-made suit with a shot of additional elbow air. Six centimeters more external width than the Coupé creates space in the cockpit, and the legs also have enough space to relax and lie back and forth during a long journey.

This also turns the short trip in the TT four-door into one long lasting experience. Sporty Audi spells either RS ​​or TT, and with its 400 hp TSFI turbo four-cylinder, the new Sportback should sprint from zero to 100 km /h in just 3.9 seconds, according to the factory. The times when many thoroughbred sports cars failed to overcome this hurdle are not long over.

The feedback from the steering, chassis and the entire body kinetics fits perfectly with the concept of the TT Sportback. With this compact limousine, you can 'ripple' to your heart's content, which the racing drivers of yesteryear understood to mean the millimeter-precise, extremely rapid traversing of curvy country roads. The low center of gravity, the good traction, never less than 450 Newton meters of torque over a speed range of 3,600 rpm, the low weight thanks to many aluminum parts - these are the characteristics that the Audi study almost calls outAlready unmistakable after the race track.

Audi's head of development Ulrich Hackenberg sums it up: “The advantages of the Coupé and the Sportback versions of the A5 and A7 form a possible new member of the TT family in the TT Sportback concept. “

The traditional main role in a sports car is played by the engine, and here the TT Sportback study provides substantial data: At 6,400 rpm, the turbocharged four-cylinder delivers 294 kW (400 hp). Between 2,400 and 6,000 revolutions per minute, the engine applies 450 Nm of torque to the crankshaft, and more than 300 Newton meters are available at 1,900 rpm. The fuel consumption is appropriate for the high-performance engine: on average it consumes 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers.

High-tech athlete on 21-inch -Rims

As a member of the EA 888 engine family, the direct injection engine carries an extensive high-tech package. These include the camshaft adjustment on the intake and exhaust side as well as the variable valve lift. In the partial load range, an intake manifold injection supplements the FSI direct injection. The exhaust manifold embedded in the cylinder head regulates the heat build-up via a rotary valve for the cooling water. The muscle-building measures also include: aluminum pistons with integrated cooling ducts and a crankshaft made of high-strength forged steel. The also newly developed turbocharger builds up a relative boost pressure of up to 1.8 bar. The cut-off limit of the sporty unit is 7,200 rpm.

Since a pure front-wheel drive would quickly reach its limit with this performance data, the TT Sportback has permanent all-wheel drive. Its dual clutch transmission has seven forward gears and shifts automatically if the driver does not want to intervene using the paddles on the steering wheel. While McPherson struts act on the front axle, the rear wheels are guided on a four-link construction.

The tire format is 255/30 on 21-inch rims. The four 18-inch brake discs are weight-saving in a wave design and are activated in the corner limit area: The electronic stabilization control ESC can also brake spinning wheels, for example on the inside of the curve, and thus supply the more loaded wheels with a higher drive torque. This torque vectoring technology means a plus in neutrality, stability and traction.

The equipment of the interior is not yet binding and therefore only refers to the study presented here. There is space for two people in the rear, also on single seats with integrated headrests. Although the four-door model has a wheelbase that is 12 centimeters longer than the coupe, the space in the rear seats is somewhat limited for taller adults. Seen from above, the instrument panel should be reminiscent of the wing of an airplane, the five round air vents resemble theEngines. The controls for seat heating, circulating air, temperature, distribution and strength of the air flow are located in their axes.

The virtual cockpit, or more precisely the digital instrument cluster, replaces the conventional instruments and the central monitor. The driver can switch the 12.3-inch display on several levels. Operation is via the multifunction steering wheel or the MMI terminal. The touchpad on the round turn-push controller of the center console is used to enter characters and also processes multi-finger gestures - the driver can, for example, zoom in on the navigation map as he knows it from a smartphone.

The The instrument panel and the upper area of ​​the door panels are in dark granite gray. A new, soft leather in the color parchment beige is used on the armrests of the doors, on the center console and the seats, with a natural finish and a silky shimmer.

The first test drive in the Audi TT Sportback study is definitely taking place Would like more. However, Audi does not want to unpack the big surprise whether and when this will be possible and, above all, at what price.


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