Europeans get Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro with 45mpg

Audi today announced that the European market will be getting a 2.0 TDI quattro Audi TT and Audi TT Roadster. Both models will be available in the second quarter of 2008.

Being pitched as the first series-production sports car in the world to be powered by diesel engines the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine puts out a total of 170-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Audi TT Coupe brings in a fuel-economy 5.3 liters of fuel per 100km (45mpg in U.S. standards). The 0-62 mph for the coupe comes in at 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 140mph.

Pricing for the Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro and the TT Roadster 2.0 TDI quattro starts at EUR 34,850 and EUR 35,900 respectively.

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Audi TT Coupe and Roadster 2.0 TDI quatrro:

   

    

 

Press Release:

Performance and efficiency
The Audi TT TDI

Purist sportiness and compelling performance, combined with sensational efficiency ““ Audi is setting the trends yet again. The Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro and Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TDI quattro are the first series-production sports cars in the world to be powered by diesel engines. The two-liter four-cylinder engine delivers dynamic thrust, with a power output of 125 kW (170 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque. On average, however, the TDI in the TT Coupe requires only 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 mpg) ““ unbeatably low consumption in the sports car segment.

Trendsetter: Audi sets the pace

Audi is setting the pace with this synthesis of excellent dynamism and low fuel consumption, as it has been doing for many years: Since first appearing in 1989, the TDI engines of the brand with the four rings have set trends for the rest of the automotive industry. Today, these powerful, refined but highly efficient engines represent a modern, smart take on sportiness. The run of victories achieved by the Audi R10 TDI diesel racing car at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the American Le Mans Series is impressive evidence of the tremendous potential of this technology.

The production versions of Audi’s diesel engines, too, are noted for their dynamic performance. The TT Coupe quattro with the 2.0 TDI sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 226 km/h (140.43 mph). The Audi TT Roadster, likewise with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, takes just two-tenths of a second longer in the sprint discipline and has a top speed of 223 km/h (138.57 mph).

The TT’s low weight is a key factor in this impressive performance. The TDI Coupe tips the scales at just 1,370 kilograms (3,020.30 lb) and the Roadster, with its numerous reinforcing plates, at 1,415 kg (3,119.51 lb).

Both body versions use the hybrid design pioneered by Audi. Their forward structure is made from lightweight aluminum, the rear section comprised of steel ““ a concept that optimizes weight distribution.

The power transmission for the TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro and TT Roadster 2.0 TDI quattro is sheer high-tech, too. An ultra-efficient, precise and easy-to-shift six-speed manual transmission delivers the engine’s torque to the all-wheel drive, itself featuring a hydraulic multi-plate clutch as its nerve center. The clutch can redirect power as needed from the front to the rear wheels with lightning speed.

Audi’s two new diesel sports cars move along on sporty 16-inch alloy wheels. Their chassis, with electromechanical power steering and elaborate four-link rear suspension, is a highly complex structure. It guarantees a comfortable ride and ensures the car’s handling is both dynamic and safe ““ the key to thrilling, carefree driving enjoyment.

The diesel engine puts its particular strengths into play as part of this package ““ its smooth running, ample pulling power and outstanding efficiency.

The TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro and TT Roadster 2.0 TDI quattro will be available on the market in the second quarter, starting at EUR 34,850 and EUR 35,900 respectively. Audi, the creator of TDI technology, is set to extend its lead.

 

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