News broke out last year that production of the current Audi TT model will soon be shelved, in favour of models running newer electric Audi battery technology. But many car enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the company has decided to postpone the retirement of the current-generation TT, at least until 2022. This means that the standard combustion-powered version, along with its old Audi TT car battery, will stick around a bit longer before the era of the EV finally takes over.
The 2021 TT doesn't intend to merely exist, though, as it will come in loaded with a barrage of new features and equipment.
Audi has added more equipment as standard to the latest TT model, including smartphone-mirroring functions, Nappa leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, navigation features, and a premium audio system.
As a standalone option, the TT will also come with nineteen-inch wheels and summer performance tyres. Additionally, convertible models now have a neck-heating feature as standard. Two additional colour schemes have also been added to the palette: Chronos Grey and Navarra Blue.
Engine, Transmission, And Performance
Mechanically, nothing changes for the TT. The latest model still comes with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which generates 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Every TT routes its power through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with Quattro all-wheel-drive. This makes for responsive handling and ensures that you’re in for an enjoyable drive.
The cabin of the new TT sports a minimalist and elegant design that makes heavy use of premium materials. The front seat is also more comfortable than the norm for small sports cars.
Technically, the coupe model can seat four, but the rear seat is cramped and might be better suited to luggage or groceries than fully grown adults. The TT doesn't lack cargo space either, as the convertible and coupe models offer 8 and 12 cubic feet respectively.
Connectivity And Infotainment
Previously optional connectivity features are now standard for the 2021 model. Apart from the navigation and premium audio system, the new TT also comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, there is no central display screen or touchscreen installed.
Instead, infotainment functions are displayed on the digital gauge cluster located in front of the driver. The driver uses buttons built into the steering wheel to control these functions.
Driver-Assistance And Safety
The TT is yet to be crash-tested by the NHTSA or IIHS and is not available with forward-collision warning, drowsy-driver monitoring, or automated emergency braking. However, it has key safety features like standard parking sensors on the front and rear, as well as blind-spot monitoring.
Audi has made the TT more about aesthetics and less about performance. Its engine, though satisfactory, is not as powerful as other sports cars in the same class.
If you're after power, you'd want to opt for the top-tier TT RS model, as it's packed with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine that produces 394 brake horsepower.
Audi hasn't released the full price details on the new TT models yet, but we can expect them to cost more than the 2020 version’s price tag because of its significant step-up in features.
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