The 2007 Audi TT Typ 8J was officially presented to the public on April 6, 2006. While the original vehicle’s DNA is still there, the new sports car features an even more streamlined appearance with clean, dynamic lines making the Bauhaus-inspired design look a lot less boring than that of the outgoing model.
Of course, Audi doesn’t limit its sales pitch to just new design. Enthusiasts that buy this sort of vehicles always demand more and more power with every new iteration of their favorite models, so increase in available power was in order. Yes, the second generation of the extremely popular sports coupe is claimed to be even more energetic than the very first TT.
While the first generation (aka Typ 8N, manufactured in 1998-2006) was essentially just an ordinary 1997 Volkswagen Golf 4Motion in a wolf’s skin, the new Audi TT is a completely new car that doesn’t share a lot of crucial components with an older model.
Internally known as Typ 8J, the second-gen TT is built on VW’s recent PQ35 platform. Also shared by the 2004 Golf, 2007 Eos convertible and the 2008 Tiguan crossover SUV, it is the first VAG’s platform featuring a fully independent suspension.
However, the key word is ‘aluminum’: while quite difficult (and also quite expensive) to manufacture, the metal allowed the German manufacturer to seriously decrease the vehicle’s curb weight resulting in better fuel economy and better handling.
The whole front side and skin panels of the car are made out of this light metal. Only the backside is made from steel in order to keep the new Audi TT’s mass distribution more balanced.
The new model’s got larger, too. Comparing to the older car, it is 137mm longer and 78mm wider, although, counter-intuitively, 50kg lighter for the top 3.2-litre, 250bhp Quattro.
As the company says in its press release, the 2007 Audi TT will come to the market with two powerful engines that work on gasoline (I still suspect that the European market will also have at least one turbo-charged diesel: sporty oil-burners that deliver lots of torque, but are still very fuel efficient, are quite popular there).
The 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI engine features FSI direct injection system and develops 200 horsepower. Being mated to a six-speed manual, this engine takes just 6.4 seconds to accelerate the car from zero to 62 mph.
The naturally breathing 3.2-liter V6 develops 250 horsepower and reaches the 62 mph mark in 5.7 seconds making the car a decent competitor to the German BMW Z4 and Porsche Cayman, as well as to the Japanese Nissan 350Z and the Infiniti G37 coupe.
According to the German company, there will be a front-wheel drive version of the car and a more advanced one that will wear the famous Quattro badge on its grille.
While the first generation TT featured a Torsen center differential, the new version comes equipped with Haldex Traction, which is more compact and also lighter.
The vehicle will be built at WAG’s Gyor factory in Hungary.
2007 Audi TT Typ 8J 2.0 FSI technical specification
Body Type: 2-door coupe
Layout: front engine, RWD
Engine: 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) @ 1800 rpm, 2.0-liter, inline-4, FSI
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Top Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h) electronically limited
0 – 62 mph: 6.4 seconds
Overtaking 80 -120 km/h N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 23 / 31 (10.2 / 7.6)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 164.5 / 72.5 / 53.5 / 97.2
Ground clearance (inches): N/A
Track (frt/rr): 61.9 / 61.3 in
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 36.0
Curb Weight: 3130 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 4 (2+2)
Cargo capacity, max (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: BMW Z4, Ford Mustang, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Chrysler Crossfire, Infiniti G35, Porsche Boxster