Audi has just raised the bar for all-round techno-mastery with the new TT coupe. Here’s a quick taste of what we’re talking about. High-res LCD panels, twin quad-core CPUs, 4G data, touch control, natural-language voice recognition, iOS-aping search functionality, intelligent auto-dimming headlights, hybrid aluminium and steel construction, computer-controlled four-wheel drive. And more more, plenty more. The new TT goes way beyond the ‘virtual cockpit’ tech that grabbed the headlines when Audi first announced the car, even if that is the show-piece feature. But let’s start there anyway.
The new TT debuts a totally re-engineered Audi MMI infotainment platform. For the TT it’s driver-centric and involves a 12.3-inch 1,440 by 550 pixel virtual instrument panel and no central MMI display. Other less sporty Audis are expected to get the virtual cockpit plus a central display.
Anyway, for the TT Audi has gone with no less than two Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processors. One powers the virtual cockpit including digital rev counters and speedo, the other powers the infotainment functionality like mapping and media playback.
Without any moving parts and thanks to 12 segments in each headlight, they can steer around corners and auto dip to avoid dazzling other drivers and cyclists.
Overall it’s very hard not to come away seriously impressed by the technology in the new TT. Will this make the car a world-beating sports car? In truth, we actually doubt that. For sports car purists, both BMW and Porsche will likely retain the edge. But the technology will make the TT a superb all-round car to drive and own and live with. It’s a major step forward and in many ways it sets the standard that other car makers will struggle to match.