Audi has taken the opportunity of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas - the same show where BMW gave us the self-drifty, Stig-unfriendly M235i - to reveal the inside of its new TT. Specifically, the dashboard.
Vijay Pattni08 January 2014
It’s the inside of the new Audi TT!
Digital dashboard enthusiasts, unite; Audi previews third-gen sportscar’s interior. Contains jet engines
And the headline news is that it's gone digital. Not Astra GTE digital, but properly, 3D graphics-on-a-TFT-monitor digital. In fact, the whole dash has been redesigned from the ground-up; fitting, when you consider the third-generation TT due later this year will also be completely fresh underneath, sitting on the VW Group's new MQB architecture.
So, this 12.3in TFT screen with its ‘brilliant' 3D graphics means there is no need for a central MMI monitor, allowing Audi to streamline the cockpit. The classic TT air nozzles are now said to resemble jet engines (this is good), with controls for the air con, seat heating, temperature, direction and strength of airflow all located in the vents and axes of these nozzles.
If you switch to the dash screen's ‘classic' view, you get a speedo and rev counter in the foreground, while in ‘infotainment' mode, you get smaller dials with more space for stuff like sat nav or audio.
Then there's a multifunction steering wheel with a flat-bottomed rim, aluminium-look clips in the spokes, together with an MMI terminal on the centre console tunnel. Audi has also simplified the menu structure too, making it more smartphone-esque. Additionally, we're told the sports seats have significantly curved side bolsters and are slung low, for added schportiness.
Looks good, we have to say. Now can we have the rest of the TT? Preferably the RS, please...
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