Audi has made gains in reducing the whole-life impact on the environment of the new TT.
Compared with its predecessor, the new car scores high with an increase in power output of up to 14 per cent and a simultaneous decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of 11 per cent.
This means that each car in the series saves around 5.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases over its entire life cycle. This includes not just carbon dioxide, but other substances such as methane, nitrous oxide and halogenated organic emissions.
“Our goal is to reduce significantly the overall emissions of each model compared with its predecessor,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development at Audi.
“However, it’s not just a matter of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. At Audi, we look at the entire product and process chain associated with mobility.”
Thanks to an intelligent combination of materials, Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in reducing the car’s unladen weight. The first model change in 2006 saw weight savings of up to 90 kilograms achieved. With the front-wheel driven 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT now weighing in at just 1,230 kilograms, this means that the car is once again around 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
Weight reduction and intelligent lightweight construction measures also have an impact on the vehicle manufacturing process. Here, it has been possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around nine per cent, or 800 kilograms – a result that benefits the customers. The new TT generation offers a better life cycle assessment than its predecessor, right from the very first mile.