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2016 Audi TT sets new standard in cabin tech, design (pictures)

The third-generation Audi TT maintains the spirit of its predecessors' design, but moves things forward with R8 looks and a unique cabin tech interface that will ripple through the Audi lineup.

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Audi gives its TT model a complete redesign and rebuild for its third generation, while maintaining its iconic look.

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The TT comes with a direct-injection, turbocharged 2-liter, four-cylinder engine, making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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Although it uses a fixed suspension, ride comfort and handling are both excellent.

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Quattro all-wheel-drive also comes standard, and can push 100 percent of torque to the front or rear wheels.

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A corner braking system applies the brakes to the inside wheel in a turn to help handling.

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Similar to its predecessors, the TT gains practicality with a hatchback.

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There is 12 cubic feet of room in the back, but also consider the rear seats for cargo space, as passengers won't want to sit in that cramped area.

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Electric power steering uses a progressive ratio, making it easy to take even the tightest turns.

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Climate controls are cleverly integrated on the vents.

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The center of the dashboard lacks a radio head unit or climate controls, a unique design in the TT.

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The six-speed, dual-clutch transmission, which Audi calls "S tronic," includes Sport and manual modes.

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Even with the Virtual Cockpit interface, Audi retains consoles on the center console, with the all-important touchpad.

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The centerpiece of the Virtual Cockpit is an LCD panel that shows both virtual gauges and infotainment features, each system run by its own Nvidia Tegra 3 chip.

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At the push of a button the virtual gauges dominate the panel.

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Audi makes destination entry easy with a single field for alphanumeric input.

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The main menu screen lets you choose any infotainment function, all while keeping your hands on the wheel.

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Sub-menus let you browse a music library from a connected device or the car's own music storage.

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As seen on other Audi vehicles, DriveSelect lets you choose between Comfort, Auto, Sport and Individual drive modes.

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The rear view camera also shows up in the driver display.

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LED headlights come standard on the TT.

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With a base price of $42,900 in the US, the TT isn't cheap, but it does show off an incredible array of tech and excellent sports car handling.

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