Jap Inspired Audi TTS Quattro
When does a European car start taking on distinctly Japanese characteristics? When it is an Audi TTS Quattro done up in the style shown here! Since the TT is commonly known as an expression of Bauhaus design principles, comprising of clean and understated lines, few owners would want to mess with the formula and go with the over-styled and wildly body-kitted look seen on a Japanese performance machine.
However, Pete, the owner of this car had thought differently, and wanted to create an individual look that blended these two opposing schools of thought. For that, Pete then spoke with Angry Elite GT to create custom carbon-fibre body parts, which included an all-new front spoiler lip, front canards, side skirts and a rear diffuser.
When fitted on this Audi TTS, the result could be best described as “distinctly different” maintaining that tasteful TT look and yet standing out from the sea of Audi TTS commuting round upscale districts with its Japanese style add-ons.
Styling settled, Pete then got to proceed with the Audi’s innards, working with Euromotive to get an APR Stage II ECU upgrade and a Meisterschaft GT exhaust system installed.
While the Audi TTS is not a slow car in stock form, with its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine putting out 270 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 2,500-5,000 rpm, the upgrades do make a vast difference, with claimed power figures of 350 horsepower, backed up by dyno results of 320 horsepower at the wheel. Such performance was also in line with Pete’s desire for strong and effortless acceleration behind the wheel.
Euromotive also got to work with beefing up this TT’s chassis, fitting KW Variant 3 coilovers, KW stabiliser bars and a camber plate. Not only do these modifications improve road feel, they also ensure this car can cope with whatever future power upgrades might come its way.
As for the brakes, they were taken care of with OEM-plus upgrades: Audi R8 6-piston calipers and 370 mm discs up front, Porsche Cayenne 4-piston calipers and 355 mm discs behind. These are shown off by the Volk Racing TE37 SL 19-inch six-spoke wheels, and which also serve to enhance “The Japanese Connection”.
The Japanese influences are also to be found on the inside, in the form of Bride Stradia sports seats, Defi gauges, a GReddy touch controller and a custom made roll-bar sharing space with the distinctly German cabin.
With such an ingenuous fusion of Eastern and Western tuning principles, it should therefore come as no surprise this TT has won widespread recognition from the Thai Audi TT owners community!
More grunt, less weight. In 2013, Audi showcased the Audi TT Ultra Quattro concept car, whose design has been optimised such that it weighs 1,111 kg, while its 2.0-litre TFSI engine has been enhanced to put out 310 horsepower at 3,800 rpm.
Owner : Pete
Vehicle : Audi TTS
Power : 350 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque : 350 Nm
Workshop : Euromotive / Angry Elite GT
Country : Bangkok, Thailand
2.0-litre Turbocharged Direct Injected Engine / Forge Motorsport + Audi Intercooler / GReddy Blow-off Valve / Black Forest Industries Engine Mounts / APR Stage II ECU tuning by Euromotive / Meisterschaft GT Exhaust System
Customised Carbon Fibre Front Lip, Front Fenders, Bonnet, Front Bumper Canards, Side Mirror Covers, Side Skirts, Rear Diffuser, Spoiler, Steering Centre Cover & Pedal Shifters by Angry Elite GT
KW Suspension Variant 3 Coilovers / KW Sway & Anti-roll Bar Front & Rear / Ground Control Camber Plate / Audi R8 6-Pot Brake Calipers with 370mm Discs Front & Porsche Cayenne 4-Pot Brake Calipers with 355mm Discs Rear / Volk Racing TE37SL Wheels 9.5×19” -22mm Offset
Defi + GReddy Touch Gauges / HKS Turbo Timer / Bride Stradia Sport Seats / Takata Safety Harnesses / Customised Roll Cage
Pioneer 7″ Double-DIN DVD Multimedia AV Receiver
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