Neuspeed envisions each project car as having a split personality, one that's comfortable for the everyday stop-and-go but also one that can handle some serious g-forces. The TT-N was outfitted with four-piston Brembo calipers and 355mm full floating rotors in the front and OEM S3 assemblies (310mm rotors) with Neuspeed stainless steel lines in the rear. For the suspension, the Neumanns used a multi-pronged approach with Bilstein PSS10 coilovers, Neuspeed tubular anti-roll bars, Neuspeed forged wheels, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires to address any and all shortcomings in the factory configuration.
I finally snatched the TT-N's key from under Neumann's eagle eyes when he left to get the detailer spray and baby diapers to erase evidence of my fingerprints. On ignition, it introduced itself with a raucous exhaust blip. Making my way out of the driveway onto the uneven road surface, I was impressed with the suspension's comfort. Past the pothole-laden frontage road, I reached the freeway onramp and really got on it. Having a K04 turbo on my A3, I readied myself for massive wheel-spin on throttle, but surprisingly, it did not happen. The massive 265/30 Michelin Pilot Sport Cups just dug in and propelled the TT-N off the line without so much as a stutter. By the time a looked at the speedometer, I had quickly crested triple digits and was quickly coming up on traffic-a good time to test the big Brembos. A push of the pedal brought me from the back of the seat to the front as I went from close to 100 to 20mph instantly without hesitation. Navigating the urban Camarillo streets back to Neuspeed HQ, the suspension remained comfortable and held the line all the way through the corners.
The TT-N's 335 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque (on 91 octane) was achieved by combining parts ransacked from Audi's Euro-spec S3 and Neuspeed's performance add-ons. I questioned the choice of S3 cams and why they didn't source something bigger than a K04 turbo. "We chose a K04 for several reasons," Neumann says. "First, it's factory, requiring zero modifications to install, and it was able to produce the power we were looking for. The S3 had better top-end power, so after noticing it was equipped with different camshafts, I thought I'd give them a try. They worked out brilliantly."
The Neumanns have built what you might call a tuning dynasty, combining their passion for cars and their passion for perfection, thus earning a reputation for continually creating outstanding product under the Neuspeed name. In the TT-N moniker, N stands for Neuspeed, of course-and the Neumanns are proud to attach the family name. A name that has become synonymous with the word "tuner."
|Country of Manufacture||United States|
|USA Location||Camarillo, CA|
|Warranty||Limited lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.|
|Installation Instructions (PDF)||N/A|