The Audi TT is dead long live the all new, from the ground up, Audi TT. I have to admit, I was never a big fan of the old TT, it was one of those cars that looked good from one position and ungainly from most others.
But here it is, the new sharper, third generation Audi TT and its looking better than ever even though its almost exactly the same size as the predecessor give or take a few extra millimeters here and there.
The biggest play Audi are making about the new TT is the virtual cockpit, the speedometer and rev counter have been entirely replaced by a 12.3 inch high resolution LCD display which is standard throughout the range. They call it a revolution, but the Jaguar XJ owns the bragging rights here.
Whats interesting with the TT’s interpretation is that all the primary functions are accessed via the 12.3 inch display, only the heating controls remain in their traditional setup, yes actual buttons and dials.
Two specifications will be available initially for the UK market, Sport and S Line. Sport models get an excellent kit count, Alcantara/leather upholstery, air-con, LED daylights and sports suspension are just a few on the list, the important standard feature are the 18-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels. That’s all we are concerned with.
Go for S Line model and you get a ton of equipment thrown in just for good measure, this time the 19-inch alloys are all you need to worry about. For all those middle class rappers out there, a 680-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system is an optional extra.
Audi have worked to reduce the weight of the suspension by using aluminium components at the front. Indeed much of the body is fabricated from aluminium which has reduced the the overall weight by 50kg over its predecessor. The 2.0-litre TFSI model weighs in at 1,230kg.
Two engines will be available at launch, the 2.0 TFSi and the 2.0 TDi with either front wheel drive or quattro all-wheel-dirve mated to a six speed manual or six speed twin clutch transmission.
The Sport Quattro is the pick of the bunch performance wise, it can sprint from 0 to 62mph in 5.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 155mph. Audi claim a combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 149 g per km. If you want to pay less road tax then go for the 2.0 TDI ultra Sport which emits just 110 g/km.
The all-new Audi TT Coupe is priced from £29,770 OTR, its available to order right now, full price list is below;