Third generation Audi TT priced
With its predecessor having been around since 2006, Audi South Africa has finally introduced its long awaited third generation TT to South Africa, following its official European unveiling late last year.
Said to feature styling cues from the original model that debuted in 2000, the newcomer is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-platform that underpins the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, and is the second model after A8 to be fitted (optionally) with the marque’s Matrix LED headlights featuring dynamic turn signals.
As with the previous model, the new TT is once again constructed out of a combination of aluminium and steel which is claimed to make it 50 kg’s lighter than the outgoing model.
Compared the exterior, the new TT sports a radically redesigned interior with most of the controls and indeed the previous MMI central display screen, having been replaced by a succession of buttons and a digital instrument cluster, which now also doubles-up as the infotainment interface.
In addition, the controls for the air-conditioning has been relocated from the facia to on top of the air vents, while the previous MMI controller has been revised to feature a touchpad on top, which allows for easy browsing through menus and settings.
Initially only available as a coupe with the option of front-or quattro all-wheel drive, Roadster and performance RS models will follow later, the TT will be powered by a revised version of previous model’s 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, which now produces 169 kW and 370 N.m of torque. A seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission is standard on the front-wheel drive model with the quattro being fitted with a six-sped unit. A manual box is expected later while Audi is unlikely to bring the 2.0 TDI model to local shores.
Performance-wise, both models are limited to 250 km/h with the front-drive model accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and the quattro in 6.8 seconds. Audi claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.3 L /100 km and 6.8 L /100 km respectably, with emissions rated at 146 g/km and 159 g/km.
Quattro models also feature a revised version of the marque’s iconic all-wheel system, which now incorporates torque vectoring technology, that monitors power distribution between the two axles, and that can be adjusted via the Audi Drive Select system to either auto or dynamic.
As for standard equipment, both models come fitted with xenon headlights, light/rain sensing wipers, cruise control, leather / Alcantara seats and a leather wrapped flat bottomed steering wheel with shift paddles, Audi Drive Select, Bluetooth audio streaming, 17-inch alloy wheels and on the quattro, bigger 18-inch wheels and Milano leather seats.
2015 AUDI TT PRICING
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||R558 000|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||R642 000|
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