The familiar half-donut shape of the Audi TT seems to have been a part of the motoring landscape forever, but the latest update is applied to only the third generation of this model and that was launched back in 2015.
Audi has refined the design of the TT range, enhanced its performance and extended the range of standard equipment.
Besides the driver-oriented Audi virtual cockpit with racing gauges, the basic version of the new model now features the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, Audi smartphone interface, parking aid plus, power-adjustable front seats and the multifunction steering wheel plus, with which the infotainment and voice control system can be controlled entirely using the steering wheel.
Also standard are the illuminated USB ports as well as MMI navigation plus.
The front now features a three-dimensional single frame radiator grille and large side air inlets to emphasise the vehicle’s width.
At the rear, horizontal lines underscore the breadth of the new Audi TT. There is no cap underneath the tank flap with its classic TT design; the driver can insert the fuel pump nozzle directly into the opening. Headlights with LED technology are part of its standard equipment, however Matrix LED technology is optionally available.
The new designed, optional S line exterior package adds a full-length front splitter, vertical air inlets, a radiator grille in titanium black and specific side sills with inserts as well as a sporty rear end. Added is a wider diffuser and vertical air inlets below the rear lights with three horizontal fins each.
The Audi TT and TTS Coupé is 4,19 metres in length with short overhangs and the wheelbase measures 2,51 metres. The facelifted TT range includes 19-inch wheels in five different designs. Three new body colours complete the range of paint finishes: cosmos blue, pulse orange and turbo blue (S line models only).
Audi South Africa will offer two petrol engine derivatives as part of the local Audi TT range. The Audi TT Coupé 45 TFSI S tronic includes 169 kW of power and the Audi TTS Coupé quattro S tronic produces 228 kW of power.
The 45 TFSI is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the TTS is mated to a six-speed S tronic transmission.
Chassis highlights include progressive steering, four-link rear suspension and Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC). The wheel-selective torque control is activated in fast cornering and improves handling as required by means of precise brake interventions on the unloaded wheels on the inside of a curve.
Sport seats with integrated head restraints are standard on the Audi TT range. S sport seats with pneumatically adjustable side bolsters are optionally available. The luggage compartment of the 2+2 seater affords 305 litres of space underneath the stretched tailgate.
The Audi TT Coupé 45 TFSI S tronic is priced at R 670 000 and the Audi TTS Coupé quattro S tronic is priced at R 782 000. Both models come standard with the 5 year / 100 000 km Audi Freeway plan and inclusive of all taxes.