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High-tech Audi TT now available to order

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Audi has given its hugely popular TT Coupe a complete overhaul. Replacing the second-generation TT, which went on sale all the way back in 2006, the new model shares a similar silhouette, but gains a more contemporary, sharp-edged look.

The new car will be available with two engines at launch – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 227bhp and a 182bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Buyers will be able to choose from petrol versions with front-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox or with all-wheel-drive and a six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel will only be available in front-wheel-drive manual form. Thanks to the use of lightweight aluminium the 2.0-litre petrol version is 50kg lighter than its predecessor at just 1,230kg.

Both models provide a strong combination of performance and economy. The manual, front-wheel drive  petrol can accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in a speedy 6.0 seconds and returns an impressive 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 137g per km. Opt for the all-wheel-drive, automatic version and the 0-62mph time drops to just 5.3 seconds, with fuel economy falling to 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g per km.

Most economical is the 2.0-litre diesel which offers claimed fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. Emissions are very low at 110g of CO2 per km though the car can still sprint to 62mph in just 7.1 seconds. All models can hit a top speed of at least 150mph.

The high-tech new TT features an all-digital display in place of a traditional speedometer and rev counter. This huge 12.3-inch high resolution LCD display allows drivers to choose between a conventional display with analogue dials and an “infotainment” mode with smaller dials and space for other information, such as a full-screen map display for clear sat nav directions.

Like many new cars, the TT lets drivers choose different driving modes, from fuel-economy-maximising Efficiency to Comfort and Dynamic which adds weight to the steering, sharpens the throttle response and makes the optional automatic gearbox hold onto gears for longer. Dynamic also adjusts the all-wheel-drive system on Quattro models to make it more rear-wheel-biased for tighter handling around bends.

Buyers have the option of Sport and S line trim levels. All models get the digital display plus leather and Alcantara sports seats. Sport versions receive xenon headlights, a touch controlled multimedia system along with Bluetooth and air conditioning controls integrated into the car’s air vents. Standard equipment also includes sports suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels.

S line models gain sportier styling details and 19-inch alloy wheels with the option of lower, tauter sports suspension at no extra cost. Also standard on the S line are LED headlights. Optional equipment includes a sat nav system with Google Maps, Google Street View and traffic information which displays maps behind the dials in front of the driver plus internet access. 

Another clever option are matrix LED headlights with 12 bulbs which automatically dim individually when the car senses oncoming traffic without the need to deactivate high beam. While the car is the same length as its predecessor boot space is up slightly to 305 litres of space, increasing to 712 litres when you flip the rear seats forward. The small rear seats are best suited to small children however.

The updated Audi TT Coupe is available to order now with the first cars arriving with owners in December. Prices at launch start from £29,770 and rise to £35,335. The 306bhp TTS Coupe will be available to order in October with the first cars to be delivered arriving in March 2015.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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