Audi refines the TT
Audi has given the TT a mild update for its 20th birthday, most of the changes residing beneath the skin.
Exterior mods include revised front and rear bumpers, while the grille has a new chrome insert around the inside edge. S-Line TTs get 10mm lower suspension, a unique fascia with more aggressive intakes, a front splitter, a rear diffuser-style element and gunmetal grey highlights.
Depending on spec, the TT gets 18-, 19-, or 20-inch alloys. Three base colours are included this time around: Cosmos Blue, Pulse Orange, and Turbo Blue.
As standard, buyers get light-sensing headlamps, automatic wiper operation, heated wing mirrors, illuminated USB ports, Bluetooth, and the unified Virtual Cockpit set-up where infotainment and instrumentation information is shown exclusively in the 12.3-inch display ahead of the driver.
The options list offers an improved Bang & Olufsen sound system, sat-nav, and matrix LED headlights, among other things.
Engines? Every TT will come with Audi’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, offering 145kW (40 TFSI), 180kW (45 TFSI), or 225kW (TTS). Updates to the TT RS range-topper will come later. Diesel power has been dropped from the Euro-spec TT.
The TT 40 is exclusively a front driver, with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Stepping up a level to the 45 gives you the option of a front-wheel-drive manual or Quattro all-wheel-drive with the automatic. Finally, the TTS only comes with the Quattro-DCT combo.
The new TT will hit showrooms throughout Europe towards the end of 2018. A local release is yet to be confirmed, as are pricing and specifications.