Hot on the heels of last week’s symbolism-heavy launch, Audi has announced that orders can now be placed for the new TT, with the first deliveries said to be in October.
The 200bhp front-wheel drive 2.0-litre TFSI costs from £24,625 on the road; the 250bhp four-wheel drive 3.2-litre V6 from £29,285. That compares with £28,960 for the outgoing V6 and £21,290 for the outgoing 187bhp 1.8T. 0-60mph times for the two new models are 6.4 and 5.7 seconds respectively.
The car features a chassis made from 69 per cent aluminium and 31 per cent steel. This is the first time an Audi Space Frame chassis has been made from a blend of materials. The steel is there to balance out the loads on front and rear axles.
Both engine variants come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, though the re-christened DSG (now called S tronic) dual-clutch gearbox is available as an option, likely to cost the same as in the previous model (£1400).
Audi is setting high store by the widened track and multi-link rear suspension. To further sharpen the TT’s dynamics there is a magnetic ride damper system. Magnetised particles in the dampers’ oil respond within milliseconds when an electric current is applied to them.