7 March 2005

Audi has built its most hardcore TT yet, the 237bhp TT quattro Sport. Powered by an uprated version of the turbocharged 222bhp 1.8 already used in the TT, just 1000 right-hand drive cars will be built, and Audi has even sacrificed the rear seats and spare wheel to save weight. The quickest TT yet hits 62mph in 5.9sec, more than half a second quicker than the current range-topping 3.2-litre V6, and goes on to 155mph. Torque rises to 236lb ft.

Priced at £29,355 (just over £2500 more than the V6) the Sport is three per cent lighter than the standard 1.8. The 44kg reduction has been achieved by ripping out the rear seats and parcel shelf, and swapping the spare wheel for tyre sealant foam. The seats are replaced by a brace that’s claimed to improve rigidity. Audi has revised suspension settings for better handling, and a unique two-tone paint finish will mark out the special edition. The interior gets Recaro bucket seats with Alcantara trimming.

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