Audi’s freshening up its much-loved TT for 2010, giving it some subtly updated styling, an all-new engine and a new Sport mode.
You may need to squint to notice the difference, but Audi’s styling department has enlarged the TT’s front air intakes for this latest version, and updated its front bumper with some sharper body creases.
All TTs now get LED daytime running lights, chrome-ringed fog lamps and a glossier black front grille. At the rear, the facelifted TT also has new taillight reflectors and a wider rear diffuser panel.
Under the bonnet, Audi’s made a significant change to the TT’s range: out go both the old 197bhp 2.0-litre TFSI model and the 3.2-litre V6, and in comes a new 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine capable of a healthy 258lb of torque between 1600 and 4200rpm.
Order your TT with a twin-clutch ‘S tronic’ gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive as well as that engine and it’ll accelerate to 62mph in just 5.6sec.
Audi’s 158bhp 1.8-litre TFSI engine and its 168bhp 2.0-litre TDi will continue to be offered, as will the 268bhp TT-S and the 335bhp TT-RS.
Inside the new TT, Audi has added a few extra aluminium and gloss black inserts here and there, on the steering wheel, the centre console and the door liner; it’s also offering three new interior colour treatments: nougat brown, titanium grey and garnet red.
The most interesting addition inside the car’s cabin, however, is a Sport button that can be equipped on cars fitted with magnetic ride control. When pressed, this selects an even stiffer damper setup for the car, as well as sharpening its throttle response, decreasing the level of power assistance for its steering and enhances the ‘sportiness’ of its exhaust note.