Breaking several inhibitions in the sports car world, Audi introduced a rather different offering known as the TT in 1998 that managed woo the practical and the performance enthusiast alike. With the third-generation TT hitting the market internationally last year, Audi India has now brought the sports car to the Indian market with a price tag of Rs. 60.34 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). In its latest avatar, the new generation TT is lighter by 50 kgs while the length has been truncated by 20mm and the wheelbase extended by 37 mm.
Under the hood, the 2015 Audi TT is powered by the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 230 PS of power and 370 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels with the Quattro system as standard via the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the sports car is available with a 6-speed manual internationally (more fun to drive), this automatic unit is the faster one on paper and does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 5.3 seconds and comes with an electronically-limited top speed of 250 kmph.
In terms of design, the new Audi TT has clearly evolved while keeping the learnings from its predecessors intact. The front fascia is aggressively new with the hexagonal-shaped grille along with the sharp headlight clusters that feature new LED DRLs, while the Matrix LED light technology is also available as an optional feature. Moving to the side profile, the new TT retains the very familiar coupe roofline sporting very little change than the outgoing model while the rear is less curvy now and gets smart tail lights with dynamic LED turn indicators. There is also a cool looking retractable rear spoiler that deploys at speeds in excess of 120 kmph.
On the inside, the new TT will leave you content with all the luxurious it offers at your disposal. The well-appointed cabin comes with the virtual cockpit display that has replaced the instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch TFT LCD screen and doubles up as a virtual monitor for all the major details and removes the need for a display screen on the centre console. Yes, that’s pretty cool! In addition to all the bells and whistles and the low seats mounted leather upholstered seats, the turbine theme air-con vents are a spectacle and showcases Audi’s understated attention to detail extremely well.
Audi India will be commencing deliveries of the new TT almost immediately and like its predecessor the new generation model will be brought in the country via the CBU route taking on the BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster and the Mercedes-Benz SLK in the segment.