Pricing Confirmed For Ultimate Audi TT | Part Two

Available only in Coupe form initially, with a Roadster version to follow later this year, the new TT 3.2 quattro is powered by a smooth and responsive new compact 3.2-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with 250PS and an impressive 320Nm of torque. This considerable energy is channelled to the quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system with virtually no interruption thanks to the state-of-the-art, motor racing-derived Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).

DSG offers all the advantages of a sporting close ratio manual gearbox and a slick shifting automatic, with none of the negative aspects of either. Featuring twin automated clutches, it permits exceptionally rapid, 0.02 second manual gear changes via the gear lever or steering wheel paddles, yet it can also behave like a more traditional automatic shift for more relaxed urban driving.

Boosted by its virtually seamless stream of power, the TT Coupe 3.2 quattro can accelerate from rest to 62mph in 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed, where conditions allow, of 155mph. The fact that the DSG transmission is the first to offer the option of automatic shifting unhindered by a power-sapping torque converter means it is also highly efficient in terms of fuel economy and equally important CO2 output. With up to 28.8mpg possible on the combined cycle, and comparatively low emissions of 235g/km, the TT Coupe 3.2 quattro is both the most economical sports Coupe of its kind in the segment and, helped by its competitive price, the least taxing for business users (31% bracket).

To hint at its special and unique new ingredients externally, the six-cylinder TT features exclusive 18-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels and a subtly integrated aerodynamic styling package. It is underpinned by sports suspension with spring and damper settings tailored specifically to suit the new engine, and kept in check by a 17-inch dual-piston brake system adapted from the acclaimed Audi RS 4 super Avant.

Published 19 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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