Audi TT Coupe range expands to six models including first ever tiptronic automatic version
It may be the most attainable TT ever, but the new 180PS Coupe is anything but short-changed where both specification and performance are concerned. Standard equipment includes 16-inch seven spoke alloy wheels (car pictured features optional 17-inch Competition wheels), leather and Alcantara upholstered sports seats, electronic climate control, a leather-upholstered sports steering wheel (with tiptronic shift controls for automatic models) and a Driver’s Information System.
Thanks to the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) traction control, the familiar 1.8-litre turbo charged four-cylinder engine channels its power smoothly to the front wheels. It reaches its 180PS peak at 5,500rpm and delivers 235Nm of torque from 1,950rpm through to 5,500rpm.
Via the standard five-speed manual gearbox, the responsive unit carries the sports car from rest to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and, where permissible, on to a top speed of 142mph. With the latest six-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox installed, the same sprint can be covered in 8.4 seconds, and maximum speed tails off only slightly to 140mph.Exclusivity guaranteed
Unmistakable, highly distinctive design ensures that the TT is one of the most highly ‘visible’ sports cars on our roads, inevitably leading to misconceptions about its exclusivity. "Although Britain is home to more TT models than anywhere in the world, annual sales actually account for less than half of one per cent of total UK car sales, ensuring that it remains very much a ‘niche’ model. Annual TT market penetration is actually a ninth of that of the MINI, for example, and 30 per cent less than the BMW 3 Series Coupe" commented Director of Audi UK Kevin Rose.
"We can only conclude that it is the uniquely distinctive looks that are creating the illusion. The TT is still very much a select sports car," he added.
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