The S holds the line

The sports car that won’t go away is get­ting (yet) an­other spe­cial edi­tion

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THE lat­est ver­sion of Audi’s age­ing but still shapely TT coupe drops back be­low the six-fig­ure price tag.

The front-drive ver­sions is priced from $76,850, the qu­at­tro $79,450. The maker reck­ons the S line Com­pe­ti­tion Package adds more than $8000 to the features list for an $1800 pre­mium over the stan­dard model. It in­cor­po­rates the S line sport and ex­te­rior packs.

Audi’s 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol en­gine drives a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch auto.

There have been al­most in­nu­mer­able ver­sions since 2006 and up­dates of the rest of its range but the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion TT is not about to be pen­sioned off. Built on the 2004 Volk­swa­gen Golf Mark V plat­form (the Mark VII is here next month), this TT might serve through next year.

In­ter­net fo­rums are buzzing about a lighter, stronger third­gen­er­a­tion TT but Audi spokes­woman Anna Burgdorf plays a straight bat.

‘‘ There is no of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion on a new TT. Noth­ing’s been an­nounced by Audi AG,’’ she says. ‘‘ It’s one of those en­dur­ing de­signs that peo­ple are still emo­tion­ally con­nected to. We had the TT RS to add an­other string to the per­for­mance bow.

‘‘ The TT RS Plus will see re­newed in­ter­est in the model — this Com­pe­ti­tion kit is a much more ac­ces­si­ble model that looks a lot like the TT RS Plus. Fash­ion comes and goes and I don’t think the TT de­sign (does that). There will be a new one but it is un­likely to be next year for us.’’

The Com­pe­ti­tion package has dis­tinc­tive bumpers, air in­lets and side sills, S line badges, fixed rear wing (as in RS), ex­haust add-ons and a tweaked rear dif­fuser in­sert. The nose also gets gloss-black trim, xenon-plus head­lights and day run­ning lights.

Avail­able in or­ange and white me­tal­lic, or grey and red pearl ef­fect paint colours, the Com­pe­ti­tion spe­cial edi­tion rolls on black 19-inch wheels.

Stu­art Martin

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