The S holds the line
The sports car that won’t go away is getting (yet) another special edition
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.