Audi is welcoming the New Year with limited Black Edition A3 models, and an expanded range of TT .
A3 Black Edition
The Black Edition Audi A3 is available as a three-door hatch, five-door ‘Sportback’ hatch, or A3 Cabriolet. As the name suggests, the most striking visual feature of these models is that they have been ‘de-chromed’. This means black finished grills, and on the Cabriolet black surrounds for the rollbars and shoulder line.
Finishing off the mean looks are Xenon headlights with LED running lights, tinted rear glass for the hatchbacks, and 18-inch alloys in exclusive ‘dark titanium’ finish. A choice of three paint colours is available – with Brilliant Black or Ibis White as no-cost options.
These Black Editions are based on the range-topping S line trim, so they already feature sporty bodywork and suspension, plus part-leather seats and electronic climate control. In addition, the Black Edition features a Bose stereo, rear parking sensors, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and ‘Piano black’ interior inlays.
Available as 1.8- or 2.0-litre turbo petrols, or with 2.0-litre ‘TDI’ turbodiesel engines, the Black Edition costs £905 more than an equivalent S line. However, given the added equipment, this actually represents a customer saving of £675 on the hatchbacks, and £650 on the Cabriolet.
Priced from £22,215, the A3 Black Editions arrive in February 2009.
Audi TT updates
Alongside the A3 Black Edition announcement, Audi has also revealed changes to the TT line-up.
Both 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel versions of the will now be available with the option of quattro four-wheel drive, while a new top-spec S line trim is also being introduced across the range.
S line costs up to £1,615 more, but features unique grill and bumper designs, plus side skirts, new 18-inch alloy wheels, and lower sports suspension. The interior gets aluminium inlays, electronic climate control, and part- or full-leather depending on engine size.
Prices for the S line start at £26,540 for the Coupé, or £28,540 for the Roadster.
Quattro four-wheel drive now costs from £27,715 on the Coupé, and £29,675 on the Roadster. However, given how good the regular, actually is, we’re not sure it’s worth bothering with the extra expense.
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