Audi has announced a selection of updates to its popular TT Coupé and Roadster models – including a new engine with more power and greater efficiency.
Spotting the difference between the current Audi TT and the ‘2011 model year’ facelift version is a job for the hardcore Audi geek. But the differences are there.
Audi has subtly enhanced the sportiness of each variant, bringing the regular TT bumper design closer to the previous S line by deepening the front air intakes while adding a diffuser at the rear. The new S line, meanwhile, is now closer in appearance to the previous TTS high-performance model, and gains xenon headlights with daytime running lights as standard.
Finally the TTS itself also gets new front and rear bumpers. New alloy wheel designs and paint finishes are introduced across the range.
New 208bhp turbo petrol engine
Bigger news for the 2011 Audi TT is the introduction of Audi’s latest 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.
Producing 208bhp this replaces the previous 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, giving the TT greater performance – 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds is 0.5 seconds faster than before – but also a significant improvement in efficiency.
CO2 emissions drop from 183g/km to just 154g/km, while combined fuel economy according to the official EU testing cycle rises from 36.7mpg to 42.8mpg (figures for the Coupé). The gains come thanks not only to the new engine’s ‘Audi valvelift technology’ but also the introduction of new energy recuperation techniques – which are also extended to the entry-level TT Roadster’s 1.8-litre turbo petrol, and 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
The thirsty 3.2-litre V6 petrol has been dropped altogether; there are no other engine changes.
Quattro traction, new Sport button
Bar the 1.8 – which is front-wheel drive only – all Audi TT engines are available with quattro four-wheel drive as standard or an option. The six-speed manual gearbox can be replaced by a six-speed ‘S tronic’ dual-clutch auto, at extra cost.
The Audi TT ‘magnetic ride’ adjustable damper system remains available, with a choice of Normal and Sport settings – both refined for this facelift. As a further upgrade to this customers can now specify an additional Sport button, altering the throttle response (manual gearbox only), steering assistance and the engine note.
Trim level changes
The Audi TT’s ‘standard’ trim is now reserved for the 1.8-litre Roadster; the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel models begin at Sport, with an optional upgrade to S line. The TTS and TT RS exist as standalone versions.
Interior changes include extra aluminium-look trimming and minor detail alterations. Three new interior colours are joined by an additional ‘spectral silver/black’ option for the TTS. Spooky.
The 2011 Audi TT goes on sale later this year. Full pricing details have not yet been announced.
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