New Audi TT 2018: price, specification and on-sale date
Updated TT on sale in UK now, including 150 examples of ‘TT 20 Years’ anniversary model
The Audi TT has been facelifted for the first time in almost five years. The new car comes complete with refreshed styling, updated technology, more equipment, and a range of cleaner and more powerful engines – but the diesel is no more.
A limited-edition ‘TT 20 Years’ anniversary model headlines the updated range, deliveries of which are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019. While UK prices have yet to be confirmed, the limited-edition TT starts at €51,740 in Europe, or around £46,000. This places it towards the top of a range that starts at €35,900 (around £32,000) for the entry-level Coupe.
The updated TT retains its hatchback Coupe and convertible Roadster body styles. The updated car benefits from a new front grille, a range of new alloy wheels and three new paint colours, plus the option of new, slimmer LED matrix headlights and OLED rear lights, which bring the TT's looks into line with Audi's latest design identity.
While there's no longer a diesel option, two petrol engines are available from launch. The TT is the latest car to join Audi’s new engine naming system: the entry-level 2.0-litre engine is badged as the 40 TFSI and gets 194bhp, while the next step up is a 245bhp version of the same engine, badged 45 TFSI. Both engines are offered with a choice of manual or seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic gearbox, while the 45 TFSI will be offered with Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system.
Audi claims official economy of 47mpg for the 40 TFSI and 44.1mpg from the 45 TFSI. The automatic gearbox helps to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, which range from 138 to 166g/km. The third petrol option is expected to join the range later on, and will come in the new range-topping Audi TT S; it's set to boast 302bhp from its 2.0-litre engine, enabling 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds.
All new Audi TT models will come as standard with the German manufacturer’s Drive Select system, automatic lights and wipers, heated door mirrors and a multifunction steering wheel, plus illuminated USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity. The new car gets the same Virtual Cockpit digital dial system as before, with no central infotainment screen. An optional Sport display can be specified on some models, which displays information like G-force and engine readings.
Set to be among the first examples of the updated TT to reach UK buyers, the limited-edition ‘TT 20 Years’ commemorates the iconic sports car's arrival back in 1998. Available in either ‘Arrow grey’ or Audi’s famous ‘Nano grey’, the 20 Years model is distinguished by 19-inch alloy wheels in gloss grey, Audi rings in a matt finish above the side sills, and model-specific exhaust pipes.
Inside, ‘Moccasin brown’ Nappa leather adorns the seats, door panels and centre console, with decorative strips and stitching that are designed to echo the interior of the Audi TTS Roadster concept car that was first unveiled in 1995. A unique, numbered badge and ‘TT 20 Years’ decals finish the look. A total of 999 will be produced, with 150 Coupe and Roadster models destined for the UK.
As before, you can choose the updated TT in its ‘basic’ form or with an S line exterior pack that lends a more aggressive look to the car's sleek exterior. It also gives buyers the choice of a new 'Turbo blue' paint finish. There's also an S line sport package that includes ‘S’ sports seats and a 10mm reduction in ride height.
Audi TT prices and on-sale date
While official UK prices have yet to be announced, the limited-edition TT 20 Years 45 TFSI starts €51,740 in Europe, or around £46,000. The TT Coupe starts at €35,900 (around £32,000), while the TT Roadster is available from €38,300 (around £34,000). Order books are now open.