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Audi’s sharper, more focused TT has arrived in Msanzi

Following its global debut late last year, Audi South Africa has confirmed that their refreshed third-generation TT will launch in South Africa with a choice of two powertrains, with the all-conquering TT-RS set to join the line-up at a later stage.

The entry in TT ownership kicks off with the newly named TT 40 TFSI. This front-wheel driven variant utilizes a turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder and produces an adequate 145kw and 320nm. There is also another variant that uses the same 2.0 TFSI motor and is known as the TT 45 TFSI. This variant is available with all-wheel drive and produces 180kw and 370nm. A standard 6-speed manual or an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions are said to be on offer.

Topping the line-up until the TT-RS arrives is the TTS. This variant uses the same powerplant as the Volkswagen Golf R, yet weirdly loses power compared to its predecessor. According to Audi South Africa, the drop in power from 228kw to 225kw on the turbocharged EA888 2.0-litre motor is due to the fact that it's been made to comply with the latest emissions regulations. Torque though – courtesy of an overboost function – jumps from 380nm to 400nm, meaning 0-100kph will come up in around 4.5 seconds – 0.1 second faster than before. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

All TT models have had their exterior refined, but the TTS’ is the most noticeable. The TTS boasts a new single-frame grille with an attractive mesh pattern and reshaped side intakes – once again drawing inspiration from the TT RS. Around the back, they've tweaked the diffuser that house quad pipes, whilst the rear bumper features ventings similar to those seen on the Volkswagen Scirocco. The TT also gets new 17-inch wheels as standard, while the Audi TTS gets new 18-inchers. Audi Sport will now offer optional sizes compromising of 19- and 20-inch wheels.

Standard features now include Audi drive select dynamic handling, heated mirrors, light and rain sensors, illuminated USB ports, a multi-function steering wheel, and the brilliant Audi virtual cockpit. The standard 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit comes with a new sport display as an option, which provides real-time information about the engine output, torque, and g-forces. Audi has also made its drive select technology standard on the TT. It gives the driver several driving modes including comfort, individual, auto, and dynamic to choose from using a switch located on the center console.

Speaking of options, there is a long list of optional extras available should you wish to splurge. While a rear-view camera is standard on the TTS, you would have to pay an additional R6 971 on the regular TT. Standard Audi audio system not enough for you? You can always select the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System which comes in at a whisker under R10 000. Whereas the TTS comes standard with S Sport seats, you would have to pay a further R11 439 to upgrade your standard sport seats in the regular flavoured TT variants. However, if you’re going to spring for the more ‘affordable’ TT variants, do yourself a favour and tick the option for the S line exterior package. This package costs an additional R24 896, but makes all the difference in terms of sporty looks.

In terms of pricing, Audi has yet to reveal pricing for their most affordable model just yet. They have however priced the TT 45 TFSI from R672 653, and R782 000 for the TTS. All models come standard with a 5-year / 100 000km maintenance plan.

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