Audi has revealed prices for the new TT Coupe range, which is now available to order in UK dealers – and they show the range now only just creeps under the £30,000 mark.
The outgoing TT range opened at around £24,000 for a 160hp 1.8T variant, but Audi is eager to position the Mk3 TT more upmarket, certainly at first. That’s why the opening petrol model will boast an additional 70hp, with the 2.0 TFSI 230 Sport costing £29,860.
That’s not quite the cheapest new TT, though. A diesel alternative, the 2.0 TDI 184 ultra Sport (using the same engine as Motoring Research’s Skoda Octavia vRS) will cost from £29,770.
There’s also a four-wheel drive quattro version of the petrol TT; this costs £32,785, which is a £2925 premium, although it does include six-speed S tronic automatic transmission as standard.
Audi offers the TT in S line trim too, which costs £2550 over Sport.
However, adds the firm, the new TT is a very different machine to the old one. For starters, there’s a bounty of equipment as standard: all TT get the all-digital Audi virtual cockpit, MMI touch, either xenon (Sport) or LED (S line) headlights, Alcantara and leather seats and keyless go. Bluetooth is standard too, although neither TT actually gets sat nav as standard, just the preparation for it.
18-inch alloys are fitted to the Sport, with complementary sport suspension; the S line has 19-inch wheels and the no-cost option of S line sports suspension – these cars sit 10mm lower than standard.
And although it may cost more up front, the new TT is likely to save in use. The diesel can average 67.3mpg and emits just 110g/km CO2. Impressive stats for a car that can also rush from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds and reach 150mph.
The TFSI petrol? 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds and 47.9mpg… but if you’re willing to take a 5mpg hit, the quattro S tronic version will hit the 0-62mph benchmark in just 5.3 seconds.
Order the TT in dealers from now, says Audi; the first in line will get their cars in December. And if none of the current line-up is quick enough, fear not: the 310hp TTS follows in two month’s time, with first deliveries for March 2015.