Audi reveals facelifted TT marking 20 years of the brand’s icon

Audi has unveiled its facelifted TT and is marking 20 years of the brand’s iconic sports car model with a limited edition ‘TT 20 years’ model.

The German firm has been as reserved as ever with the styling of the facelifted model, with differences including a new 3D Singleframe grille, larger air inlets and a greater choice of colours and wheel designs than before.

S line and Black Edition trim levels have been changed to help differentiate them from the rest of the grades. A full length front splitter, vertical air inlets and a remodelled rear diffuser are just a few of these subtle changes. S line also features 19-inch alloy wheels, while the Black Edition sits on 20s, while also having the same fixed rear spoiler as fitted to the range-topping TT RS model.

As for the inside, S line comes with ‘super sports seats’, while the Black edition features piano black interior inlays. The TT was the first Audi to feature the firm’s Virtual Cockpit, and while it’s still standard, there’s the option of a more sport-focused setup with readouts for the engine output, torque and g forces.

Other standard features include leather and Alcantara-trimmed seats, keyless entry and an MMI infotainment system. Xenon headlights, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, cruise control and rear parking sensors also feature, too.

Sporty TTS and TTS Black Editions benefit from a Technology Pack – adding features such as satellite navigation with a three-year subscription to Audi Connect online services and a wireless charging unit. The TTS also comes with the aforementioned fixed rear wing, as well as 20-inch alloys.

This year marks the 20th year since the original TT debuted, and to mark the anniversary, Audi is producing a special edition ‘TT 20 years’ model, which will have a limited production run of 999 examples. Differences include brown Nappa leather upholstery with contrast stitching, TT 20 Years badging, stainless steel exhausts and matrix LED rear lights. The edition is available for both the coupe and roadster, and comes In the choice of two shades of grey.

One of the biggest differences, though, is that Audi has done away with the 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit – leaving just petrol units to choose from. The previous entry-level 178bhp 1.8-litre unit is replaced by the 40 TFSI – a 194bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine – while the other 2.0-litre TFSI unit has been given a power boost from 227bhp to 242bhp. This is known as the 45 TFSI. The TTS models have slightly less power than before, with 302bhp on tap, although they are marginally quicker than before.

Prices are yet to be announced for the model, although expect a slight jump in price over the current model’s £28,555 asking price. Order books will open in the autumn, with deliveries expected by the end of 2018.

Ted Welford


July 19, 2018

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