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Entry level TT from Audi

2009-03-25 07:55
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model TT 1.8 TFSI
Engine 1.8 TFSI
Power 118kW @ 5 000r/min
Torque 250Nm @ 1 500r/min
Transmission SIx-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 7.4 seconds
Top Speed 223km/h
Fuel Consumption 6.9l/100km
Despite demand for two-seater sportscars waning, Audi is keen to keep TT sales ticking along with an entry level, right-hand drive 1.8 TFSI model.

Traditionally only available in emission tax sensitive Germany, the entry level TT, sporting front-wheel drive and 1.8l power, will now feature as the buy-in point for Audi’s roadster range in the UK.

Although the A3 cabriolet sourced 1.8 TFSI is not a trackday tool (boasting only 118kW of peak power output), the 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.4 seconds is hardly sloth-like. At the long end of the six-speed manual gearbox’s ratios you’ll see 223km/h.

Day-to-day driveability, with peak torque spread across a broad engine speed range from 1 500-4 500r/min, should ensure seamless urban commuting capability.

The real boon of this baby TT is in the tabulated running costs. Fuel consumption is entirely reasonable, averaging out to 6.9l/100km, and with CO2 emissions of only 159g/km, TT 1.8 TFSI’s environmental taxation exposure is low.

Though the straight line performance is a tad leisurely for a car carrying the TT moniker, chassis dynamics are keen, buoyed by Audi’s optional magnetic ride adaptive damping system.

Despite its entry level billing, the TT Roadster 1.8 TFSI will feature electric windows, Audi’s swift, powered, canvas soft-top (12 second up-or-down operation), rear wind deflector, driver information system and Chorus CD audio system, when it goes on sale in the United Kingdom this April.


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