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Facelift time for Audi’s two hotshot TT performers

  • Sporty design elements, dynamic appearance
  • S tronic transmissions, sporty performance
  • Comprehensive standard equipment
2019 AUDI TT: Image: Audi SA

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Audi’s TT coupes, the third generation, has arrived in South Africa stage with a face-lifted appearance, sporty and refined exterior, more engine power and an extended range of standard equipment.

Aluminium elements in the driver-orientated cabin, the automaker says, along with progressive wheel-rim design, a short, ball-shaped, gear-shifter, characteristic tank flap, and dual-branch tailpipes are among typical features.

Audi says the new TT is a redesign with enhanced performance and a wider range of equipment and the cars will have racing gauges; even the least-expensive models will include a dynamic handling system, smartphone interface, parking aid, power front-seat adjustment and a multi-function steering-wheel.

2019 AUDI TT: Image: Audi SA

Also standard are illuminated USB ports and MMI satnav.

The exterior is described as ”more masculine” (we’ll leave that description to your imagination), more progressive and even sportier while the three-dimensional Singleframe radiator grille and large side air inlets emphasise width.

Rear horizontal lines, Audi says, ”underscore the breadth of the new Audi TT”. Diode-lit headlights are standard; Matrix LED technology is an option.

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An optional S line exterior package adds a full-length front splitter, vertical air inlets, black radiator grille, specific sills, and a sporty tail. Also on the S line are a wider diffuser and vertical air inlets below the rear lights with three horizontal fins each.

The Audi TT and TTS Coupé are 4.19m long with short overhangs over a 2.51m wheelbase and the range includes five designs of 19” wheel rims. Three body colours have been added: two shades of blue, and orange (S line models only).

Audi SA will offer two petrol derivatives as part of the local Audi TT range. The Audi TT Coupé 45 TFSI S tronic includes 169kW of power and the Audi TTS Coupé quattro S tronic 228kW. The 45 TFSI has a seven-speed, dual-clutch, transmission, the TTS a six-speed S tronic.

2019 AUDI TT: Image: Audi SA

No TT range is complete without all-wheel drive: an S line sport package includes ”magnetic” ride and a body dropped by a centimetre. Wheel-selective torque control is activated for fast cornering and improves handling as required through precise braking assistance to the unloaded wheels.

Sport seats / head restraints are standard on the range but the S sport offers pneumatic  adjustable side bolsters. The boot volume on the 2+2-seater offers 305 litres of volume.

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All indicators appear in digital form on the 31cm display of the Audi virtual cockpit though the driver can choose either of two modes: the classic view puts the speedometer and tachometer centre while “Infotainment” shows satnav. A new sport display is available for the TTS to show engine output, torque and g-force.

A smartphone interface connects phones to stream content seamlessly to the Audi virtual cockpit. The high end can add a Bang & Olufsen sound system. capable of 680W and 14 channels, its output going through 12 speakers.

The Audi TT Coupé 45 TFSI S tronic is priced at R670 00, the TTS Coupé quattro S tronic R782 000. Each will be covered by a five-year kor 100 000km Audi Freeway plan.

  • If you want to see the cars in the metal, look for them at the 2019 Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg through August 22-25.

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