The automotive industry is buzzing with rumours of exciting new launches ahead of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Open to the public between the 6th and 16th of March, the event is one of the biggest in the auto industry calendar. One of the most anticipated launches this year is the release of the new third-generation Audi TT.
Sixteen years on from the launch of the original TT, Audi’s iconic sportscar has long been the favoured frontrunner in the coupe market, with the new model set to dominate despite strong competition. Audi have released a teaser video ahead of the launch.
Expected to be available to the public in autumn this year, the 2014 Audi TT features sharper, more aggressive lines, taking inspiration from Audi’s range topping R8 supercar.
While retaining certain aspects of the original, a redesigned front grille and narrow LED lights give the TT a much-needed update. Other styling changes include a redesigned front end and more pronounced wheel arches, giving the coupe a tougher, sportier look.
The new TT is set to launch with three engine options – two petrol engines and one diesel. The entry level petrol engine is a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit, producing 227bhp and 273lb ft of torque. The range topping TTS model squeezes an impressive 306bhp and 280lb ft of torque out of the 2.0 litre petrol engine. The diesel option produces a more conservative 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque.
All engine options are available with either a six-speed manual or s-tronic dual clutch gearbox. Standard models will feature front wheel drive, although the famous quattro four-wheel drive system is available as an option and comes as standard on TTS models. The new TT is both more powerful and 50kg lighter than its predecessor, factors set to improve its handling and performance significantly.
The interior of the new Audi TT has been redesigned to be more spacious. It also features Audi’s new “virtual cockpit” – traditional dials have been replaced with a high definition TFT screen which can display different readings and Sat Nav functionality. When navigation is selected, dials such as the speedometer and rev-counter are minimised to save display space. Drivers will be able to control audio, navigation and device connectivity via a control knob on the centre console.
Although official pricing is yet to be released, entry level models are expected to be around the £25,000 mark. Audi TT finance is available and there are great deals to be found on the current TT as it is replaced with the 2014 model. Now is the time to shop around for your chance to own this iconic coupe – use our Audi finance calculator to find out the best finance deal for you.
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