The quintessential sportscar hasn’t changed massively over the past few years. The key players are still the same, and the segment leaders haven’t changed, either. One such car, the Audi TT (now in its third generation) will be launched in India on April 23. Let’s take a quick look at what the new sportscar has to offer and whether or not will it make the segment livelier than what it already is.
Starting with the looks, if there’s one thing that the new TT will bring to the segment, it has to be freshness. There’s no denying that all cars, be it the Boxster/Cayman, the BMW Z4, or the Mercedes Benz SLK, look great, but the TT’s sharp looks will certainly be a concern for the competition.
The silhouette remains unchanged, with a rear-set cabin (which can seat 4, no less, although the rear seats are unlikely to win you any friends!), and while the front-end is sharper-looking than ever, the car hasn’t lost its curves – something that the TT has flaunted right from the gen 1 model.
Standout feature for the new TT is easily going to be the interior. Not only because the owners are more likely to spend more time in the TT than ogling it – it is not the prettiest thing, after all, but also because Audi has managed to fix a 12.3-inch TFT display instead of the regular instrument cluster. And that might sound like a huge deal, considering a lot of premium vehicles do that anyway, but the ‘virtual cockpit (as they call it in Ingolstadt) is a thing of beauty.
Apart from this, the dashboard layout is no less impressive, either. It is minimalistic, but the attention to detail is heartbreakingly good. And then there’s the turbine-like AC vents that also sport temperature readouts. Couple all that with Audi’s famous fit and finish, and the TT’s interior seems all the more interesting.
Engines and drivetrain
Unlike the markets abroad where the new TT is offered in both petrol and diesel guises, the Indian entry is more likely to be that of the midrange petrol. It’s a 2-litre TFSI engine (turbocharged petrol) that makes 230 PS of maximum power and 370 Nm of torque, and comes mated to a Audi’s dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox. And quattro AWD system, which sends more power to the rear wheels so as to enable more driving fun without necessarily letting things go out of hand, will be standard affair, too.
Headline figures for the said configuration include a 0-100 kmph time of 5.3 seconds, which should satiate most owners’ desires who are looking for a useable yet flaunt-worthy car on the right side of Boxster/Cayman GTS.
The TT will be available only in the coupe form at the moment, while the roadster version (Audi TT Roadster) isn’t announced to be headed to India yet. Not exactly a direct competitor, but if you’re too eager for top-down motoring, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is available. It is based on the same ‘MQB’ platform as the TT, is already available in India, comes with a smaller engine and FWD configuration, but is not as stunning to look at.
The outgoing Audi TT retails for about INR 55 lakh, ex-showroom, so expect the new TT to be in the same ballpark, but with better looks, a sublime interior, and all the goodness that the TT has been famous for, of course. It remains to be seen whether Audi India offers goodies like the optional Matrix LED (first seen on the A8 last year), and the 19-inch wheels. Also, we won't mind the more powerful TTS, either.