The facelifted Audi TT has quietly arrived in South Africa a year after it was revealed, with the local range comprising just two coupé derivatives at launch.
The first is the TT 45 TFSI, which is priced from R670 000. This variant is powered by the Volkswagen Group’s familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 169 kW and 370 N.m to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Ingolstadt-based firm claims this front-driven TT will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 5,9 seconds and top out at 250 km/h. A black styling package (R7 395) and an S line exterior package (R24 900) will be offered as options. Other interesting extras for this model include sports seats (R11 440), a Bang & Olufsen sound system (R9 875) and a reversing camera (R6 971).
And the other derivative? Well, that’s the TTS coupé, which in SA-spec generates 228 kW and 380 N.m from its 2,0-litre four-banger, sent to all four corners through Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Priced at R782 000, the TTS will complete the obligatory sprint to three figures in a claimed 4,9 seconds, before topping out at 250 km/h. Sports suspension plus (with Audi’s so-called “magnetic ride”) and red brake callipers ship standard.
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