German importer Audi has launched on the Australian market, what it says is, the first series-production sports car in the world to be powered by a diesel engine.
The company says pure sportiness and compelling performance, combined with sensational efficiency is the best description of its newest TT model to arrive Down Under.
We couldn’t help but think that perhaps it also hoped to draw attention away from yesterday launch by rival BMW of the 330d sports sedan – see our First Steer below.
Audi says the all-new Audi TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro further cements its reputation for leading performance with TDI technology and clearly expressing the company’s desire to promote Progressive Performance – that is, performance combined with strong efficiency for guilt-free motoring.
The first premium brand in Australia to introduce a TDI engine into every major model line, Audi has now extended its diesel range into sports cars with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that delivers power of 125kW and 350Nm of torque.
On average, the TDI in the TT Coupe requires only 5.3 litres of fuel per 100 km, unbeatably low consumption in the sports car segment.
This extreme efficiency also means the new TT 2.0 TDI quattro is completely exempt from Luxury Car Tax, meaning the manufacturer’s recommended price, including GST, is just $70,900.
The TT Coupe quattro 2.0 TDI sprints from zero to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 226km/h.
The TT’s low weight is a key factor in this impressive performance, tipping the scales at just 1370 kilograms and using the hybrid design pioneered by Audi.
Its forward structure is made from lightweight aluminium and the rear section is comprised of steel, to optimise weight distribution.
The power transmission for the TT Coupe 2.0 TDI quattro is also high-tech. An ultra-efficient, precise and easy-to-shift six-speed manual transmission delivers the engine’s torque to the all-wheel drive, itself featuring a hydraulic multi-plate clutch as its nerve centre.
The clutch can redirect power as needed from the front to the rear wheels with lightning speed.
The chassis, with electromechanical power steering and elaborate four-link rear suspension, is a highly complex structure and guarantees a comfortable ride and surefooted handling.