The entry price tag will be attached to the 2.0 TFSI coupe variant of the third-generation sports car, and represents a $2600 increase over the 1.8 TFSI second-gen base model but a $3500 decrease compared with the old 2.0 TFSI.
Launch variants of the 2015 Audi TT coupe will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 169kW and 370Nm – outgunning their smaller-engined predecessor by a whopping 51kW and 120Nm, and gaining 14kW and 20Nm over the outgoing 2.0-litre.
The new TT will be available with the choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmissions, as well as with front-wheel drive and quattro all-wheel drive.
The quickest of the launch range claims a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.3 seconds, while the most frugal uses as little as 6.4 litres per 100 kilometres of fuel on the combined cycle, meaning the new model shaves 0.7sec off the old 2.0-litre’s sprint time, while matching the fuel economy of the 1.8-litre.
Two model lines will be available initially: Sport and S line. Both feature the new Audi ‘virtual cockpit’ as standard, which shifts the infotainment display from its conventional position in the centre of the dashboard to the instrument cluster directly in front of the driver.
MMI Navigation plus with MMI Touch, electric front seats with leather and Alcantara upholstery, and a convenience key also form part of the standard package, while matrix LED headlights and a selection of alloy wheels up to 20 inches in diameter are available optionally.
Audi Australia will announce full specification and pricing details at the local launch of the 2015 Audi TT coupe next month.
It will be followed around the middle of the year by the TT Roadster, and in the third quarter by the sporty TT S, which pumps out a meatier 228kW and 380Nm from its uprated 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.
Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle says that with almost 250 local customers having already put down deposits for the new TT, the brand is confident that the third generation will be “the most successful ever”.