The 2016 Audi TT S, the flagship of the sporty TT range, has been launched in Australia in both Coupe and Roadster formats.
The Coupe lands for $99,900 plus on-road. The convertible version wants for a $4000 premium.
Although the TT S is available in choice of conventional or S tronic dual-clutch transmissions in overseas markets, Australian models are offered exclusively with the six-speed S tronic.
Power comes courtesy of the ‘EA888’ 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, plying torque via a quattro all-wheel-drive system that utilises the same Haldex differential as the S3 small car range. The Haldex system can distribute up to 100 per cent of drive to the rear wheels.
The Australian tune for the engine allows a peak power figure of 210kW (up 10kW over the previous model) between 5300-6200rpm, and 380Nm of torque (up 30Nm over the old version) available from 1800rpm through to 5200rpm.
By comparison, the European TT S tune produces an identical 380Nm, but boasts a markedly higher 228kW power figure.
Audi Australia claims the sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.7 seconds for the S tronic Coupe (0.1sec down on the European version) which offers launch control functionality, and 5.0sec for the drop-top experience. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.
The disparity in acceleration is largely down to weight, as the 1460kg Coupe is a sizeable 115kg more lightweight than the (1575kg) Roadster.
Fuel consumption is said to be 6.8L/100km and 6.9L respectively for the three- and two-door sportscars.
Audi’s three-mode (auto/comfort/sport) magnetic ride adaptive suspension damping system in fitted as standard.
Six different 19- and 20-inch optional wheel styles are available as options priced between $350 and $2250.
The TT S Coupe, specifically, looks set to hold the mantle as the quickest and most dynamic of the TT until the inevitable, hard-core TT RS arrives next year, mostly likely to bow at the Geneva motor show in March.
Like its RS3 stablemate, the TT RS is expected to boast turbocharged five-cylinder power.
Standard TT S features include:
Electro-mechanical variable-ratio steering
Front and rear parking sensors with rear-view camera
19-inch alloy wheels
Active lane assist
Electrically extending wind deflector (Roadster)
LED headlights and daytime running lights
Keyless entry and start
Automatically dimming rear vision mirror
Automatic climate control
Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
Leather seats with heat retention reduction technology
Electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats
Alcantara/leather trim seating
Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
12.4-inch Virtual Cockpit driver interface screen
155-watt, 5-channel, 9-speaker sound system
A number of options are available, including (prices excluding LCT):
Assistance package ($1900) — includes blind spot monitoring, park assistance (semi-autonomous parking for parallel and perpendicular parking), high-beam assist and heated wing mirrors.
S Performance package ($6300-$7600) — includes LED Matrix headlights, fine Nappa leather, Bang & Olufsen surround sound audio, quartz silver interior trim, privacy glass (Coupe), leather package (Roadster), 19-inch wheels (Roadster), 20-inch wheels (Coupe)
Special paint finish: Vegas Yellow ($700)
Metallic/pearl paint ($1400)
Audi matrix LED headlights ($1900)
Fine Nappa leather ($1400)
Leather pack ($800)
Heated front seats – Coupe ($750)
Neck-level heating – Roadster ($800)
Bang and Olufsen sound system ($1200) — includes 12-speaker stereo with 14-channel amplifier and 680W power output
Digital television – Coupe ($2050)
NOTE: Roadster shots are of the European model. Australian photos still to come.