Audi has significantly cut its TT sports car line-up, culling available variants from 12 to just two by discontinuing the Roadster body style, manual gearbox and all front-drive versions, while the future of the top-spec RS remains under a cloud.
The TT range reduction is in line with the brand’s global ambition of reducing complexity from its line-up.
As such, the facelifted, coupe-only TT now kicks off at $79,900 for the 45 TFSI quattro, while the top-spec TTS is priced at $99,900.
Although the point of entry is now $5200 pricier than before, the base TT is now equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive as standard, putting closer in specification to the outgoing TFSI quattro Sport that was priced at $81,155.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, the new TT matches its predecessor’s 169kW/370Nm output, which enables a zero-to-100km/h run in 5.3 seconds.
The all-paw, six-speed automatic TTS meanwhile, is $1955 cheaper than before, and is powered by a carryover 210kW/380Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, resulting in a quicker 4.7s 0-100km/h sprint.
Fuel economy for the new TT is pegged at 6.6 litres per 100km, while the TTS will return 7.0L/100km.
Differentiating itself from its predecessor, the facelifted TT is fitted with a new three-dimensional ‘Singleframe’ front grille, LED headlights, dynamic rear indicators, wireless smartphone charger and auto-folding exterior mirrors.
Standard equipment also includes sport seats, leather and Alcantara door inserts, 18-inch wheels, multi-function steering wheel with paddle shifters, all-digital virtual cockpit instrumentation, satellite navigation, and digital radio.
Though the S line variant has now been deleted, an ‘S line sport package’ option is available to base TT buyers from $7990 and includes an exterior body kit, more bolstered front seats, brushed aluminium inlays, premium sound system, heated front pews and 19-inch wheels.
Larger 20-inch wheels are also available with the ‘S line sport package’, raising pricing to $9390.
Meanwhile, the top-shelf TTS gains 19-inch wheels, S line sports seats, nappa leather upholstery, heated pews, bespoke steering wheel, metallic paint and red brake callipers as standard.
Both the new TT and TTS feature front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, cruise control, drive attention assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system at no cost.
As for the full-fat TT RS, which is powered by the same 294kW/480Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the RS3 Sportback and sedan, Audi Australia is yet to confirm its availability in facelifted form.
While it is not uncommon for top-spec variants to lag behind in production, Audi’s bid to cut its product portfolio puts a question mark over the new TT RS.