What's the news?
Audi Ireland has just introduced the revised and updated TT coupe to the Irish market. Prices start from a base €49,850 for the coupe, and €61,100 for the Roadster convertible. Forgotten that Audi actually made the TT? You're probably not alone - sales of the distinctive 2+2 had shrunk in recent years, as everyone has gone on an SUV binge, but thankfully this update keeps the small and sexy coupe alive for a few more years yet.
So what's new? Well, on the styling front thankfully not much. The TT's 'singleframe' grille has a bit more detailing around the edges, while full LED headlights are now standard. Those can be upgraded to Audi's day-for-night 'Matrix' LED headlights, with scrolling indicators, if you like.
At the rear, Audi says that it has stretched out some of the horizontal lines to make the TT appear lower and wider, but buggered if we can tell the difference. That's fine, though - the TT didn't really need to be made any prettier.
Two engines are on offer for now, both 2.0-litre TFSI petrol units. The base engine has 197hp and is badged 40 TFSI, while the more powerful 245hp version is badged 45 TFSI. The 40 can sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds, while the 45 knocks a significant chunk off of that, bringing it down to 5.9 seconds.
You can have either engine with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, or a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic and quattro four-wheel drive.
S-Line pack comes as standard, and includes a subtle but distinctive bodykit for the bumpers, front and rear, and the side sills. There are also S-Line sports seats inside, and you can choose from two new paint colours - Pulse Orange and Turbo Blue.
The TT also comes with the Audi Drive Select Driving Dynamics system, and thankfully it keeps the previous, minimalist, cabin with the 'Virtual Cockpit' digital instruments.