Remember we once had an earlier generation of Audi TT on sale in India ? Then you should also know that it was available with a 1.8 litre turbocharged motor that belted out performace that can be best termed as adequate. Now, dear reader, do you also remember that not long ago our nation had a Czech sedan with a turbocharged petrol 1.8 litre engine and belted out figures similar to that of the above mentioned car and was available at a fraction of Audi’s cost? Yes, I won’t be wrong if I say that the Skoda Octavia vRS’s powerplant shared more than the engine size with the then TT.
Audi has launched a new entry-level TT in the international market. Introduced with a price tag of £24,070, this variant of the Audi TT coupe is billed as a 2012 model.
The new variant of Audi TT Coupe will come with 1.8 TFSi badges and gets Audi’s 1.8 litre turbocharged engine that used to be available only in roadster version of Audi TT. The engine delivers ( a modest for sportscar) 158bhp between 4,500 and 6,300 rpm and 184 lb/ft of torque from 1,500 to 4,500rpm.
The car can be bought with either a standard six-speed manual or optional 7-speed S-tronic twin-clutch transmission and can also be had with optional Sport or S-line trim specification.
Audi claims that the car is capable enough to reach 62mph from rest in a quick 7.2 seconds and this can be further reduced to 7.1 seconds if one has opted for the twin-clutch gearbox. The car has a claimed top whack of 140mph. Also, regardless of the type of transmission, 44.1 mpg and 147g CO2 are claimed.
The Sport models gets 17-inch alloy wheels, an electronic climate control, leather combined with rich Alcantara for upholstery and Concert audio equipment with iPod connectivity.
S line models feature bigger 18-inch alloys, a lowered suspension, a short-shifter for manual transmissions, S line detailing and powerful xenon headlights.
Other revisions for the 2012 TT range include the option of having the popular S tronic transmission for both roadster and coupe versions of 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDi powered cars.
P.S. Skoda Laura TSi has a 1.8 litre powerplant with power rated at 158 BHPs @ 6200 RPM. Yet another case of Deja Vu ?? Well, another story for another day. *Winks*