Audi will drop the lowest-powered petrol and sole diesel variants of the TT from the model range when updated versions of the two-door reach showrooms at the end of the year.
In a move that TT product marketing manager Jens Meier said will “simplify the range”, the car will come exclusively with Audi’s 2.0 TFSI petrol engine. Although Audi has not officially linked the changes to the new WLTP fuel economy and emissions testing, it’s understood that the more stringent test procedure has prompted the use of one engine across the range.
Three states of tune will be offered. The 40 TFSI, produces 194bhp, 16bhp more than the outgoing 1.8-litre TFSI that features at the bottom of the current TT range. There will also be a 242bhp 45, and the TT S gets 302bhp, a decrease of 4bhp because of a new particulate filter. An Audi spokesman said the resulting increase in back pressure has helped to boost torque and the new model shaves a tenth from the pre-facelift car’s 4.6sec 0-62mph time.
Fans of the high-performance TT RS will rejoice at the news that it will stick with the current car’s turbocharged five-cylinder motor, but this updated top model isn’t due to arrive until next year, so we don’t know whether WLTP affects the 394bhp output of the 2.5-litre engine yet.
Along with its engine line- up changes, the tweaked Mk3 TT range also comes with more standard kit. Offered from the base model up are Audi’s drive-mode-adjusting Drive Select system and automatic headlights and wipers. There’s also a new sports display for the standard-fit Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster.
Aesthetic changes are slim but there is a new single-frame front grille and larger side air inlets on the bumper. S line models also get a new front splitter and a wider diffuser at the back.
To mark the TT’s 20th anniversary, Audi is adding a special TT 20 Years model to the range. Production is limited to 999 examples and all have the TFSI 45 engine. The car mimics the design and finish of the original TT concept, with grey paint, new 19in wheels and tan leather.
UK prices for the updated TT are yet to be revealed, but the higher-spec base engine and extra standard kit are expected to mean a price rise. In Germany, it will cost from €35,000 (about £31,100) in coupé form. The roadster will start from €37,500 (£33,300).