Audi’s third-generation TT will launch this year with its entry model 2.0 TFSI coupe priced $2600 more than last year’s now-defunct 1.8 TFSI model, but $3500 less than the previous 2.0 TFSI.

Costing just one pineapple short of $72,000, the new base model is upping grunt by 51kW/120NM over the 1.8 TFSI and 14kW/20Nm more than the previous 2.0 TFSI. That means 169kW and 370Nm.

Transmitting the power to the wheels will be via either six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic. The usual front-wheel or Quattro all-wheel drive options are also available.

Audi TT 2015 Rear

The most potent combination at launch will be the Audi TT 2.0 TFSI S tronic with Quattro all-wheel drive, capable of propelling the TT from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

The two model lines available will be Sport and S line, both coming standard with leather and Alcantara upholstered electric front seats, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch as well as keyless entry and engine start.

Audi TT 2015 Interior

Audi’s innovative virtual cockpit technology, which conveniently positions sat-nav and infotainment on the driver’s instrument cluster, also makes an appearance in all models as standard.

Matrix LED headlights and a variety of alloys up to 20 inches will be available as options.

Managing Director of Audi Australia, Andrew Doyle, is confident of a winning combination, reporting that with “almost 250 orders already placed for the new Audi TT, we are confident that it will be the most successful ever.”

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