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After many sneak peaks and unofficial leaks, the new Audi TT has officially been released!  It’s about time too, as we were almost getting tired of all the teasers.

The good news is, the leak we posted yesterday of the TTS was of the real photos, and all our other speculation about the styling has been correct.  The new TT is sharp and angular in all exterior design aspects, and features a larger grill than ever before.  The overall shape and appearance is a clever mix between the 1st and 2nd generation models, whilst still moving forward in design.

The interior of the new TT takes on a less is more approach, using the new smart interior system that combines the instrument cluster with the MMI setup in a single digital display.  This leaves the remainder of the dash clear, especially since the aircon controls have been mounted in the air vents themselves.  The standard sport seats feature built-in head restraints and have been positioned lower for a sportier feel to the TT, bringing it one step closer to the R8 end of the Audi range.

The 2+2 seater TT is available in 11 exterior colours, one specifically for the S model.  The interior also features an entirely new colour palette, with a new two-tone colour scheme also available.

Now for the interesting bits, the performance specs, the engine line-up.  The new TT will be powered by 2 petrol variants and 1 diesel variant.  The 2.0 TDI will generate 135kW and 380Nm, dealt to the front wheels via either a 6-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission, which Audi claims is good for a 0-100km/h sprint of 7.2 seconds, whilst sipping a meagre 4.2l/100km.  The 2.0 TFSI petrol engine will be available in 2 states of tune, a 169kW, 370Nm version good enough for a 6.0s 0-100km/h sprint in FWD guise and 5.3s in quattro guise, and a 228kW, 380Nm TTS, standard with quattro, and capable of a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h (electronically limited).

11 different wheel designs will be available, ranging from 17- to 19-inches, wearing tyres up to 245/35 R19 in size.  Housed within these are a maximum size 338mm front brake discs (TTS) for rapid deceleration.

The “Evolution, not Revolution” stance taken by Audi may be seen as lazy by some, but with new underpinnings, new technology, and a rather striking design, the 3rd generation Audi TT is sure to be a top seller for the brand.  At a later date, Audi is expected to release a TT RS, however a TTS Plus may arrive with around 280kW from the 2.0TFSI motor.  This engine is good for over 300kW if the TT Quattro Sport Concept is anything to go by.

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