Here is the new Audi TT – the successor to the most successful coupe of recent years.
The new model rolls into UK showrooms in September, priced from £24,625 for the 2.0-litre version to £29,285 for the 3.2-litre V6.
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Although longer and wider than the model it replaces, the second generation TT isn't radically different from the current coupe.
Audi says it didn't need to carve a bold new design, as the old model was such a fashion trailblazer. This explains the gently evolved looks, which retain a flavour of the current TT's graceful arcs and curves, alongside the harder edges and dominant goatee-beard grill that typifies modern Audis.
On the road
Two petrol engines will be offered from launch: a 2.0-litre and a 3.2-litre V6. The smallest engine offers 197bhp, while the 3.2 has a hefty 247bhp punch – enough for a 155mph top speed and a 0-60mph time in 5.9 seconds.
Audi cleverly introduced numerous new engines throughout the first TT's life, which helped keep sales buoyant and whatcar.com understands that further powerplants are in the pipeline for the latest model.
Expect a smaller-capacity petrol and a diesel to be added in the coming years.
The 2.0-litre version is front-wheel-drive, while the V6 uses Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive for better traction. Both models come with a six-speed manual gearbox or a paddle-shift automatic.
In the cabin
Inside the four-seater, Audi has created a plush cabin which lives up to its reputation for fit and finish. Lavish materials were used in the smart 2.0-litre car that whatcar.com sampled at the unveiling in Berlin on April 6.
There is plenty of space in the front for two adults, but the rear seats are best reserved for children or baggage. The TT retains the lift-up hatchback, with a bigger 290-litre boot.
Buying and owning
Running costs should defy the car's premium image. The smaller engine should be capable of 36.7mpg thanks to the car's lightweight aluminium construction. You can expect every TT to boast rock solid residuals for the first few years.
So far Audi has only unveiled the coupe version of the TT. A soft-top roadster will follow next spring, while the big news this time is the expected addition of a quasi-estate TT in 2008, based around the Shooting Brake concept revealed last autumn.
For the first chance to see the new TT in the metal, UK buyers will have to wait until the autumn, because Audi will not be at the British Motor Show in July. However, come back to whatcar.com for more updates and read July's edition of What Car? magazine to see studio photographs and more details.
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