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Audi has announced a more powerful and efficient TT in its third-generation guise. The popular Coupe from the four-ring marque now gets an increase in power output of up to 14 per cent and a simultaneous decrease in emissions of 11 per cent.

Launched in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the new generation Audi TT boasts a singleframe front grille that’s much broader and flatter than its predecessor. Starting in the top corners of the grille, sharp contours run in a V across the hood, which bears the four Audi rings; similar to that of  the flagship Audi R8. The air intakes feature struts that direct part of the flow away from the front to the flanks.

From the side, the new Audi TT is equally lean and muscular; it rests low on the road as if ready to pounce. At 4.18 meters, the Coupé is almost exactly the same length as its predecessor, though its wheelbase has grown by 37 mm to 2,505 mm, making for especially short overhangs. It is 1,832 mm wide, and has the same height as the previous TT at 1,353 mm. The recognizable slope silhouette, wrap-around LED lights and black-mesh skid plate with the twin exhaust make the Audi TT instantly recognizable from the rear.

A host of technologies have contributed towards the positive life cycle assessment of the Audi TT, including lightweight construction. Thanks to an intelligent combination of materials, Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in reducing the car’s unladen weight. The first TT change in 2006 saw weight savings of up to 90 kilograms achieved. With the front-wheel driven 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT now weighing in at just 1,230 kg, this means that the car is once again around 50 kg lighter than its predecessor.

There are essentially two versions of the Audi TT: the diesel 2.0 TDI and petrol 2.0 TFSI. The TDI scores an impressive 184 bhp and 380 Nm of torque, while the 2.0 TFSI ups it a notch to 230 hp or 310 hp (Audi TT S) and 370Nm. With the standard 6-speed transmission, the Coupe accelerates from 0 -100 km/h in 6 seconds and does a top speed of 250 km/h. Throw in a 6-speed S tronic and quattro all-wheel, the century sprint is accomplished in 5.3 secs (0.7 s lesser) , while top speed is maintained at 250 km/h.