The new Audi TT, which is due in the UK on September 9 06, with a starting price of £24,625.

The second-generation model is longer and wider than its predecessor, with a sleeker, stretched profile.

Two petrol engines are available: a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder FTFSI unit developing 200bhp (up 13bhp on the previous base 1.8), which delivers a top speed of 149mph and 0–62mph acceleration in 6.4 seconds, and a 3.2-litre naturally aspirated V6, priced from £29,285, developing 250bhp (up 3bhp on the previous 3.2), with an electronically limited top speed of 155 and a 0–62mph time of 5.7 seconds.

Both engines are mated to six-speed manual transmissions, with the option of the "S tronic" dual-clutch gearbox.

The V6 keeps Audi's quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system. The new model is equipped with a new multi-link rear suspension and the Audi magnetic ride damper system, which uses magnetic particles in the damper oil to alter the setting when a voltage is applied, is available as an option.

The new TT has larger wheels, ranging from 16in to 19in, and a new combination of aluminium-alloy and steel in the body: the latter makes up 31 per cent of the structure at the rear for a balanced weight distribution. A spoiler extends from the tailgate to improve downforce at 75mph or more.
New Audi TT

Inside, there is a choice of three leathers for the sports seats and standard features include automatic air-conditioning and a flat-bottomed steering wheel for easier cabin access.

This is also the first Audi to have the company's new audio system: six softkeys control a variety of functions, depending on which menu is selected.

Like its predecessor, the new TT will initially be available only in coupé form, but a roadster is scheduled for launch in December this year.

Edited by Dazza (28th Oct 2006 1:02pm)