Two long-awaited sports cars finally have arrived in Australia to set enthusiasts’ hearts racing.
The Alfa Romeo 4C coupe from Italy and Audi TT from Germany will appeal to different buyer types, but reportedly both have fat order books already.
Like the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota 86, the $89,000 Alfa is a back-to-basics sports car that arrives all too rarely.
It weighs just 1025kg thanks to a carbonfibre body structure and plastic outer panels. The mid-mounted engine is 1750cc – a famous size in Alfa history – but boosted with a turbocharger to produce 177 kiloWatts.
It’s a mini-Ferrari in essence, said to be endowed with limpet-like cornering grip and ideal 50:50 balance. A roof height of just 118cm ensures a low centre of gravity.
Audi’s third-generation take on the genuinely iconic TT design has crisper, longer lines, but unmistakably continues the modernist Bauhaus theme of the 1998 original. It’s a good-looker.
The TT is available here initially only as a coupe, with a 2.0 litre, 169kW turbo engine, manual or twin-clutch auto transmission and the choice of front-drive or quattro all-wheel drive.
A 50kg weight reduction and power boost cut 0-100 kmh acceleration to 5.3 sec. and fuel consumption to as little as 5.9 litres per 100 kms.
Priced from $71,950, the TT comes in Sports or S line specification, both well-equipped and the second including Audi’s ground-breaking LED headlights.