Audi took the time today to inform us Yanks what we'd be paying this year for the privelege to own a new TT. The 2008 Audi TT will start at $34,800 for a base 2.0T Coupe. The TT 3.2 Quattro model begins higher at $41,500. If you like your TT sans its top, a TT Roadster 2.0T will begin at $36,800, while the 3.2 quattro Roadster begins at $44,500. Destination charges are $720 for each model, and if you'd prefer the S tronic gearbox, also known as the DSG transmission in Volkswagen models, over the standard six-speed, add another $1,400 to your total. The highest base price for a TT then will be a 3.2 quattro Roadster with an S tronic transmission that costs $45,900. There will be lots of optional equipment ot push that price higher, however, like a DVD-based navigation system, the "magnetic ride" suspension, 18-inch weels, etc. The base prices seem fair to us considering that Audi appears to have successfully updated the original TT's beloved design while at the same time infusing the car with a bit more sporting prowess. All that optional equipment, however, will easily push the TT's price over $50,000.

Check out Audi's official press release after the jump.

[Source: Audi]


PRESS RELEASE:

AUDI ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR 2008 TT MODELS

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Audi of America, Inc. today announced pricing for its 2008 TT model line-up. TT Coupe models will arrive in dealerships in April, while TT Roadsters follow in May. Prices will range from $34,800 to $45,900 depending upon model and options.

TT Coupe 2.0T models start at $34,800, while 3.2 quattro® models begin at $41,500. TT Roadster 2.0T models have a base price of $36,800, and 3.2 quattro Roadsters start at $44,500. This pricing does not include a $720 destination charge. TT 3.2 models equipped with S tronic gearboxes have a base price $1,400 higher than manual transmission cars. (Coupe: $42,900, Roadster: $45,900)

Both TT model lines will be available in 2.0T or 3.2 quattro form. All 2.0T models will have a 200hp 2.0 TFSI engine mated to a six-speed S tronic gearbox. The 3.2 quattro models will have a 250hp V6 engine and quattro all-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard (3.2 quattro only), with a six-speed S tronic gearbox optional.

Carrying on with Audi tradition, the all-new 2008 TT is equipped with class-leading technology. The newest generation of Audi Space Frame® (ASF) combines both aluminum and steel to achieve lighter weight, and better weight distribution for better driving dynamics. Audi magnetic ride (optional) employs the latest in suspension technology and allows drivers to choose between a smooth ride and aggressive handling. Audi's famous S tronic gearbox offers the performance of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic, and shifts faster than and any person can at 0.2 seconds per shift.

The 2008 TT will come equipped with a long list of standard luxurious and sporty features. Standard equipment on the 2008 TT includes such items as leather and Alcantara-covered sport seats, automatic climate control, electromechanical power steering, Audi Concert audio system with in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability, 17" alloy wheels, keyless entry with alarm, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped flat-bottom sport steering wheel.

An extensive list of optional equipment allows drivers to personalize their TT model, and give it even more sporting appeal. Audi magnetic ride and 18" alloy wheels add to the TT's sporty handling. An S line package goes one step further by adding more aggressive front and rear styling and 19" alloy wheels with performance tires, and special interior leather trim. An Enhanced Interior package includes Nappa leather covered seats and leather covered interior trip components. TT Roadster models also have an extra storage compartments with this package.

Other options include a DVD-based navigation system with two slots for SD memory cards, Bluetooth phone preparation, Bose® premium sound with Sirius® satellite radio, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, iPod interface, Audi parking system, and Baseball-optic leather interior (Roadster only).