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A day at Pukekohe: Audi launches three models


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June 26, 2008/11.45


Today was a fun day: ?ying to Pukekohe for the launch of three Audis.
   The ?rst was the Audi TTS—the TT with a turbocharged two-litre, replacing the V6 (which I drove last year) in the New Zealand market. I always said that the car could do with this powerplant, which is also in the S3—and the TTS has the lovely ?appy-paddle gearchange. I only managed to see 210 km/h though due to my lack of experience on the Pukekohe track.
   Secondly, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, for the aspiring Laura Holts who can no longer buy a traditional, Karmann-style Volkswagen convertible. The hood is incredibly quiet—I noticed virtually no difference between this and a regular A3 in driving.
   Thirdly, the Audi A3 Sportback 1·4T, in response to the demand for lower-capacity vehicles—but it has more power than the outgoing 1·6 and compares nicely to the two-litre.
   They will be covered in more depth in Lucire, and I will have photos from the 35 mm, but for now, here are some low-res shots via cellphone.

Audi TTS grille 

Audi TTS in orange

Audi A3 Cabriolet rear three-quarter view 

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T in back 

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