It’s a UK-exclusive, but that doesn’t mean we can’t admire it from afar

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There was a once a time when the Audi TT was in desperate need of a makeover after the previous generation model was running on fumes, having carried the name for Audi for eight years. Everything changed, though, when the third- and current-generation TT finally arrived in 2014. Not only did it bring some much-needed life back to the TT name, it also reinvigorated Audi’s entire sports car lineup. Fast forward to today and the TT remains a relevant force for Audi, so much so that it received the special edition treatment in the form of the TT Black Edition.

Before any of you get excited, it must be noted that the TT Black Edition, together with the other Audi models receiving similar treatment, is only available in the UK. I know, right? Is it too much to ask for American customers to get some special edition love too? Frustrations notwithstanding, the TT is joined in the Black Edition series by the A3 and S3, as well as the S6 and S7 Sportback models, the Q3 SUV, and of course, the TT Roadster.

Most of the upgrades in the TT Black Edition are of the cosmetic variety, but there are some upgrades that are exclusive to the coupe and roadster versions of the TT and TTS. There are no engine modifications, so prospective owners shouldn’t expect anything from the TT’s 2.0-liter turbo engine, which produces 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Come to grips with that and the TT Black Edition becomes a lot more desirable.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi TT Black Edition.

What makes the Audi TT Black Edition special

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A special edition model is inherently “special” because of its exclusivity relative to the standard model. That’s a good way of looking at the Audi TT Black Edition and all other Audi models bearing the same designation.

Like most of the models in the Black Edition range, the TT and TTS models get cosmetic upgrades in the form a unique black finish on various sections of the car, including the Single Frame grille, window capping, door mirrors, and air inlets. Whereas the body finish itself isn’t exclusively black, these exterior appointments are largely the reasons why the model is called the Black Edition.

It is a bit underwhelming but, fortunately, there are some exclusive additions to the TT and TTS Black Editions. The most notable of these “exclusive” additions is the new set of 19-inch, five-spoke, Blade-design alloy wheels. The design itself is different from other variants of the Black Edition. For example, the A3 Black Edition gets a set of 18-inch, 10-spoke, matt titanium finished alloy wheels while the S6 and S7 Black Edition models get 21-inch five-arm Rotor-design alloy wheels. So basically, one of the biggest differences among these Black Edition models are centered on the wheels, specifically their sizes and their designs.

Like most of the models in the Black Edition range, the TT and TTS models get cosmetic upgrades in the form a unique black finish on various sections of the car, including the Single Frame grille, window capping, door mirrors, and air inlets.

If nothing else, the TT and TTS Black Edition models also get a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a big step up from the 10-speaker Audi Sound System that’s featured on the A3 Black Edition. The Roadster versions of the two models also gets an extra freebie in the form of a powered wind deflector.

All TT and TTS Black Edition models and their roadster counterparts will come with standard engines. That means that the TT Black Edition gets 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of twist from its 2.0-liter, turbochaeged engine while the TTS Black Edition gets a meatier 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. If there are future owners out there with these models who are looking for bumps in power, the aftermarket tuning scene is the place to get that done.

The cost of owning an Audi TT Black Edition comes up to £31,735, which converts to just under $40,000, while the TTS Black Edition is understandably more expensive at £41,285, or around $52,000.

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Press Release

Audi design is even more becoming in black - this appears to be the opinion of an ever increasing number of UK customers choosing Black Edition versions of their preferred Audi model, prompting more widespread integration of the dark tinted specification option to include the latest A3 and S3, TT and TT Roadster, S6 and S7 Sportback models. Available from this month, these new variants join the first ever Black Edition version of the Q3 compact SUV, which has also just come on stream.

In the A3 three-door, five-door Sportback and Saloon ranges Black Edition specification is offered as a step up from the top S line trim. It brings special 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish and darkened privacy glass extending from the B pillar rearwards, plus of course a distinctive black finish for the Single Frame grille surround, air inlets, window cappings and door mirrors. Inside, the ambiance is also enriched by a 10-speaker Audi Sound System with 180 watts of music power.

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S3 three-door and Sportback Black Edition models combine the new colour-coding with 18-inch five-arm Turbine design wheels, while S3 Saloon Black Edition models upgrade to a 19-inch five-arm Wing design corresponding in size with the 19-inch wheel used by ‘standard’ S3 Saloon models. Internally all three variants also benefit from a Bang & Olufsen audio system in place of the Audi Sound System normally included as part of the S3 specification.

The Black Edition formula is applied in a similar concentration for TT and TTS Coupe and Roadster models, but in these versions 19-inch five-spoke Blade design alloy wheels and Bang & Olufsen audio form part of the package, as does an additional powered wind deflector for the Roadster.

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The Q3 range adopts the Black Edition specification for the first time in its production lifespan as part of a package of upgrades which become applicable across the UK range from this month. Replacing the S line plus model, it builds on that version’s already extensive specification not only with its black styling package and 19-inch 10-Y-spoke design alloy wheels with their black diamond cut finish, but also with standard metallic paint, privacy glass and a BOSE sound system upgrade.

The particularly visually arresting S6 Saloon and Avant and S7 Sportback Black Edition models also derive their more brooding stance from similar styling revisions. S6 and S6 Avant Black Edition models combine these with 20-inch five twin spoke alloy wheels, while S7 Sportback Black Edition models move up to a 21-inch five-arm Rotor design. Inside, in addition to piano black inlays, both models gain a BOSE sound system and a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel.

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