This is the new Audi TT coupe, the German company's attempt to muscle into the mid-range sports coupe market. With its curvaceous, rounded, striking design, the TT is based closely on a concept car first shown at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. UK sales begin next spring, with prices likely to start at about pounds 24,000.

The TT comes in two engine versions, both using 1.8-litre 20-valve turbocharged four-cylinder motors. The more powerful version belts out 225bhp, and boasts a top speed of 150mph. There's also a 180bhp version, good for an entirely adequate 140mph. Both use quattro four-wheel-drive transmission.

The TT's interior is almost as striking as the exterior. Bare aluminium, leather and Alcantara - a synthetic, suede-like material - are all widely used. The rear seats - not likely to be very spacious - can also fold forward, increasing boot space.