2016 Audi TTS
More Brawn, More Focus From This Fashion-Forward Coupe
EngineTurbo 2.0L I4
Power310 HP / 280 LB-FT
0-60 Time4.9 Seconds
Top Speed155 MPH (limited)
Warranty4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Base Price$50,000 (est.)
- As of this writing, today's TTS commands an $8,350 premium over the TT. Assuming a commensurate gap is carried over into this next generation model, that supplemental dosh will get you 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque instead of 230 hp and 273 lb-ft in the standard TT. That would mean more for your money, too, since the gap between the current TT and TTS is 54 hp and zero lb-ft of torque. To achieve the new numbers, the 2.0 TSFI engine from the TTS benefits from upgrades like sturdier valves, revised aluminum pistons and stronger connecting rods with new bearings, a reinforced crankshaft and a high-performance intercooler. The amplified brawn rips 0.7 seconds off the 0-60 mile-per-hour time, getting you there in 4.6 seconds.
- But wait, there's more: The TTS comes standard with Audi magnetic ride and S sport seats with air-filled adjustable bolsters, gets lightweight aluminum brakes in front, is lowered by 0.4 inches (the S-line package does the same for the TT) and sits on 18-inch wheels as standard, with 19- and 20-inchers as options. If the badging alone doesn't do it, twin pipes at each rear corner identify it as a top-of-the-line model, as do the TTS-exclusive colors like Sepang Blue metallic and Panther Black Crystal Effect outside and Express Red leather inside.
- We aren't against buttons on a steering wheel in a sporty-minded car, but we often appreciate it when they're not there. However, button-laden spokes (there are 14 functions among all the glyphs) make the most sense in the bare, pure interior of the TTS; they bolster the impression of the driver-oriented cockpit because they aren't merely convenient redundancies, they're necessary elements of the only command center in the car. The TTS dash also gets what Audi calls a "honeycomb-like," "innovative technical laser texture" – what looks to us like dimples. They work, helping visually dilute the scope of the wide, black dashboard.
- The Sport Layout, exclusive to the TTS, further buttresses the sports car vibe. It fills the center of the 12.3-inch gauge binnacle screen with a tachometer, places a digital speedo inside of that and pushes supplemental information to the left and right. This helps the pilot focus on swapping cogs just before the 6,800-rpm redline when it's time to drive angry.
- That's exactly what we did around Ascari, forced to focus on the tachometer for the first few turns. The 2.0-liter four, a little boar of an engine, refuses to stop pulling until the digital red needle dips into the digital red numbers so we kept hitting the limiter until we learned the engine note. The TTS does everything just remarkable enough to prick the senses: its acceleration gets your attention, its brakes are good for both going deep into a corner and bailing you out of one, its steering (in Dynamic mode) combined with the proactive, adaptive Quattro software and the coupe's dexterity mean you can choose to put a wheel on the kerbing or on the inside of the white line next to the kerbing. Anvil-flat cornering stays almost as anvil flat through quick doglegs, and if you turn off electronic stability control, slight drifts are possible when you really push it. It's fun around a track.
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