2011 Audi TT - Click above for high-res image gallery This is the 2011 Audi TT. It looks the same, it steers the same and it sticks the same. But there's one major difference: torque. Audi has managed to coax an additional 51 pound-feet of twist from its ever-evolving 2.0-liter TFSI four cylinder. The result? The standard TT isn't just the Bauhaus design icon that propelled Audi into the luxury limelight at the end of the last decade – it's finally a proper sports car. And it's about damned time. Follow the jump to see what we're torquing about. %Gallery-93046% Exterior photos by Damon Lavrinc / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc. Even the most hardened Audi aficionado would have a hard time spotting the differences between the 2011 model and its predecessor, so here is the Cliff's Notes version from our time spent with new TT in Germany this week. Both the TT Coupe and Roadster sport a new front bumper with larger air intakes, high-gloss black grille accents and chrome bezels framing the fog lamps. The most obvious visual additions are the 12 LEDs lining the bottom of the optional Xenon headlamps, the larger dual exhausts and the new front splitter and rear diffuser. Both come standard in matte black, but for our money, the optional carbon fiber pieces are a racy, sophisticated touch that we'd check on the option box. Add the carbon fiber mirrors to the package and you can brag to your friends that they're the same units fitted to Audi's six-figure R8. Also, we're totally crushing on the new Oolong Gray exterior (pictured), one of four new exterior colors available for the 2011 model year. The updates inside are far less dramatic and include a smattering of high-gloss interior trim and shiny accents, along with new brushed aluminum pieces on the center console, door liner and flat-bottom steering wheel. It's all subtle, all subdued and all available in three new interior colors: Garnet Red, Nougat Brown and Titanium Grey. But forget all that. The engine is clearly the belle of the ball, and it's time to put on our tux. The 2.0-liter TFSI's interior code name (EA888) gets a new designation affixed to the end: AVS. In conjunction with a revised intake manifold and a new turbo, the Audi Valvelift System electronically controls and manually actuates the exhaust valves on the iron block four-cylinder to coax out 211 horsepower (up from 200 ponies) and 258 pound-feet of torque beginning at a thoroughly usable 1,600 rpm. By no accident, the four's torque output begins to fall off at 4,200 rpm, just as peak horsepower arrives at 4,300 rpm and continues unabated until 6,000 rpm. Equipped with the six-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, the retuned TT is good for a claimed 0-60 mph sprint of 5.6 seconds and top speed of just over 150 mph. If you had any reservations about Audi nixing the 3.2-liter FSI V6 from the TT lineup last year, …
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|MPG||21 City / 29 Hwy|
|Transmission||6-spd auto-shift man w/OD|
|Power||265 @ 6000 rpm|
|Drivetrain||quattro all wheel|
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