2011 TTS New Car Test Drive
The Audi TT offers quick acceleration, crisp handling, remarkable efficiency and a beautiful interior, all wrapped in a stunning, highly distinctive body that will not be mistaken for anything else on the road.
For 2010, Audi has simplified the TT lineup. All 2010 Audi TT models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and Audi's S-tronic DSG transmission. The six-speed transmission works like a conventional manual without a clutch pedal, and can be operated as a full automatic, or as a manual via the gearshift or steering wheel paddles. (The V6 is no longer available.)
Quattro all-wheel drive gives the TT enhanced handling tenacity and, with an appropriate choice of tires, excellent bad-weather capabilities. (No front-drive models are offered.)
The TT is available as a coupe or roadster. The coupe has 2+2 seating, meaning two adults in front plus two non-complaining and hopefully very small persons in back. Still, it's really a two-seater, but the coupe does offer an impressive amount of cargo space under its rear hatch. The roadster has a power-folding soft top that opens in seconds, with no pretensions of being meant for anything other than two people who travel light.
The TT has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It offers three equipment levels and several options, including some really neat leathers and interior trim. We think it's worth taking time to consider them all.
The TTS is powered by a different version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, rated at 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, with a greater emphasis on all-out performance throughout.
Fuel economy for the TT line is remarkable, given the levels of performance and standard all-wheel-drive, with an EPA-rated 21/29 mpg City/Highway, regardless of the model.
The interior is stunning, with a brilliant design and layout, beautiful detailing, tight panel gaps and first-class materials. But what really sets this sports car apart, and has since the introduction of the first TT a decade ago, is its wonderful exterior design. The TT has a look and a style that is both classic and contemporary. Those shopping for a sporty weekend toy or a reasonably practical all-season sports car would do well to take a look at the TT.
All 2010 Audi TT models come with quattro all-wheel drive and Audi's S-tronic DSG automatic transmission.
The Audi TT Coupe 2.0T ($37,800) and Roadster 2.0T ($40,800) are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, generating 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The 2+2 Coupe has a split-folding rear seat. The two-seat Roadster has a power-folding convertible top.
Standard features include leather/alcantara upholstery, automatic climate control, a tilt-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, manually adjustable front seats, aluminum interior trim, a 140-watt audio system with nine speakers and a single-CD player, Bluetooth compatibility, fog lights, automatically deploying rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Options are grouped in three packages: Premium Plus ($2,000) adds heated, 10-way power adjustable seats and automatic headlights with Xenon projector beams. Prestige ($4,780) includes Premium Plus, a GPS navigation system with real-time traffic reporting and a loadable hard drive, an audio upgrade with 225 watts, digital processing, 12 speakers and a six-CD changer, and upgraded Silk Nappa leather upholstery. S-Line trim ($2,200) adds 19-inch wheels and a sport-trim body package. Stand-alone options include Audi Magnetic Ride ($1,400); 19-inch wheels ($800); Alcantara inserts and other interior upgrades.
The Audi TTS Coupe ($45,900) and TTS Roadster ($48,900) are powered by a version of 2.0-liter four-cylinder with more turbocharger boost. Output increases to 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The racier TTS models are equipped comparably to the standard TTs, though they come standard with Audi Magnetic Ride variable suspension and the S-Line body trim. The TTS is available with the Prestige package ($6,050), which includes 19-inch wheels.
Safety features include front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags for front passengers, protecting both head and thorax, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, stability control, active head restraints, and a tire-pressure monitor. Roadsters have rollover bars mounted behind the seats, and coupes have LATCH-style rear seat child-seat anchors. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, along with anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.