2019 TT New Car Test Drive
The Audi TT is an uncommonly versatile sports car, to say the least. It can be a coupe or roadster, two- or four-seater, fun toy or small supercar.
For 2019 it's unchanged except for small tweaks to the front and rear end.
The original 1999 Audi TT pioneered a sort of Art Deco styling theme, but the current one is more contemporary. It's handsome, with sharp lines, a wide trapezoidal grille and big wheels.
The base TT is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4, here making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque with standard all-wheel drive. The TTS boosts that engine to 288 hp and 280 lb-ft, which takes nearly a second off the 0-60 mph acceleration; the TT does it in an exciting 5.2 seconds, but the TTS does it in a breathtaking 4.4 seconds. They both use a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
If breathtaking isn't fast enough, there is the TT RS coupe, which drops a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine under the hood. It uses its 400 hp and 354 lb-ft to burst from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Its top speed is nearly 20 mph higher, at 174 mph. Its dual-clutch transmission gets a seventh gear to carry that speed.
The TT is EPA-rated at 23 mpg city, 31 highway, and 26 combined, on regular fuel. The TTS gets just 1 less mpg but demands premium fuel.
The TT hasn't been crash-tested. Blind-spot monitors are optional. Automatic emergency braking isn't available..
The Audi TT comes as a coupe or roadster with a 220-horsepower engine, with standard equipment including automatic climate control, ambient lighting, power features, leather upholstery, heated seats, a digital gauge cluster display, Bluetooth audio and phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and front and rear parking sensors. Options include a navigation and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The TTS coupe or roadster comes with a 288-horsepower engine, and adds Alcantara-trimmed leather seats, magnetic ride suspension, bigger brakes, and 19-inch wheels.
The technology package adds Bang & Olufsen sound with 12 speakers, navigation, blind-spot monitors, and WiFi hotspot capability. The interior package adds Nappa leather seats with diamond stitching and extended leather throughout.
The TT RS coupe, with a price that exceeds $70,000, has the big engine making 400 horsepower, with a suspension that's lower and stiffer with downforce tweaks, and a new all-wheel-drive system; inside, there's Alcantara upholstery. A Dynamic Plus package for another $7,000 adds an even more aggressive suspension, carbon-ceramic front brakes, and a carbon-fiber engine cover. .