A decade after Audi’s first bubble-shaped TT sports car came the second-generation TT, a bit larger in every dimension except height. It offered better performance, more functionality and (to our eyes) a more appealing look with more detail and visual character.
The detail and character of Audi’s second-generation TT begins with the Audi-icon “single-frame” grille bookended by large, low air inlets. The TTS model’s headlamps incorporate another signature Audi styling touch: strings of pinpoint LED daytime running lights. A total of 24 pay homage to Audi’s adventures (and wins) in the annual Le Mans 24 Hour endurance races. Bold fender flares and short overhangs front and rear contribute to a strong, balanced stance, and TT roadsters flaunt beautifully integrated roll bars with aluminum inlays.
The TT’s driver-oriented cockpit begins with large, easy-to-read gauges behind a lightweight magnesium tri-spoke, flat-bottom, multifunction steering wheel wrapped in fine-grain leather, while the well-bolstered front seats are covered in the same quality hides. The 2+2 coupe offers 50/50 folding rear seats with room for two golf bags (or seating for pets or small kids), and the roadster has a load-through port with a ski bag.
Audi’s TTs come in four flavors for 2010: TT Coupe and Roadster, and TTS Coupe and Roadster. The roadster’s three-layer softtop has a lightweight aluminum/steel frame and a large glass rear window. You can retract it in 12 seconds and re-erect it at to 30 mph without having to stop.
TTS models add more luxury and features and a bunch more power, plus Audi magnetic ride—an advanced suspension system (with “Normal” and “Sport” modes) that constantly adjusts damper characteristics to driving needs. They also have more aluminum in their frames, bodies and front suspensions to reduce weight and improve front-to-rear balance.
Both the standard TT and even hotter TTS are motivated by fuel-frugal direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines that power all four wheels through Audi’s proven quattro all-wheel drive. Their slick six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission shifts like an automatic, or you can control it manually through the shifter or steering wheel paddles when so inspired.
The 200-horse TT coupe can scoot from rest to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, the slightly heavier roadster in 6.2 seconds, while the TTS model’s 265-hp version of the same TFSI four makes them the fastest TT models yet. The TTS coupe can rocket to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, the roadster in 5.1—yet both are rated at a frugal 21 city/29 highway/24 combined mpg. Read the full test drive review here.
—By Gary Witzenburg, contributing editor, autoMedia.com
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