The second-generation Audi TT coupe updates the Bauhaus-inspired look of the original while also providing more focused handling. Also available in convertible form as the TT Roadster, the TT isn't so much an all-out sports car as a stylish coupe that can also provide a bit of fun out on the back roads.
For the latest model year, the TT gains an optional S-Line Competition package that includes a number of visual changes inspired by the TTS and TT RS models as well a few handling-focused upgrades.
One of the most noticeable changes is the addition of Audi's new corporate face that utilizes aggressive headlights coupled with a large grille. Despite this, the TT maintains its predecessor's overall proportions and design language.
Inside, the TT upholds Audi's reputation for finely crafted cabins with a simple yet elegant dashboard and high-quality materials throughout.
The TT was once available with a choice of a four- or a six-cylinder engine, but now the model has been simplified to come with just a 2.0 TFSI engine that is rated at 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (the six-speed manual is no longer available) and quattro all-wheel drive, the TT coupe can sprint from a stop to 60 in 5.3 seconds.
Fuel economy is rated at 22 city and 31 highway miles per gallon.
The high-tech Audi magnetic ride damper system is available as an option. In this system, tiny magnetic particles circulate in the oil inside the shock absorbers. When a voltage is applied to them, they alter the damping characteristics within milliseconds.
This adaptive system simultaneously ensures high levels of ride comfort and thoroughly sporty dynamism, according to the specific driving scenario and the preferences of the driver.
Trim Level Breakdown
Audi offers the TT in two trim levels: 2.0T Premium Plus and 2.0T Prestige.
The 2.0T Premium Plus comes standard with power-adjustable leather/alcantara sports seats, a 140-watt sound system with Sirius XM radio, single-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 2.0T adds to or upgrades those features with heated Nappa leather sports seats, a 12-speaker, 255-watt Bose sound system, a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a six-disc CD changer and an ultrasonic rear parking assist system.
S-Line Competition Package
Those looking to add a bit of show and go to their TT can now opt for the newly available S-Line Competion Package.
Spicing up the exterior are a number of modifications, including a lower fascia modeled after the TTS, more aggressive side sills and unique tailpipes set in an imitation rear diffuser. Black trim adorns the front splitter, grille frame, rear diffuser, tailpipe finishers, and side-mirror caps, and the stygian theme continues with matte black finishes on the grille insert, lower grille and license-plate holder.
The package adds S-line Sport suspension that sits 10 millimeters lower than the standard model, while new 19-inch, five-spoke "Rotor" wheels and a rear wing cribbed from the TT RS (both rendered in black) are also part of the package. Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights provide a counterpoint to copious amounts of dark trim.
Inside, the standard tiller is swapped out for a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped unit, with other interior changes including nappa leather-wrapped S-line Sport seats, S-line doorsill trim, and imitation brushed aluminum trim.
Every TT model is outfitted with dual front, side and knee airbags along with traction and stability control systems and electronic brake-pressure distribution.
While there are many other two-door models available at the same price as the TT Coupe, the Audi is something of a unique proposition as a luxurious, style-conscious 2+2 without overt sporting pretensions. The Ford Mustang GT provides far higher levels of power and handling but can't match the TT's interior sophistication, while the Infiniti G37 the slightly ungainly-looking BMW 1-Series are closer matches but are still more athletic.