2014 Audi TTS Coupe

The TTS builds on Audi's stylish TT by increasing output to 265 horsepower, incorporating a standard adaptive suspension and adding more aggressive sheetmetal. The changes don't quite transform the coupe into a sports car, although it should prove appealing for those in search of a quick two-door with a well-appointed cabin and plenty of flair.

Audi also offers the TTS in Roadster form.

Recent Changes
For the latest model year, Audi has eliminated the TTS' multi-tier trim level system and now offers the coupe as a single model with available options. A Bose premium audio system, heated front seats and interior LED lighting are all newly standard.

Some cars are defined by their engines, others by the way they attack curves - in the TTS' case, styling is its raison d'etre. Using the progressive, modern ethos of Germany's Bauhaus art movement as a starting point, Audi's designers created a coupe that, like the original TT, incorporates arches and flowing elements to create a unique, timeless form.

Inside, the TTS upholds Audi's reputation for finely crafted cabins with a simple yet elegant dashboard and high-quality materials throughout. There's plenty of room up front, but the rear seats are occasional use units best suited for the short of limb.

The TT is beginning to fall slightly behind the times in terms of technology, doing without Audi's nifty connect suite and its in-car WiFi, Google Earth nav system and real-time localized weather, news and live fuel prices.

With 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space, the TTS is better-suited to cargo hauling than most other coupes. Additionally, its hatchback makes it easy to load bulkier items, and folding down the rear seats increases stowage space to 24.7 cubes. All in all, the TTS is more practical than one might expect.

Power comes from a tuned version of VW Group's venerable turbocharged and direct injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The motor good for 265 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque - compared with the standard TT, that's 45 additional ponies but the exact same level of torque.

The exclusive dancing partners of the powerplant include Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The setup is capable of completing the benchmark sprint in just 4.9 seconds.

Fuel economy is rated at 22 city and 31 highway miles per gallon.

The high-tech Audi magnetic ride damper system is fitted as standard. In this system, tiny magnetic particles circulate in the oil inside the shock absorbers. When voltage is applied to them, they alter the damping characteristics within milliseconds.

This adaptive system promises enhanced levels of ride comfort and handling, although it doesn't quite turn the TTS into a genuine performance machine.

Standard and Optional Features
The TTS comes standard with heated and power-adjustable leather/alcantara sports seats, a 12-speaker, 255-watt AM/FM/CD/Sirius XM Bose sound system with AUX and USB inputs, 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, LED interior lighting and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Options include heated Nappa leather sports seats,, a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a six-disc CD changer and an ultrasonic rear parking assist system.

The carbon package brings a front splitter and rear diffuser.

The Black Optic package includes stygian exterior trim and 19-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels in Titanium finish.

Occupant Safety
Every TTS model is outfitted with dual front, side and knee airbags along with traction and stability control systems and electronic brake-pressure distribution.

Key Competitors
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, handling and value but can't match the TT's interior sophistication, while the Infiniti G37 and the slightly ungainly-looking BMW 1-Series are closer matches but are still more athletic.