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A car of many talents, although entertainment isn't one of them

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Audi TT
The Audi TT is a car that’s genuinely fun to drive and accessible to all

The Audi TT remains a design icon, and is now a car that’s genuinely fun to drive no matter what engine or trim you choose

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What is it?

The replacement for the latest victim of Audi’s engine downsizing program. You may recently have read that the petrol-powered Q7 V8 is no more, replaced by a supercharged V6 model. Now, we’re driving the ‘downsized’ replacement for the Audi TT V6: it’s the new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSI.

Using the VW Group’s ‘EA888’ turbocharged petrol engine as a basis, Audi has added an intelligent alternator, some low-friction internals, a new water jacket and a varible valvelift system on the exhaust camshaft. Resulting is 208bhp, but a rather more spectacular 258lb ft of torque available all the way from 1600- to 4200rpm.

There are some other revisions to the car too – new interior trim options, chrome-ringed fog lamps, updated head- and taillights – the usual facelift fayre.

What’s it like?

That extra torque has a more pronounced effect on the TT’s performance than you may think. According to the official figures, it makes a new 2.0-litre TT with a manual gearbox half a second quicker to 62mph than the last one.

But when you dive into this car’s performance reserves on real roads, you’ll swear the difference is bigger. This car accelerates with real urgency; enough to run with a Porsche Cayman or Nissan 370Z in a straight line, no question.

Despite a few other tweaks, however – a stiffer ‘Sport’ setting for the magnetorhelogical dampers, less power assistance for the steering and a rortier exhaust note – the TT remains an odd, remote and unengaging kind of sports car.

It’s agile enough up to a point, but as the driver, you seem a long way from both the front-mounted engine and the front wheels, and powerless to interact with the car on any deeper or more entertaining level. The Quattro drivetrain remains a bit of a disappointment too, taking too long to shuffle power rearwards, and clashing with the car’s ESP and ASR systems when it should be working in tandem with them.

Still, as an ownership proposition, few of its rivals can measure up to the TT. Cabin ambience, material quality and levels of fit and finish are excellent, the driving position likewise.

In ‘Normal’ mode, those adjustable dampers provide a handling and ride compromise that’s a little more compliant than before, and perfect for covering distance. 40mpg is possible on long runs, according to the official economy claim.

There’s lots of room in the boot, particularly if you fold the rear seatbacks down. And because it’s a TT, you can bank on better-than-class-average residuals.

Should I buy one?

If you’re a true enthusiast driver, probably not. Despite that excellent new engine, this TT represents the same old prospect: the same triumph of style over substance, of surface shimmer over sporting integrity.

It’s a car that has many merits, and will doubtless appeal to those who recognise the TT’s status as design icon and status symbol. But if you want real entertainment for your £30k, shop elsewhere.

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17 May 2010

sounds like you should ask audi to use its latest updated quattro sytem for this model.

" Asymmetric/dynamic torque distribution, with a rear-biased split, allows the exceptional driving forces produced by powerful engines to reach the road even more efficiently. It reacts to conditions on the road more responsively. And with more agility on tight bends, it delivers a more exhilarating performance than ever."

I'm not sure if it works on transverse engines though like in the TT.

17 May 2010

I want to know how Audi has got 50lbft torque or 70Nm more out of the same engine that the Golf GTi use's and matched the170 TDi for torque?

I think maybe the press release is wrong and it is actually 208lbt not 258lbft torque seeing as th Golf GTi is 206lbft/280Nm!!

17 May 2010

[quote Autocar]magnetorhelogical dampers[/quote]

magneto-rheological. 'rheo' - flow, fluid...

17 May 2010

[quote JezyG]I think maybe the press release is wrong and it is actually 208lbt not 258lbft torque seeing as th Golf GTi is 206lbft/280Nm!![/quote]

No, you are wrong.

'Das 2.0 TFSI-Aggregat wurde speziell fu¨r die Anforderungen des TT weiterentwickelt. Um die 155 kW (211 PS) Leistung zu erzeugen, wurden unter anderem der Kurbeltrieb, der Zylinderkopf und die Einlassventile modifiziert. Das neue Audi valvelift system, eine verbesserte Luftansaugung und Abgasanlage sowie ein leistungsverbesserter Turbolader lassen den TT das volle Potenzial der TFSI®-Technologie erschließen.

Der drehfreudige Vierzylinder verfu¨gt u¨ber hohe Leistungsreserven, die er dynamisch und gleichzeitig harmonisch u¨ber den gesamten Drehzahlbereich abruft. Durch die Turboaufladung entsteht ein beeindruckendes Drehmoment von 350 Nm u¨ber einen breiten Drehzahlbereich von 1.600 bis 4.200 min-1.

So viel zur Theorie. In der Praxis beschleunigen Sie mit der optionalen S tronic im TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI in nur 6,0 Sekunden von 0 auf 100 km/h – und weiter bis zur Höchstgeschwindigkeit von bis zu 245 km/h.' http://www.audi.de/de/brand/de/neuwagen/tt/tt_coupe/motoren/tfsi_.html

- it's basically the Audi Valvelift System, better breathing through improved induction system and exhaust system and improved turbocharger, er, basically a good motor company doing what it does, better motors.

As to Mr Saunder's diabolically dismissive writing off of this car a quick glance elsewhere shows once again how biased most of Autocar's journalists are, with one or two exceptions.

'the upgraded 2011 TT is easily one of the best value propositions in the segment, and finally achieves what Audi set out to accomplish when the TT was introduced in 1998. It's finally a proper entry-level luxury sports car, balancing style, substance and speed into one of the most attractive two-doors ever to hail from Deutschland.'' http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/14/2011-audi-tt-first-drive/

How can it be that two write ups of a car can be so far apart? Given Autocar's track record I think we can guess the answer.

17 May 2010

somehow 12 years on i still don't know why people buy these cars. I mean why would anyone want a coupe/roadster with a hot hatch drivetrain?

This isn't megane coupe or scirocco which are clearly derived from hatchbacks this is a sports car aiming to rival proper roadsters like the Z4 and the slk and genuine sorts cars like the cayman and the 370z i don't how a heavily disguised golf gti or scoda octavia... can cut it with such opposition. We are talking about car enthusiasts buying these cars aren't they put off by its hmble and common underpinnings?


17 May 2010

[quote PHILBY]i don't how a heavily disguised golf gti or scoda octavia... can cut it with such opposition. We are talking about car enthusiasts buying these cars aren't they put off by its hmble and common underpinnings?[/quote]

oh dear, another 'it's only a Golf in drag' peddler. What's the matter, Autocar's kicking not sufficient? Feel the need to put the boot in as well?

To show what residual credibilty this write up has the stats quotes at the end are away to c ock. The figures quoted are for the front wheel drive 6 speed maunal version of the 2.0 TFSI. The 2.0 TFSI quattro s-tronic - the car tested here - does 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds, not the 6.1s quoted and does 39 mpg(169g CO2/km).

17 May 2010

[quote nicksheele]

[quote JezyG]I think maybe the press release is wrong and it is actually 208lbt not 258lbft torque seeing as th Golf GTi is 206lbft/280Nm!![/quote]

No, you are wrong.

'Das 2.0 TFSI-Aggregat wurde speziell fu¨r die Anforderungen des TT weiterentwickelt. Um die 155 kW (211 PS) Leistung zu erzeugen, wurden unter anderem der Kurbeltrieb, der Zylinderkopf und die Einlassventile modifiziert. Das neue Audi valvelift system, eine verbesserte Luftansaugung und Abgasanlage sowie ein leistungsverbesserter Turbolader lassen den TT das volle Potenzial der TFSI®-Technologie erschließen.

Der drehfreudige Vierzylinder verfu¨gt u¨ber hohe Leistungsreserven, die er dynamisch und gleichzeitig harmonisch u¨ber den gesamten Drehzahlbereich abruft. Durch die Turboaufladung entsteht ein beeindruckendes Drehmoment von 350 Nm u¨ber einen breiten Drehzahlbereich von 1.600 bis 4.200 min-1.

[/quote]

Ok you are an Audi fanboy....... But I still say that is a hell of a leap in torque terms for an updated TFSI EA888 has the same torque as the TTS unless that is getting an update to? Hence my amazment at the amount of torque now on offer. Only right to question it and I wonder if the same mods will be applied to the Golf GTi EA888 lump??????

17 May 2010

[quote Autocar]we’re driving the ‘downsized’ replacement for the Audi TT V6: it’s the new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSI.[/quote]

Surely this is the replacement for the outgoing EA113-engined 200PS 2.0 TFSI TT rather than the 250PS 3.2 V6??


17 May 2010

[quote JezyG]Ok you are an Audi fanboy....... But I still say that is a hell of a leap in torque terms for an updated TFSI EA888 has the same torque as the TTS unless that is getting an update to? Hence my amazment at the amount of torque now on offer. Only right to question it and I wonder if the same mods will be applied to the Golf GTi EA888 lump??????[/quote]

the torque spread in the TT 2.0 TFSI is wider than the TTS's, coming in at 1,600 rpm compared to 2,500 rpm. It's simply Audi moving on, evolving its products.

As to the Golf, I know it's hard for many to grasp but Audi AG is a separate company to VW AG. Yes, they both work with VW Group but to allow Audi to flourish it must have real substance of difference to its parent owner. Audi has its own substantial engineering body at Ingolstadt.

17 May 2010

[quote bomb]

[quote Autocar]we’re driving the ‘downsized’ replacement for the Audi TT V6: it’s the new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSI.[/quote]

Surely this is the replacement for the outgoing EA113-engined 200PS 2.0 TFSI TT rather than the 250PS 3.2 V6??

[/quote]

no, it replaces both.

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