Audi TT Coupe Review
The Audi TT was originally shown as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt motor show, interest was so great it quickly moved off the drawing board and onto our roads and when it did, us Brit's fell in love with it. The Audi TT has found its largest market in the UK with around 9,000 TT's making their way to our shores each year, so with a facelift of both the body and the engines being launched in April 2006, Audi surely had the UK TT driver in mind when they designed this latest model of the TT.
The new Audi TT is available in either Coupe or Roadster derivatives. Built on an all new platform with new suspension and new larger alloys (16" to 19" depending on model) the new TT uses Audi's ASF Space Frame design, this is an amalgamation of aluminium-alloy and steel in the body (the second makes up 31 per cent of the structure at the rear of the TT for a balanced weight distribution), add a speed sensitive rear spoiler that extends from the tailgate to improve down force when the TT reaches 75mph and you can understand why the Audi designers say this new model TT is evolutionary not revolutionary.
Two engines and drives will be available on the new Audi TT from launch, a four-cylinder front wheel drive and a V6 all wheel drive Quattro model. Entry level is the front wheel drive 2.0 litre turbo charged in line four cylinder engine, this develops 200 bhp and can propel this TT from 0 - 62 mph in 6.4 seconds, keep going and you'll eventually reach 150 mph. If you need that little bit more oomph, take a look at the 3.2 V6, with 250 bhp and Audi's all wheel drive Quattro system, this variant catapults you from 0 - 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph. Both engines come with a six speed manual gear box as standard or you can opt for the sequential S-tronic dual-clutch (DSG) gearbox.
The new suspension on the TT allows for the option of Audi's magnetic ride damper technology - miniscule magnetic particles are held in suspension inside the shock absorber oil, this enables the damping characteristics to be adjusted millisecond by millisecond by an electronic control system, giving an excellent ride however you are driving the car, by changing to suit driving conditions or the drivers demands.
Standard features on the new Audi TT include automatic air conditioning and a flat-bottomed steering wheel for easier access in and out of the vehicle. The new Audi TT also has a revised audio systems and a Bluetooth interface for mobile phones, adaptive cornering headlights are also an option.
The Audi TT has always had the stance that says I want to GO! and the increased wheelbase and track has done nothing to diminish this impression. The creases that have been added to the bodywork also emphasise this idea.
All new for 2008 is the introduction of a diesel derivative.
Like the looks of the new Audi TT Coupe, why not check out the Mazda MX5, the BMW Z4, the Mazda RX8, the Chrysler Crossfire or the Nissan 350 Z.
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