Audi cars can deliver exquisite driving pleasure, and make you a firm believer of one of the most beautiful inventions of mankind, the automobile. You will agree, dear reader, that we need sometimes to be reminded of this under the avalanche of world improving messages we receive lately.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Sliding behind the stylish wheel of the Audi TT roadster make you indeed realise what driving is all about, and always will be. The instrumentation, the styling details of the dashboard layout, it is all a feast to the eye and senses. Your hands find all the knobs and levers in all the right places, your body is well enveloped in the driving seat.
Pushing the starting button will awaken a stunning thoroughbred four, with a well sounding deep throb. Your right hand puts the gear lever of the 6 speed sequential auto box in "D" and with a slight push with your right foot, the TT smoothly starts moving. The S tronic box choses the gears almost imperceptibly, the engine unfolds its massive pulling progressively.
Smooth it is, but you also instantly feel that power is abundant, at any time in any gear, and this truly gives you wings on the road.
To let your precious engine warm up nicely, leave the drive selector in comfort, and enjoy the smooth ride and well mannered power stream.
There is more than enough push is available to master any situation. This is by the way the driving mode which is best suited for everyday driving. Never forget, the slightest push on the throttle will give you all the zest you want.
But of course, a fine sporting experience is never lost on us. And we can assure you, when you push the sport selector on the dash, things truly start to happen.
The gearbox is now super alert, revs go up in any gear, the engine sound swells to a beautiful staccato, a melody you will never tire of, ever. The accelerations are breathtaking, and pump your adrenaline immediately a few levels up. But this is not enough. The ear is feasted to dramatic pops in the twin exhausts every time the box changes gear with split second speed under acceleration. Do this in a tunnel or under a viaduct, with the top down, and you will be even more elated.
...with state of the art handling
When it comes to outright performance, the figures don't lie. 0 to 100 goes in 5,6 seconds, and this roadster hurtles further to a top speed of 250 km.
Economy depends of course on the driving style, and the more or less sporting propulsion mode you chose. The engine is efficient, the car is aerodynamic, the gears ar long, so when you decide to just cruise along and drive with anticipation, flowing along with the traffic, this TT will reward you with a frugality fitting for an A3, Golf or Jetta.
This is just plain physics, and its laws are the same the world over. Driven with restraint, this TT will reward you with a consumption of slightly over 6 litres/100 km, very good for a permanent 4WD. CO2 emissions are 158 g/km.
Of course, this TT invites you to do more, awakening the sporting soul in you. But things never go out of hand, and even driven with verve, consumption stays between 7 and 8 litres most of the time.
What also really stands out is the superb handling and agility. This TT steers into corners with lancet like precision, letting you point the car exactly how and where you want it, taking that ideal line through curves. The car stays stable, with virtually no body roll in any situation, and the way and easiness it accelerates out of tight corners is to be experienced to be believed. Yes, the joy of driving still exists, and this Quattro drive TT delivers it, with tons.
Brakes also deliver, are progressive and stable, and contribute to a marvellous sporting driving experience.
he TT has turned since its last facelift into a true sports car, due to its partially aluminium chassis, its suspension (our test car had the S line sports suspension) and driveline setup, its state of the art thoroughbred engine.
Of course, it is also ideal for everyday touring and pottering about, as the drive mode selector on the dashboard, dubbed “Audi Drive Select”, lets you choose between "auto", "comfort", "efficiency" and last but not least "dynamic." In combination with the GPS plus and MMI Touch, one can even personalize his driving mode!
Audi also stands for progressive electronics and infotainment, and the TT surely made its mark by introducing the first virtual dashboard in the VW group. We were again amazed by all the driver info it unfolds right in front of your eyes, especially impressive when one chooses the Google earth mode for navigation. You see the landscape unfold for your eyes through the windshield, and get simultaneously a stunning bird's eye view of the same colourful scenery on your dashboard between your instruments...
That is of course not all. The music streams through your connected I Phone to the speakers, and our test car sported the Audi Sound System, which comprised not less than 9 speakers and a good 155 Watts of music power from its 5 channel amplifier.
Open air driving was also a pleasure in these fresher September days, with not only heated front seats, but also additional heating for the neck, with warm air streaming through ventilation grilles in the backrests. The intensity of the heating can be set in three positions…
A word of praise is fitting here for the seats. Our test car came with “S” Sport seats with adjustable seat length, and electric lumbar support. They fitted perfectly.
Very tasteful was also the S line equipment, with the S line sports suspension, which was lowered by 10 mm. We also enjoyed of course the leather rimmed sports steering wheel, with 14 multifunctional touches for a comfortable “hands-on” management of all the infotainment, voice control and navigation functions.
Our test car also sported the so-called “light module”, which consisted of stylish ambient lighting in the interior.
Last but not least there were the LED headlights, with beam range extension from 110 km/h.
A true sports car which brings you (back) all the pleasures of driving. All this in a very modern, pure, state of the art high tech package, combining style with quality, superb finish, smoothness, technical perfection and longevity.
The TT is therefore despite all this pure emotion it embodies also a very rational car, which delivers you years, if not decades of undisturbed driving pleasure, and offering you last but not least a high resale value, that is, if you don’t decide to keep it forever, and hand it over to your grand children…
Hans Knol ten Bensel