2010 Audi TT Review

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2010 Audi TT Overview

The second turbocharged 2.0-liter engine delivers 65 additional horses, albeit at 6,000 rpm. Torque is also delayed a bit here, coming in with 51 extra lb-ft, but at 2,500 rpm in this application. This engine is capable of 0-60 times around 5 seconds, and only suffers a 2-mpg penalty at both ends on the required premium gasoline. Both engines are mated to a six-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox(DSG) that Audi has dubbed the “S tronic.” The DSG is an electronically controlled, dual-clutch, multiple-shaft manual gearbox that does away with a traditional clutch pedal. The resulting setup provides much smoother and quicker shifts in automatic mode, although paddle shifters are provided for the optional “manual” mode.

Trims with the 265-hp 2.0-liter engine are dubbed the TTS, and additionally come with an adjustable magnetic sport suspension that has settings for comfort and performance, upgraded vented brakes, and a sport-tuned exhaust, as well as unique styling. Convertibles have a power-folding top and a wind blocker that actually makes top-down conversation possible, even at speed. Standard features are impressive, with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, 18-inch alloys, and automatic headlights, although several options packages are available. A Premium Plus Package for the base trims adds daytime running lights, heated power front seats, xenon headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. The TTS can also add a Prestige Package that offers a navigation system and Bose stereo, upgraded leather, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and larger 19-inch wheels.

Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and front knee airbags, antilock four-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, an anti-skid system, and traction control, although NHTSA test results have yet to be released.

In all, the TT seems to have cycled back a bit, returning to some of the simplicity that made it so successful initially. While many will argue that the uniqueness of the model has gone away, given its redesign to better match its Audi brethren, and that its growth in recent years betrays its heritage, the TT is still a capable entry in a unique class.

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