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2020 Audi TTS Overview

In 1998, Audi released its sports coupe, the TT, which used a Volkswagen Group platform shared with the Golf. Ten years later, the TTS graced the roads with its performance presence, featuring a heavily modified version of the original’s 2.0-liter engine, a 6-speed S tronic gearbox, lowered suspension, and quattro all-wheel drive (AWD). Now in its second generation, the TTS lands in 2020 with only a few changes before its expected demise. The TTS competes with the Porsche Cayman and Boxster, Jaguar F-Type, Chevrolet Corvette, BMW 4 Series, and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The biggest news for 2020 is the inclusion of a vehicle immobilizer with a new, motion-sensing anti-theft alarm system, but the very popular Black Optic package has also been updated with new 20-inch Audi Sport wheels wrapped in summer tires. That’s a nice exterior upgrade for an already attractive vehicle that may soon disappear.

After the TTS got a new dual-clutch, 7-speed transmission last year, nearly any news would seem lackluster in 2020. But there’s still a lot to love here—quad exhaust tips, more aggressive styling, a lower stance—but primarily 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque (60 hp and 22 lb-ft more than the standard TT). This means the TTS jumps to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, more than a full second faster than its little brother. Don’t expect much in the efficiency department, but with the kind of power the TTS delivers, its 23 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined estimates are far from disappointing.

Basically a hopped-up version of the standard TT, the TTS is available in a single trim level. The TT RS is considered a separate model thanks to its turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and more significant changes, and it gets reviewed separately. If you decide to pull the trigger on a TTS, you’ll find a long list of standard features that include an adaptive sport suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with sport tires, LEDs front and back, and some luxury by way of keyless entry and ignition, automatic wipers, heated and power-folding mirrors with auto-dim, and parking sensors front and rear.

Slide into the driver’s seat and you’ll see the Audi virtual gauge cluster pulling double duty as a display for the instrumentation and the Audi MMI infotainment system alike, the latter controllable by touchpad or voice control. This sits behind a thick tilt-and-telescoping sport steering wheel with wheel-mounted paddles. The sport seats feature simulated suede, heat, and 8-way power with 4-way lumbar and power side bolsters. Audi Drive Select offers four drive modes to choose from—Dynamic, Comfort, Auto, and Individual—which adjust steering weight, shift points, throttle response, and the suspension. Additional interior features include automatic climate control, LED ambient lighting, a 9-speaker stereo with CD, an SD card reader, two USB ports, and satellite radio. The rear does have folding seatbacks, and while that sounds like not much to brag about, you’ll struggle to get anything other than small children back there, so it’s definitely a welcome feature.

As for options, Audi offers a few packages to help you augment your TTS. The previously mentioned Black Optic package has proven very popular, and with the new 20-inch wheels added this year to complement the high-gloss black exterior trim, that doesn’t seem likely to change. The Technology package loads the TTS up with a navigation system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, an upgraded 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, Audi Connect, and blind-spot monitoring, while the S Sport Seat package upgrades the leather upholstery and adds additional leather trim throughout the cabin. The big option here is the Competition package, getting you unique 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers front and back, a rear spoiler, unique high gloss grille and mirror housings, carbon fiber trim, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom sport steering wheel, upgraded leather seats, and an extended leather package for additional interior leather trim.

Often considered the middle child of the TT family—not as economical as the base TT and not as radical as the TT RS—the TTS is still a worthy member of the family, and it's worth a look before it disappears entirely.

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A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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