Auto review by Veeno Dewan
“The new 2017 TT coupe has defined, razor cut silhouette and from the front, its aggressive new LED headlights and larger air intakes give it the look of an Audi R8.”
“On the road, the TTS is superbly entertaining to dive with the intoxicating bark and growl from the turbocharged four-cylinder and great feel and solidity from the lightweight chassis and highly tuned suspension setup.”
By Veeno Dewan
The Audi TT has always been one of my favorite cars – great-looking, compact, performance orientated, available in coupe or convertible and simply beautifully put together with an interior to die for. The first generation was a curvy, bulbous, slightly cheeky car that drew admiration everywhere, while subsequent generations became edgier and sharper looking, which brings us the latest 2017 third generation model.
The new 2017 TT coupe has defined, razor cut silhouette, and from the front, its aggressive new LED headlights and larger air intakes give it the look of an Audi R8. It is sleek, tightly styled rendering, and the side profile draws back to an edgy-looking rear, once again with some R8 styling cues. The interior has also undergone a breathtaking transformation, especially in the instrumentation. There is now a “virtual cockpit” option that enables the GPS map, stereo functions, infotainment and other messages and alerts to virtually “wrap” around and replace the digital dials. It looks amazing as different information modes digitally resize and move the speedometer, tachometer, and map area with ultra – high clarity displays. The 2017 Audi arrives in either two- door coupe or roadster model, with as standard all-wheel drive and a choice of 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base TT provides 230 horsepower via a very fast S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters often. The high-performance TTS model offers 310 horsepower and a few added refinements to give it the edge in performance.
Our tester was the Audi TTS version in a Sepang Blue pearl paint with a base price of $61,900. But wait – $7,190 in options including 20 inch Y-spoke wheels, Navigation package, bigger red brakes calipers, Driver comfort package, pneumatics side bolster for the seats, Audi Lane Assist and Bang and Olufsen sound system boosted the final tally along to a heady $69,090. Not cheap! And that’s without delivery. Still, it’s an Audi, and you do get what you pay for! Then again when has an Audi ever been inexpensive? The TTS rides 10 mm lower for tighter handling, and its 2.0-litre four cylinder engine has been tuned for a very nice 310 horsepower and 280 lb. ft. of torque. The Audi TTS sports the large 101inch performance tires; silver painted rearview mirror housings, and four exhaust pipes instead of two in the base TT.
Back to the interior. Audis have been renowned for stylish, severe, slightly restrained, but beautifully finished interiors and the 2017 is notable as well. The first impression is it’s a little stark until you start noticing the details. From the wing-inspired dashboard and its super-cool jet turbine-HVAC outlets that cleverly incorporate climate control buttons to the aforementioned Virtual Cockpit, which replaces a traditional instrument cluster with a high-resolution 12.3-inch screen. The seats are also beautiful, comfortable pieces of sculpture, with a subtle detailing and plenty of support. Everything is perfect regarding ergonomics. The grippy steering wheel feels perfect, and Audi’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) has been redesigned for better intuitively. The whole cabin is solidly put together with a feel and ambiance so particular to the Audi brand.
On the road, the TTS is superbly entertaining to dive with the intoxicating bark and growl from the turbocharged four-cylinder and great feel and solidity from the lightweight chassis and highly tuned suspension setup. The throttle is wonderfully responsive, and the Audi drive select system enables drivers to preselect different driving modes for comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, and individually programmed just by pushing a button. The Audi drive select system then adjusts parameters such as throttle response and shift timing and also calculates steering effort to divide All Wheel Drives power to different wheels. The result? Leech-like grip and great handling and pin sharp steering. The Audi TTS comes across as fast, light, and very agile handling car. Not a lot to complain. The TTS is pricey but well worth money for those in the know.
2017 Audi TTS: base priced from $61,900. Price as tested with options $69,090.