2016 white Audi TT

Sporty gets Fun with the 2016 Audi TT

In Audi, Car News, Make, Reviews by Carl Durrek

The 2016 model year is extremely special for the Audi TT.  First of all this marks the beginning of the third generation for the TT and brings in the new “virtual cockpit” which gives the car an entirely digital instrument panel that not only shows what is going on with the car, but also offers information from Google Earth satellite maps.  With three versions to choose from, four-passenger coupe, the two-seater roadster and the TTS coupe this is certainly a car that is made to be fun to drive and should have a “N” in the middle of the “T’s” of its name because it’s certainly a dynamite vehicle.

The TT shows up with standard Quattro AWD to give more grip and performance on the road to be able to handle twists and turns with ease.  Even though the numbers from under the hood may not sound like it should be an active and top performing sports car there is no doubt you get everything this awesome little sports car has to offer.  The dynamic and fully engaged suspension and stiff chassis make this car able to push through turns at speeds without having to slow down much at all.  When you do slow down and drive in traffic, the TT is a pleasure to cruise in as well with a quiet and relaxed cabin.

On the inside, the TT shows up with a cabin that is excellent.  Audi has created some of the best cabins on the market and the virtual cockpit aspect of the TT just adds to that enjoyment.  In all three models the TT is a car that is comfortable for two to ride in, but the rear seat is better left for small children.  Even with that in mind, the TT is not for rear passenger comfort, is a lightweight dynamic driving sports car that is made to have a great time, which it does well.

From the outside you can see the TT is a car that looks amazing.  The low and lean sports car offer sloping and aerodynamic designs to be a car that is highly distinguished on any road.  In roadster form it has a fabric roof that takes ten seconds to open and close at low speeds to allow you the opportunity to have a dramatic entrance or exit to where you have been hanging out.

Powering all models of the TT is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.  For the TT coupe and roadster this engine makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.  In the TTS this engine is tuned up to reach 292 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque.  Even though these aren’t impressive numbers, the TT coupe and roadster can make the run to sixty mph in only 5.3 seconds while the TTS can hit the same mark in only 4.6 seconds; pretty good for a four-cylinder engine.  All three use a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and give good fuel mileage at the rate of 23 city/30 hwy mpg for the TT coupe and roadster while the TTS makes 23 city/27 hwy mpg.

For the equipment inside the TT shows up with a nice list of standard features.  These include the virtual cockpit with digital display, a nine-speaker /155 watt audio system, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, full LED headlights, a leather interior, twelve-way power adjustable heated front seats and a rear parking assistance feature.  The roadster features an electric wind blocker to go along with the power operated top.  The TTS brings in the magnetic ride control, 19-inch wheels and some TTS features for the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

Because this car comes so well equipped already the optional features list is small.  The Technology Package can be added to bring in a navigation system, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi service, side-assist blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, a 12-speaker.680-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, Nappa leather seating, 19-inch wheels and a neck-level heating system on the roadster model.  All of this adds up to a TT that can certainly be your favorite car every, especially when you see the pricing structure.

A car this great from a luxury name might normally demand a price above $50,000 to start, but the TT Coupe starts out at $43,825 with the Roadster showing up at $47,325.  The TTS does break the 50-mark coming in at $52,825 to begin, but for everything you get on any of these models, this is a great price for a sports car that is easy to enjoy and is highly engaging to drive.  The Audi TT certainly offers you a great sports car for the price and has everything you could want to have a great time on the road as you run it through a twisted canyon run or around some great mountain passes.