After debuting in third-generation form as a 2016, Audi's tiny coupe and roadster return for 2017.
As it was with the second-generation, Audi's designers have once again managed to find a way to update the TT's looks without abandoning the things that made the original the style icon it has become. The design is defined by short overhangs, artfully creased sheetmetal and a more angular face that links the TT to other current Audi models, from the little A3 to the latest Q7 crossover.
From a styling point of view, the TT is the most recognizable of the German roadsters; the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 might be better drivers owing to their rear-drive layouts, but the TT is the only one of the group with AWD, which enhances its appeal to drivers looking for a four-season sports car.
Inside, you'll find the beautiful TFT (thin film transistor) "virtual cockpit" gauge display which made its production debut in this car, last year. And check out the functional elegance of the HVAC controls, nestled in the centres of three vents that look like jet engine intakes.
Under the hood is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It doesn't sound like a lot, but this well-known engine has a reputation for feeling stronger than its power ratings suggest. As mentioned, Quattro AWD is standard; the only possible disappointment, from a purity of performance perspective, is that there is no longer a manual transmission option. All TTs come with Audi's S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. On the plus side, this gearbox does take well to manual control, so there is some fun to be had.
Fuel consumption estimates haven't been set for 2017, but the mechanically-identical 2016 model was rated at 10.1/7.8 L/100 km for both coupe and cabrio.
At a base price of $52,400, the TT coupe comes standard with 18-inch wheels and tires, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and interior lighting, nine-speaker stereo with satellite radio and music interface with USB connector, Bluetooth, power driver and passenger seats, 12.3-inch "virtual cockpit" gauge cluster, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, voice control, Audi drive select, aluminum optic interior, heated Nappa leather sport seats with diamond stitching, rear parking sensors, MMI touch with handwriting recognition, leather-trimmed steering wheel, progressive steering and cruise control.
Roadster models are similarly equipped and priced to start at $56,400.
Options on both body styles include an S line sport package that brings 19-inch wheels, anthracite and aluminum interior trim and S line badging, for $1,900. A $2,200 navigation package includes a smartphone interface, DVD playback and speech dialogue system with whole-address entry. The driver comfort package bundles front and rear parking sensors, backup camera, Audi side assist and intelligent keyless entry for $1,400, and LED headlights are a stand-alone extra worth $1,100.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed