Audi TT Review (2013)
Firstly, you get a 20PS power increase from 240PS to 360PS and a top speed increase from the governed 155mph to a governed 174mph ...30 December 2013
The sleekly-styled Audi TT has often been described as one of the most iconic models in the German marque’s impressive and extensive line-up and is perceived as the perfect small two-door sports car with a model to suit almost all tastes and budgets.
With prices starting from £24,630, there are coupe or roadster models, a wide choice of engines and transmissions, along with a whole host of options and packs to help personalise the car.
There’s no denying the fact that since its introduction in 1998, the Audi TT has been turning heads. It may have a compact design, but it packs a mighty punch with some models boasting sprint times that are comparable to a supercar.
Approach from any angle and the TT looks outstanding thanks to its flowing aerodynamics which also aid fuel efficiency and help to reduce carbon emissions.
The TT range-topper is the RS Plus Coupe 2.5 TFSI Quattro S tronic. The clue is in the word ‘Plus’ which adds a £3,085 premium over the equivalent coupe model and introduces a number of additions.
Firstly, you get a 20PS power increase from 240PS to 360PS and a top speed increase from the governed 155mph to a governed 174mph.
In addition, there are also a number of equipment upgrades. The 18-inch wheels are replaced by 19-inch titanium finish alloys, there is a carbon design package for the engine bay, carbon door mirror housings, a single frame radiator grille with diamond-pattern mesh in highly polished anthracite and a sports exhaust with black oval tailpipes.
Once inside the driver-focused cockpit, the attention to detail is apparent at every turn with TT RS embossed black silk Nappa leather upholstery, a leather flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, a leather instrument hood, metal pedals and plenty more besides.
The Plus model has a number of extras included such as the TT RS logo on the gear knob and steering wheel, a satellite navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and the Audi Music Interface iPod connection.
It was this model with its £50k-plus price-tag that we tested on a road route containing plenty of sharp bends – a challenge the TT generally thrives upon.
The test car was powered by a 2.5 TFSI petrol-driven engine delivering 360PS and 465Nm of torque. The FSI direct-injection technology is a unique Audi innovation pioneered for the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race to deliver additional power and torque whilst maximising fuel efficiency.
According to Audi figures the car can achieve 33.2mpg on a combined run with 197g/km of carbon emissions.
But the most attractive stats are the 0-62mph sprint time of just 4.1 seconds and top speed that is limited to 174mph.
The S tronic dual clutch transmission – which replaced the R tronic – works like two separate systems. The first part engages the odd gears and the other section engages the even ones. This means when you are driving along in third gear, it has the fourth gear waiting for you. The outcome is crisp, sharp gear changes with uninterrupted power along the way.
And if you fancy taking control yourself, there are steering wheel-mounted paddles.