Audi TT Both versions of the Audi TT are fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Both versions of the Audi TT are fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. The short-shift adds £150, while the S tronic costs £1,400. S tronic is an automatic transmission, which used to be known as DSG. The name change hasn’t affected the clever way in which it works. This 6-speed transmission offers the ease of an automatic with the advantages of a manual via a dual-clutch system. Each clutch is responsible for a different set of gears - one does the odd numbers and reverse and the other deals with the even numbered gears. A transmission computer monitors driver input. If it senses that the driver is accelerating with a view to changing gear, the computer instructs the second clutch to engage in readiness. When the gear change is selected, it is smoothly and efficiently completed in 0.2 seconds.
Along with a fully automatic mode, S tronic also offers a sequential change via a push-shift or steering wheel-mounted paddles. And then there’s the ‘S’ for Sport position for later shift points and even shorter shift times. Personally, I think that the S should stand for Supersonic because that is what it feels like.
As I’ve mentioned, there’s a choice of two petrol engines for the TT; the 2.0TFSI and the 3.2 V6. The TFSI is a Fuel Stratified Injection unit with an exhaust-driven turbocharger, which produces 200PS and 280Nm of torque. So good is this powerplant that it won the ‘Engine of the Year’ title in both 2005 and 2006. In this format, the new TT Coupe is stickered at £24,625 while the 3.2 V6 Quattro, test car, has a starting price of £29,285 OTR.
The 3.2 engine has undergone a few tweaks, too. The main change is that the engine has been re-mapped for better throttle responses and it shows. On paper, this unit produces 250PS at 6,300rpm and 320Nm of torque between 2,500 and 3,500rpm, which propels the standard car from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds. Swapping the manual gearbox for the S tronic knocks 0.2 seconds off of the sprint time and both variants have a limited top speed of 155mph.
Opting for the S tronic also improves the fuel consumption figures by around 3mpg in every cycle. The figures for the test car are a reasonable 21.9mpg for the urban cycle, 38.7mpg for the extra-urban and the combined works out as 30.1mpg. CO2 emissions are measured as 224g/km from the twin exhausts. Incidentally, the position of the tailpipes is one of the ways to tell the cars apart. The 3.2 has exhausts mounted either side of the car rather than grouped together on the left hand side and the larger-engined TT has darker tail lights.
I was surprised and impressed at the controlled performance. I don’t mean that it was stifled in any way but in some larger-engined cars it is very difficult to travel at 20mph, which seems to be the favourite speed in my neck of the woods, without feeling that the car is trying to gallop away. In the TT it was easily achievable and just as effortless as getting up to motorway speeds, which is impossible to do without grinning idiotically, especially with the ‘S’ mode engaged.
Audi TT Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Audi TT Coupe 3.2 V6 Quattro|
|Colour||Condor Grey Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||38.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 03/06/07)||£29,285 OTR|