Audi TT Road Test

Audi TT Coupe

Audi TT Review

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The Audi Magnetic Ride system sees the shock absorber piston oil replaced with a magneto-rheological fluid.

Of course, the legendary Quattro 4WD system helps to keep the car on the right track and firmly glued to the road, particularly when the road is slippery. Under normal conditions, 85 per cent of the torque goes to the front wheels but, if needed, the system can direct 100 per cent to either axle. Quattro technology and excellent suspension inspires a sense of quiet confidence - well, it would be quiet if it wasn’t for the exhaust note that signals your presence.

Along with the extra body-width, the track has also been increased by 44mm at the front and 45mm at the rear, so it sits squat on the road. The Electronic Stability Programme or ESP has been redeveloped to include a brake-drying function, which works by briefly pulsing the pads. The brake system, itself has had a bit of a tweak with front wheel pads that are 15 per cent more frictionally effective.

Traction control comes in the form of EDL - an Electronic Differential Lock and customers wanting the best ride without compromising the driving dynamics of the car, might want to look at the magnetic oil option.

The Audi Magnetic Ride system sees the shock absorber piston oil replaced with a magneto-rheological fluid. This fluid is a hi-tech hydrocarbon oil in which tiny (3-10 microns) magnetic particles are suspended. When the control unit applies a voltage pulse, a magnetic field is created making the particles stand to attention, positioning themselves transversely to the oil flow and restricting its path through the piston channels.

Audi tells us that the resultant effect occurs much quicker than in conventional systems. The system is constantly monitoring the individual wheels in order to provide a smooth ride. Normal is fine for motorway travel and uneven surfaces and pressing the ‘Sport’ button ahead of the gear shift, instigates a much firmer setting along with sharper steering. The result of this £1,150 system is better contact with the road at all times and improved road-holding. Alternatively, TT buyers can opt for the lowered sports suspension priced at £425.

All new TT's have dual-stage front airbags, along with side airbags on the front seats and a whiplash protection function. The steering wheel is designed to collapse by 100mm in the event of a collision and the pedals move away from the driver’s feet should it become necessary.

In its standard form, the new Audi TT offers plenty of driving fun in comfortable and sporty surroundings. However, if that’s not enough and you really must have the latest and best of the available gizmology, be prepared to put your hand deep into your pockets.

3 June 2007 Melanie Carter
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Audi TT Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi TT Coupe 3.2 V6 Quattro
Body TypeCoupe
ColourCondor Grey Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph5.7 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
TransmissionS tronic
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban21.9 mpg
Extra Urban38.7 mpg
Combined30.1 mpg
Insurance Group18
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 03/06/07)£29,285 OTR

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