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Friday, December 14, 2007

Audi TT: Offering handling and power

We found a very nice review of the Audi TT from Canada where the author says the Audi TT provides handling and power.
Enter the 2008 edition. It is a stunner, simply because it has the right proportions -- it's 137 millimetres longer and 78 mm wider without being any taller.

Throw in an elongated hood, a very fast roofline and a short deck that's unencumbered by the usual spoiler until it is actually needed and you have a look that's guaranteed to stir the most staid automotive observer.

Crank the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine to life and the discreet rumble heard at idle builds to a spine-tingling crescendo as you accelerate.

The combination of direct injection and turbocharging brings a car that has a ton of power over a broad range -- the 200 horsepower is good; the 207 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm is great. When fired to the road through the best gearbox offered (Audi's S-tronic clutch pedal-less manual), the TT Coupe comes alive.

Acceleration numbers tell part of the TT's real story. It takes 6.6 seconds to go from rest to 100 kilometres an hour and it turns the 80-to-120-km/h trick in 5.1 seconds. However, there are two other important reasons for the performance.

First, the S-tronic gearbox switches gears in 0.2 seconds without interrupting the flow of power. The underlying beauty is that S-tronic combines the mechanical efficiency of a manual gearbox with an automatic's ease of operation.

Left to its own devices, it upshifts at the earliest time to promote fuel efficiency. Selecting the sport mode holds each gear a little longer, which emphasizes the car's true performance.

The manual side can be activated in either mode via the gear shifter or by steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It also rev matches on downshifts, so the driver can set the car up for a fast corner without having to lean on the brakes.

The second reason is the TT's spaceframe construction, which shaves off a lot of needless mass.

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Source: Canada.com, picture by Audi


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