The all-new 2016 TT comes as a two-seat, fabric top convertible or as a 2+2 coupe. The latter has a vestigial, limited-use back seat. In the convertible – Audi calls it a roadster – the space is used to stash the top, which is cleverly designed to form its own boot cover when folded. There’s a shallow trunk with eight cubic feet of space.
The cockpit is so well protected that there’s no wind blocker. But the roadster has built-in roll bars and a motorized trunk-mounted spoiler.
Power comes from the ubiquitous 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is widely used across the Audi and parent Volkswagen lines. In this application it is turbocharged and tuned to deliver 200 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which Audi says delivers a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.6 seconds with a top track speed of 130 mph.
The only transmission is a six-speed twin-clutch automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual shifting. Power goes to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.
To enhance the driving experience, the TT offers an array of performance choices. A tip of the shift lever selects either “drive” or “sport” in the automatic mode. In “drive,” the transmission shifts into the next gear at low rpms to enhance fuel economy. In “sport” it holds each gear to higher rpms to maintain power.
In addition, the TT offers four different driving modes, which alter suspension and steering: comfort, dynamic, auto and individual. The last can be programmed to driver preferences.
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