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December 18 , 2015 /

Audi TT

NEW_for_2016_3Overall: The now familiar soap-dish silhouette evokes mostly lust and passion among fans of the German-engineered coupe and roadster; with each successive generation, the TT is more of a sports car.

Drivetrain: VW-Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 220 horsepower in the TT and 292 in the TTS; a six-speed automated manual and all-wheel-drive are common to both.

Some critics might quibble that the TT really hasn’t changed much over the years and you’ll get no argument from Audi on that point. Still, cloaked with new sheetmetal, the TT duo has never looked sharper. Other than a reshaped hexagonal grille and angular headlights, the exterior changes are very subtle. Inside, the flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel is back and the display screen has melded with the gauges into a feature called the Multi Media Interface (MMI). Located between the scalable (adjustable for size) tachometer and speedometer, the 12.3-inch-wide MMI screen can display communication, infotainment and other data such as a trip computer, fuel status and outside temperature, etc. Pushing the start button brings to life Audi’s familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that now generates 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (the 2015 version made 211/258). The output of the returning TTS has risen to 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque from 265/258. A six-speed paddle-shift automated manual is the sole transmission. It parcels out engine torque through Audi’s permanently engaged all-wheel-drive Quattro system that also comes standard. Audi’s test results give the TT a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. The TT is no slouch in the standard content department. All come with dual-zone climate control, keyless start, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch performance summer tires and a nine-speaker audio system. Along with the navigation system, a quartet of packages includes more heavily bolstered sport seats, premium leather seat coverings, rearview camera and a premium Bang & Olufsen-brand sound package.

Base Price (include. destination): $43,800 (coupe); $46,400 (roadster)

Type: Two-door coupe/roadster

Base engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (220)

Optional engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (292)

Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive

Transmission: Six-speed automated manual

MPG (city/highway): 18/25 (base 2.0)

Weight (lb): 3,300

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