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Audi TTS quattro Coupe

The independent definitive Audi TT Coupe video review
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    NEVER TOO MUCH (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Here's the latest on the go-faster version of Audi's third generation TT. Jonathan Crouch reports

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 48

    The Audi TT coupe has often been damned with faint praise as a driver's car but the latest TTS demands respect. With 306bhp going to all four wheels, it gets to 62mph in 4.6 seconds and has an interior that makes a Porsche Cayman look a bit LIDL.

    Backgroundword count: 120

    The Audi TTS quattro was always a bit of a strange sell, a more focused version of the brand's normal 2.0-litre petrol-engined TT. Introduced as a spicier option in the car's second generation, it sat just below the TT RS range-topper and for many buyers much of the time, represented the sweet spot in the model line-up. In fact the TTS always made a really good road car. Yes, it might have seemed a bit under-baked in comparison to an entry-level Porsche Cayman on a track, but there was a flow and suppleness about it on road, coupled with a quite lovely interior that belied its position as the 'one in the middle'. Now it's back in third generation guise.

    Driving Experienceword count: 221

    The much-garlanded 2.0-litre TFSI engine that powers the TTS packs a heavy duty 306bhp, which lifts it into the league of some seriously big hitters. It needed to really, because the all-wheel drive 300bhp Volkswagen Golf R has raised the bar in that department. That car in itself was developed in response to BMW's 296bhp M135i/M235i, so we've got a German arms race going on amongst compact hatches and coupes. This coupe will hit a top speed of 155mph, with 62mph taking 4.6 seconds. The quattro drivetrain has come in for some upgrades to increase driver involvement. By networking quattro drive with Audi drive select, the driver of the Audi TT can adjust the operating parameters of the all-wheel-drive system to one of five modes. In the "auto" setting, optimum traction and balanced driving dynamics are given priority. In "dynamic" mode, torque is distributed to the rear axle earlier and to a higher degree. In the drive select "efficiency" mode, the system can temporarily shut down the quattro set-up if conditions suit this. Audi's magnetic ride adaptive damper control system is standard and has been improved in terms of characteristic spread, control dynamics and precision as well as user friendliness. There's also Audi Progressive Steering fitted as standard and there's a six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.

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