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2008 Audi TT
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Mini-Compact
23 mpg city / 31 mpg hwy
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November 3, 2009 by Brian Alexander, Content Editor

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2008 Audi TT

DriverSide Overview
Exposing a driver to the elements has a certain way of turning the simple act of driving into an engrossing experience. The wind howling in your ears, the turbo audibly pumping compressed air into the engine, the sound of the tires clattering over imperfections in the road, all of these things come alive from behind the wheel of the 2008 Audi TT Roadster. Audi’s redesign of its iconic roadster has only been on sale for around a year now, but with the proverbial taste of the original TT still fresh in our automotive mouths, comparisons to the old model still prove difficult to avoid. While the old front-wheel drive model harbored a tendency to falter when pushed hard, Audi has managed to pick up the pieces and bolt together an entirely new car that delivers a rewarding drive whether in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. The end result is a TT roadster that is as fun to drive as it is to look at.





What's to Like
The TT’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers ample power and plenty of torque. A 12-second soft-top roof deployment means you can activate it in traffic without fear of a stoplight changing green mid-transition.

What's Not to Like
The high base model price and expensive options make the TT a costly proposition. Road noise at freeway speeds can be rather intrusive.

The Drive:
DriverSide Driving Impressions

Unlike the old 1.8T model, which felt slightly sluggish, the new TT roadster is properly fast thanks to a welcome hike in power. Unlike some turbocharged front-drivers, Audi has decided to run manageable amounts of power and torque through the forward wheels and as a result, the TT suffers minimal torque steer and wheelspin, thanks in part to a clever traction control system. Switching the system off will have you tearing away from stoplights with a momentary harsh screech, after which the TT hooks up and makes rapid progress through the gears, sounding off each upshift (which can be paddle activated, if you so choose) with a pleasing turbocharged bark out of the raspy exhaust. The steering is quite light, but doesn’t lack on feedback; and understeer can be quelled by leaving the traction control on, but if you opt to run with it disabled you’d be advised to be somewhat judicious with the deployment of your right foot mid-corner. Equipped with optional Audi Magnetic Ride Suspension, our car competently carved its way through any back roads thrown at it, its brakes easily coping with the TT’s low mass and the engine’s turbocharged torque pulling it out of the corners with little difficulty.

Engine and Drivetrain
The TT’s power plant is familiar to anyone well versed in Volkswagen products, as it’s the same 2.0-liter turbocharged FSI direct injection unit found in the Audi A3 and A4, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen GTI, among others. As in its other Volkswagen Group applications, the 2.0-liter produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The front wheels are driven by Audi’s S tronic dual clutch transmission, which shifts through the gears with amazing speed. A 3.2-liter V-6 model with all-wheel drive is also available, and gives buyers a choice between either an S tronic auto or a conventional six-speed, three-pedal setup.

Interesting Vehicle Features and Options
Optioning out a TT can get expensive quickly, but the box most will want to tick is that which reads “Premium Package,” which adds a power folding top, Homelink integrated garage opener, a multifunction sport steering wheel, 10-way power sport heated seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an in-dash six-disc CD changer, though the upgrade does weigh in at a hefty $3,050. If you’d like to add a sense of aggression to your TT, an Audi S Line Sports Pack is available which adds massive 19-inch wheels, an S Line steering wheel, black S Line sports seats and, of course, the requisite smattering of S Line badges.

Key Technology Evaluation
Tech geeks will be hard-pressed to avoid adding Audi’s Navigation Plus system and Magnetic Ride Suspension system. The navigation system is operated via Audi’s Multi-Media Interface setup (MMI), which uses a wheel and click interface similar to BMW’s iDrive, only comes across as infinitely more intuitive and focuses on minimal driver distraction. Audi’s Magnetic Ride Suspension dynamically adjusts the stiffness of the shocks through use of a clever magnetic fluid, which changes its density – and thus the stiffness of the shocks – when an electrical charge is sent through it. If it sounds impressive, just wait until you try it. As mentioned, the automatic roof can deploy in an incredibly brief 12 seconds at road speeds up to 20 miles per hour.

Green Evaluation/Gas Mileage
The low displacement of the TT’s engine yields solid fuel economy, even if the turbo does make it a bit more fuel hungry than the average 2.0-liter. It returns 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, achieving a ULEV-2 rating.

A Closer Look:  Vehicle Details
Interior

Even with the top up, the interior of the TT doesn’t feel cramped, and tall drivers will find plenty of legroom. The dash is dominated by a digital screen, which aside from displaying the navigation map, uses the MMI interface to control the stereo and various car settings.

Exterior
The TT’s front-end is dominated by its large front grille and large headlight lenses which sweep into the slightly flared front fenders. Being a roadster, it’s especially attractive with the top down, and the rear’s twin tailpipe setup gives the TT a sense of aggression lacking from its competition.

Market Segment and Pricing
With a starting MSRP of $36,800, the TT goes straight up against the six-cylinder BMW Z4 3.0i and Nissan 350Z roadster, and is undercut by BMW’s new 128i convertible. Audi’s position in the segment is further hampered by its expensive options, which can easily see even the base 2.0T’s price near $50,000, an ailment also shared by both the BMW roadsters.

What We Think
When the TT made its debut a decade ago, it brought with it an aura of character and design that proved difficult for any other car to match, though unfortunately the front-wheel drive model’s dynamics left something to be desired. Amazingly, Audi has managed to retain the originality of the outgoing model’s design and infused it with dynamics to match. In short, the tortoise has become the hare.





Other Resources

TTRS: Even hotter version of Audi TT coupe on the way – The TTRS is already under test for launch in calendar year 2009. Source: www.motortrend.com

Tuners: 2008 HPA Audi TT – The buildup of this machine started in Germany before being shipped to HPA Motorsports where the tuner completely rebuilt the 2008 Audi TT from the ground up. Source: www.motortrend.com

Audi TTS Coupe driven – The new Audi TTS is the fastest and sportiest version of the iconic TT. Finally, the TT gets the performance to complement the style. Power comes from a hotter version of the TT’s existing 2.0-litre turbo engine and the price... Source: www.carmagazine.co.uk

2008 Audi TT Coupe 3.2 Quattro: – OUR TAKE: The first-generation TT made an immediate fashion statement. A decade on, it gets a crisp new suit, sure, but it lacks the sizzle of the original. Source: www.autoweek.com

Officially Official (almost): Audi TT clubsport quattro – Filed under: Concept Cars, Convertibles, Sports/GTs, Euro, Audi, Misc. Auto ShowsClick above for a high-res gallery of the TT clubsport quattroLast year at the Wörthersee tour, VW and Audi threw red meat to the fans in the form of the Audi TT Cl Source: feeds.autoblog.com

Say Hello to the Audi TT clubsport quattro... Officially – Over the past week, we've been reporting a lot on speculation about the Audi TT clubsport quattro. But Audi helped us all out this morning by officially releasing its roadster to the masses. We've all seen what the exterior looks like by now, but und Source: www.motivemag.com

Audi TTS - First Look – Audi TTS - First LookThe TTS uses an upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to produce 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission won't be making the trip Stateside, but it's OK because we'll be wholly satisfied with a six-spee Source: www.europeancarweb.com

Audi TT RS – Work is under way to develop the hottest ever version of Ingolstadt's sports coupe, likely to be badged RS Source: www.evo.co.uk

Audi TT Clubsport, Problems in Formula One Land, & the LF-A Takes On Ferrari - 05/22/2008 – Audi TT Clubsport, Problems in Formula One Land, & the LF-A Takes On Ferrari. Hosted by Alex Gizela. Visit http://feed.fastlanedaily.com and vote for what you want in the show! Source: www.fastlanedaily.com

Audi Rents Out the 'Ring: TT-RS – At first glance, this TT looks like the TT-S running around the Nordschleife. And we wouldn't fault you for that. With so many variations of the little coupe from Ingolstadt being produced, it's hard to keep them straight. But the RS wheels, and diff Source: forums.motivemag.com

Corvette ZR1, Camaro SS, Infiniti G37, Audi TT-RS - 06/18/2008 – Chevrolet dishes the performance dirt on the Corvette ZR1, a higher-performance Camaro may be in the works and the Audi TT of all TTs is in the pipeline. Hosted by Derek DeAngelis.  Visit http://feed.fastlanedaily.com and vote for what you want Source: www.fastlanedaily.com

2008 Audi TT Coupe: – OUR TAKE: There's no denying how stylish the TT is, especially with the S-Line body pieces and wheels that help kick up the sporty looks a notch. To many, the first-generation car was too cutesy, but few can say that of the redesign. Source: www.autoweek.com

2008 Audi TT 2.0T Convertible – I drove the Audi TT 2.0T Convertible prepared to hate it. Its wrong-wheel-drive, mandatory two-pedal transmission, extra-chunky-style curb weight and econobox-based platform violates all that I hold sacred in a two-seat drop top. Similar formulas hav Source: www.thetruthaboutcars.com

The R8-TT – Not-so-mellow-yellow 362bhp Audi TT has R8 performance... Source: rss.feedsportal.com

Audi Forums – Interact with the Audi community. Source: www.audiforums.com

Fourtitude – Audi fan site. Source: www.fourtitude.com

Spy Shots: Audi TT-RS caught taking in the Arizona sun – Filed under: Spy Photos, Sports/GTs, AudiBetween the TT and the R8, Audi makes some pretty enticing sports cars. But there's a huge gap in the middle there, and the latest spy shots show a new derivative coming up to close the gap. Tentatively known Source: feeds.feedburner.com

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