The 2011 Audi TT is available as a 2+2 coupe or two-place convertible that recalls past racing heritage by putting a modern interpretation on this classic theme. Looking fast even at a standstill, the TT's rakish styling telegraphs the invigorating performance and deft handling the car is capable of. The TT roadster nearly has the power to make the sun shine all on its own.
For 2011, the TT is updated with a new fascia that's more aggressive. Glossy black lattice fills the air intake on standard TT models ($38,300 MSRP.) A string of 12 LEDs function as daytime running lamps and are an Audi signature, as well as a striking design element. High intensity discharge headlamps are standard on TT coupes and roadsters, and, of course, so is Audi's signature quattro all-wheel drive.
The athletic coupe profile and classically proportioned roadster both exude performance, and new colors are available for 2011 to grace the clean, sporty flanks. Dakota Gray, Oolong Gray, Scuba Blue, Volcano Red and Misano Red pearl effect are the choices to dress the subtly updated looks.
The interior is focused on the driver and offers standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats upholstered in leather and suede. The leather upholstery is specially treated to reduce thermal heating when parked in the sun. The well-bolstered seats keep your torso in place during spirited cornering. Large, clear gauges and a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel flanked by shift paddles are features that take inspiration from motorsports. New for 2011 are new aluminum accents on the steering wheel, center console and mirror controls.
The standard features list includes a driver information center, standard Bluetooth® and SIRIUS radio capability, and even automatic climate control is standard. This isn’t just any system; the climate control uses a light sensor on the dashboard to automatically compensate for the intensity of sunlight.
Two trim levels of the Audi TT are available: The 2.0T Premium Plus or 2.0T Prestige. Opting for the Prestige bolsters the standard equipment by adding the Audi Parking System, heated Nappa Leather Sport Seats, Bose audio system and MMI Navigation and media system. In either model, power is provided by Audi's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, generating 211 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque. One of Ward's Autos 10 Best Engines for five years in a row, and a five-time "International Engine of the Year" champion, Audi's 2.0T yanks the TT to 60 mph in a scant 5.3 seconds, delivering the exhilarating performance that the TT's looks promise. The Audi Valvelift system, variable valve timing and direct injection are at the vanguard of engine technology and help the 2.0T provide a wide torque plateau while taking it easy at the fuel pump with EPA estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway for both the coupe and roadster.
Extensive options are available for either trim level, encompassing technology, appearance and luxury features. The S Line Package is available for both Premium and Prestige trim TTs, and adds twin-spoke 19-inch wheels with high-performance tires. S Line TTs also wear unique front and rear bumpers, a Singleframe grille, S Line badging for the exterior and interior, along with brushed aluminum doorsills and S Line seats. The Baseball Optic Leather Package upholsters the interior with fine Nappa leather and joins it with woven stitching for a distinctive look that evokes the heritage that the TT seeks to pay homage to. A Fine Nappa Leather Package is also available for an understated, yet highly luxurious atmosphere.
Audi's MMI Navigation plus system is available for both Premium and Prestige trim levels. The system's 6.5-inch LCD is clear and the system also features two slots for SD media cards for playback of your digital files. In the Premium, the system features real-time traffic and six-disc CD changer located in the glovebox. Prestige trim TTs upgrade the MMI system to offer an iPod interface as well.
Enhanced handling is on the options list as well. The Audi Magnetic Ride Suspension replaces conventional damper oil with a special fluid. The fluid’s viscosity is controlled by an electromagnetic field, harnessing the fluid’s electromagnetic properties to deliver the appropriate damping forces. With Normal and Sport settings selectable by the driver, the TT always finds the perfect balance between control and comfort.
The S tronic gearbox combines the advantages of a traditional six-speed manual transmission with the qualities of a modern automatic. With dual clutches, the S tronic gearbox enables gearshifts without interrupting the power flow, resulting in lightning-quick shifts. While the first clutch is transmitting power, the second clutch pre-selects the next gear, allowing gearshifts in a fraction of a second. Regarded as one of the best designs of its type, S tronic shaves the weight of a conventional automatic transmission while simultaneously amplifying the thrills the TT can deliver.
Style and swiftness are equal partners in the 2011 Audi TT coupe and roadster. The classic joys of sportscar motoring are present and accounted for, and the latest high-technology enhancements join the fray. The experience is capped by Audi's trademark luxurious outfitting to create a true star vehicle.