Positioned in small sports car category, Audi TT has been a part of the German company’s production lineup since 1998. Assembled by Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. in Gyor, Hungary, the car is fabricated with body-shells manufactured and painted at Audi`s Ingolstadt plant.
The TT was launched as a 2+2 coupe and also as a two seater for two of its generations. These employed consecutive versions of the Volkswagen Group A platform, beginning with the A4 (PQ34). This sports car therefore has front mounted transversely oriented engine, front wheel drive or Quattro 4WD system and completely independent front suspension with McPherson struts.
Indian markets saw the Coupe avatar of TT in 2008 and a new model propelled by 2 litre TFSI petrol engine was launched in June 2012. Audi TT now competes with likes of Mercedes Benz SLK, Porsche Boxter, and BMW Z4.
A mere glimpse is enough to realise that the TT is one of the most stylish cars sold by Audi in India. With its elegant and simple lines, low slung profile, athletic roofline and chiselled flanks, this sports coupe scores high in the looks section. The twin barrel headlamps with LED streaks, the large trademark Audi grille and the clear round fog lamps give it a striking front profile. A muscular bumper that frames the larger air inlets with 3 dimensional, sharply drawn out edges also adds to the fabulous looks of TT.
On the sides the flared wheel arches merge calculatedly with the fenders for a sporty effect. The rear looks even more directional and dynamic as the roofline stretches extensively downward to complete the silhouette of a genuine coupe.
Audi TT’s body was created with hybrid Audi Space Frame technology. Lightweight aluminium has been used for front of the car right up to the B – pillar and steel panels have been used at the back. With this blend the axial load gets balanced to perfection and the total weight stays low – after all, these are the vital parameters for dynamic performance of a sports car.
The roomy cabin sports an equally dynamic design and style. Audi designers have employed rational ergonomics for placing of all controls on the uncluttered dash and central console. The overall fit and finish scores high on refinement. You can electrically adjust the heated, comfortable front seats for height and better lumbar support. Standard features include climate control, rake & reach adjustable steering wheel, parking sensors for front & rear, a rear view parking camera, electrically adjustable ORVMs, Bluetooth interface, and of course a top-notch music system.
Audi is known for its brilliant safety elements and the TT coupe gets its share of the best ones. It is equipped with 4 airbags for driver and passenger, anti lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control system and electronic stability program. It also has anti theft alarm and tow away protection set up.
Powered by 1984 cc, 4 cylinder petrol engine, this sporty super car is a performer all the way. It does the 0-100 km/hour dash in 6.49 seconds. The motor has a horsepower of 208 bhp and a torque of 35.7 kgm.
Indian markets have 2.0 TFSI Quattro variant of the coupe and it costs Rs 52.19 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi).
Since its launch, Audi TT has won several awards in different categories. Most recently, it won “International Engine of the Year” Award 2013 for its 2.5-liter TFSI engine used in global models. Interestingly, the TT R5 Coupe has been honoured in best engine category four times in a row. On the whole, this car has received more than 7 accolades worldwide including the inaugural ‘Drive Car of the Year Award’ in 2006 (Australia).
The TT really makes a convincing case for itself as stylish and fun to drive sports car. You just need to find an appropriate road to drive this hottie and it will leave you enthralled by its staggering performance.