Toronto, March 1, 2016 – Audi’s third generation TT & TTS roadster has come a long way. As menacing as a pit bull, the new TT/TTS looks more like a mini-R8 than anything close to its 1999 Mazda Miata-esque predecessor. We were able to get our hands on the 300hp AWD 2016 Audi TTS (base $51,900 USD/$61,900 CAD) and wow, is this car something. The racing-inspired Audi TTS (the TT from the Isle of Man’s Tourist Trophy race) is an all-seasonal street rocket that is as impressive in design as it is in performance.
The combination of the TTS’ light weight (2,700lbs) and Audi TFSI quattro S tronic Turbo Four engine that delivers 280lbs of torque will take you from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.9s). The all-season performance and handling is exceptional with optimal driver control through selectable driving modes (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic or Individual). The 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission combines not only two gearboxes in one, but also sportiness with efficiency. The high level of efficiency and the rapid gear changes deliver even greater driving pleasure.
The racing-inspired 2016 Audi TTS is an all-seasonal street rocket that is as impressive in design as it is in performance. – Spiro Mandylor, It’s All Style To Me
Let’s talk design. Where to begin? From the overall architecture, to the grille, to the Napa leather interior and chrome accents – all bases are covered and then some. The exterior daylight balanced LED headlights are a key design feature that are both stylish and functional. The TTS has a sleek rear spoiler that automatically deploys at 75 mph (120km/h) to increase aerodynamic downforce. The upgrade on the wheels is worth the extra money and how about the signature TTS dual round exhaust and diffuser from the rear? Killer look.
The interior is pure racing with a hint of luxury. The minimal design is much appreciated by the racing enthusiast, namely the very first 100% virtual cockpit that I’ve ever experienced. Clean, efficient and easy-to-use. The quilted Napa leather sport seats are gorgeous and super comfy – with the pneumatic side bolsters upgrade ($300 CAD) highly recommended. As with most roadsters, the rear seats will fit no more than a golf bag really, but these particular rear seats fold down, which is a great feature.
Some of my personal favorites of the TTS included the flat-bottomed steering wheel, something every sports car should have. The LED side-mirror warning lights are actually on the inside of the mirror frame rather than the outside or on the mirror itself. This is a huge improvement because the blinking catches your peripheral vision right away for added safety. The rear camera is actually HD instead of the blurry video in some vehicles. I liked the audio dial in close proximity to the passenger in addition to what’s on the steering wheel. Unlike my old Mercedes SLK, the steering dampening on the Audi TTS is neither too loose, nor too stiff – it’s perfect. The trunk comes equipped with elastic side straps and a mesh vinyl net that can be fastened to hold down my camera gear (or groceries) so that things don’t bounce around in the back.
The Audi TTS is one of the most economically priced in its class (Porsche Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLK, BMW Z4, Alfa-Romeo 4C). Our test vehicle had many extras including that killer Sepang Blue pearl paint job ($890 CAD), 20″ 10-Y-Spoke wheels ($800 CAD) with red callipers ($400 CAD). Together with the driver comfort package, navigation and premium Bang & Olufsen sound system – the price gets up to $71,185, which is still pretty good for what you get. Love, love, love this car.