Extra power, sharper steering and better dynamics add extra thrills to the already superb TT
ANOTHER car from the current line-up to appear in our greatest quattros special, this is the most involving TT yet. It takes inspiration from the original Sport model, but isn’t a limited-run special; instead it’s a fully fledged production car.
The TTS comes as a coupé or roadster with either manual or twin-clutch S tronic gearboxes, and looks fantastic. Deeper side sills, chrome mirrors, larger air intakes and a lower ride height provide a more aggressive and sporty edge. The superb cabin feels special, too, but what sets it apart is the driving experience.
Sharp steering, excellent traction and superb body control make the TTS more thrilling than the standard car. It’s more communicative than any TT before it, and the excellent Magnetic Ride dampers ensure ride quality isn’t compromised in the pursuit of dynamic perfection.
Performance is strong, too. Revisions to the 2.0-litre turbo have delivered an extra 71bhp, while torque is up from 280Nm to 350Nm. The result is punchy and flexible power delivery, while its retuned exhaust gives a raspy soundtrack. Add a stylish and beautifully detailed interior, and you can see why this is such a desirable package.
WHY: TTS makes the TT a serious driver's car
In this review
- 1IntroductionAudi's new RS5 has been launched on the 30th anniversary of Audi's quattro system. Here we hit the race track in 11 of the best four-wheel-drive cars has ever made...
- 2Audi UR QuattroOne of the first passenger cars to feature four wheel drive, the UR Quattro's engine, looks and handling propelled it to legendary status
- 3Audi Rally QuattroAfter transforming rallying for good, the Rally Quattro went on to win just about everything - with up to 600bhp under the bonnet
- 4Audi Sport QuattroThe 2.1-litre engine in the Sport Quattro produces 307bhp and shoots it to 60mph in 4.8 seconds. Not bad for 1984, or now for that matter
- 5Audi S2 CoupeSmoother S2 was a major departure from original Quattro.
- 6Audi RS2 AvantPorsche and Audi joined forces and engineered the 315bhp RS2 Avant. Less than 3000 were made and even fewer were RHD.
- 7Audi A4 Touring CarFielding an all-wheel drive Audi in the BTCC gave it the notoriety it deserved. It also got 4WD cars banned from entering ever again.
- 8Audi TT SportThe lighter, tuned TT Sport turned the already great TT into a proper drivers' car
- 9Audi RS4 AvantA spiritual successor to the Porsche-tuned RS2, the RS4 Avant blends supercar power with estate practicality
- 10Audi RS6The most powerful production Audi ever belongs in this list for that reason alone
- 11Audi TTS - currently readingExtra power, sharper steering and better dynamics add extra thrills to the already superb TT
- 12Audi R8Fantastic handling, outstanding performance and looks that stop traffic, the R8 is an outstanding car