2016 Audi TT, TTS to Make U.S. Debut in L.A.

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Audi updated its TT and TTS sports cars for the European market for model-year 2015, and the cars will hit U.S. shores as model-year 2016 coupes and convertibles. The third-generation TT is all angles up front with a large hexagonal grille, sharp hood contours and sleek, slit-like LED headlights. 

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TT coupes and roadsters will again use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but horsepower is up slightly for 2016 to 220 hp from 211 hp; in the sporty TTS model, the 2.0-liter will make 292 hp, up from 265. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is again the sole transmission; no word on if Europe’s diesel version or manual-transmission model will be available in the U.S. The TT will be available as coupe and roadster; the TTS will be available as a coupe only.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi TT and TTS at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Competes with: Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK

Looks like: Same iconic TT, with more angularity

Powertrains: 230 hp or 310 hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic, front- or all-wheel-drive

Hits dealerships: TBD

Audi made waves when the first-generation TT sports car arrived in the late 1990s. It looked like nothing else, eschewing the traditional styles of sports cars for something that seemed like a cross between a gym shoe and squashed Volkswagen Beetle, and it became a style icon. At the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, Audi has unveiled its third-generation TT and TTS, bringing more refinement and technology to its entry-level sports car, but there is no date set for when it will go on sale in the U.S.

By Aaron Bragman | March 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

Audi Gives Glimpse of 2015 TT

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Audi's iconic TT sports car is about to get an update, which will be revealed to the world at the upcoming 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March, and the company is teasing fans with some sketches of the new coupe. Mechanical details are still forthcoming, but visually, the car doesn't differ too much from the current model. Its squat, rounded shape has a similar silhouette to the current model, but there's a more pronounced horizontal emphasis on the front and rear ends.

By Aaron Bragman | February 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi Unveils Next TT Interior at CES

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At this week's 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audi showed the interior of the next TT sports car. You're looking at what the German automaker tweeted on Tuesday.

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Five circular air vents dominate the dashboard, and the stacked center controls appear angled toward the driver. Audi's latest MMI Touch interface sits behind the gearshift, with a touchpad incorporated into the knob controller like in the 2015 A3. There's no central dashboard screen that shows all the action, however. Rather, a screen in place of the gauges shows everything from navigation to speed and engine rpm.

By Kelsey Mays | January 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

2012 Audi TT RS Video

After a short hiatus, the Audi TT RS is back for the 2012 model year. With it comes a powerful 360-horsepower inline-five-cylinder. Compared with the TT and TTS, this model is a powerhouse, and it’s the only one available with a manual transmission, according to Cars.com Editor Joe Bruzek. Still, the powertrain comes at a steep price.

By Colin Bird | March 12, 2012 | Comments (2)

Extreme Commuting in the 2011 Audi TT, 2011 Chevy Equinox, 2012 Dodge Charger R/T

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More often than not, buyers of all-wheel-drive cars and SUVs must deal with worse gas mileage compared with their two-wheel-drive counterparts. The 2011 Audi TT now only comes with all-wheel drive — a front-wheel-drive option was eliminated for 2010 — but its gas mileage is still respectable at 22/31 mpg city/highway. Along with the TT, we put all-wheel-drive versions of the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox with its four-cylinder base engine and 2011 Dodge Charger R/T with a healthy V-8 through our heavy Chicago commute.
 
The TT makes an interesting case as a commuter car.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2011 | Comments (6)

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 Lexus IS, 2012 Mazda5, 2011 Audi TT

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This week, Cars.com’s editors tackled a varied trio of vehicles in our 101st podcast. Kelsey Mays talks about the entire Lexus IS lineup – yes, he tested them all; Mike Hanley discusses Mazda’s redesigned small van, the 2012 Mazda5, and Joe Wiesenfelder expounds on the sporty Audi TT.

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By David Thomas | July 12, 2011 | Comments (0)

2011 Audi TT Video

When the Audi TT first debuted in 2000 in the U.S., the car was a definite head-turner, according to Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. Unfortunately, the past decade has seen fierce competition in the sports car arena making the TT less of a standout in the field, says Wiesenfelder.
By Colin Bird | July 11, 2011 | Comments (0)

2011 Audi TT, TTS Get Updated

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  • Competes with: BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Infiniti G37
  • Looks like: Mild exterior changes hide a nice engine upgrade
  • Drivetrain: 211-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder or 265-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder; all-wheel drive; dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: TT in early 2011, TTS in fall 2010

We’re big fans of the underachieving Audi TT. It’s a unique, small, luxury sport coupe and convertible. It’s nimble and light, and the cockpit is a marvel in sports car styling. Its main drawback was the engine choices, with the base turbo being a bit too slow and the 3.2-liter six-cylinder sporting more power but adding weight.

The 3.2 was dropped for 2010, and it doesn't return for 2011. Instead, the base model’s engine gets some serious updating and now produces 211 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque, a major bump from the outgoing model’s 200 hp and 207 pounds-feet of torque. It’s mated to a dual-clutch transmission, which should boost mileage over the outgoing TT’s 21/29 mpg city/highway.
 
These changes should make the base TT noticeably faster. No zero-to-60 times have been determined, but the zero-to-62 mph figure for Europe clocked in at 5.6 seconds, so the zero-to-60 time should be shorter by a few clicks. The 2010 TT recorded a zero-to-60 time of 5.9 seconds.

A magnetic ride suspension will be offered as an option, which will allow for adjustable suspension settings.
 
The TTS’ engine remains unchanged at 265 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Both models only come with all-wheel drive. The TTS also returns mileage figures of 21/29 mpg.
 
The exterior changes are slight but bring the model up to date with the rest of the Audi lineup and streamline the previous generation's bulbous bumpers.
 
No pricing was announced, but the outgoing TT starts at $37,800 for the coupe and $40,800 for the roadster. The 2010 TTS starts at $45,900 and $48,900 for coupe and roadster, respectively.
 
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By David Thomas | April 8, 2010 | Comments (4)

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