It’s hard to believe that the second generation Audi TT Coupe and Roadster have been on sale since 2006, and during that time we’ve seen several different variants launched, here and overseas, including diesel and high-performance RS models.
For the 2011 model year the stylish Audi TT (European model pictured) has undergone a mid-cycle refresh, making it more dynamic and more efficient. The V-6 model is no longer offered, and neither are the regular automatic transmissions. Instead, all models now come fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a dual clutch transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive.
The base TT features a peak output of 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to send the TT Coupe from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The Roadster is just a few tenths of a second of this pace. Importantly, this means the base four-cylinder Audi is now quicker to 60 mph than its six-cylinder rivals, the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive30i and the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK300.
Those seeking more power can opt for the TTS model, which remains unchanged in terms of output with its 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque rating. The 0-60 mph sprint in the TTS Coupe takes just 4.9 seconds, with the Roadster close behind at 5.1.
If this is still not enough, note that the extreme Audi TT RS model
is being introduced for the 2012 model year. This 340 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder variant of the TT delivers 4.6-second 0-60 mph times, thanks in part to its quattro all-wheel drive. This particular model will also be coming with a conventional six-speed manual for those who can't live without a clutch pedal.
As for the regular 2011 Audi TT, other changes for the latest model year include chrome dual tailpipes, optional magnetic ride shocks with a more noticeable change between "normal" and "sport" modes, a sport button system that modifies steering boost and exhaust sound, revised bumpers, grille, fog lamps, and new interior accents including aluminum trim for the steering wheel, console and door liner.
High-gloss black trim and more brushed aluminum further upgrade the cabin, while the optional Fina Nappa leather gains a new thermal resistance treatment, able to cut the temperature of the seats by up to 68 degrees.
The TTS model gets a new grille, fog lights and surrounds, and chrome horizontal cross braces.
For a complete take on the safety, quality, performance, styling, and features of the 2011 Audi TT, read the full review at TheCarConnection