Audi TTS | Car Review | evo

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Audi TTS

With 268bhp and a full of ‘S’ badges, could this be the TT been waiting for?

The of serious speed has seldom more stealthy

Be careful you wish for. The original TT stoked up an understandable yearning discerning keen drivers sorely tempted by what saw, very nearly on the dotted line. If only it had and handled like it looked…

duly obliged by making the TT less visually arresting, removing the expectations generated by the drop-… design values. Although changes under the had, in fact, made the new TT a better steer overall, the felt depressingly downbeat. for one small but significant caveat.

The only place left to go for was a TT that drives a lot better it looks.

On paper, the TTS is that It checks in as the fastest, sportiest and expensive TT to date, comfortably the 247bhp 3.2-litre V6 thanks to its re-worked 2-litre turbocharged 268bhp and 258lb ft of torque, the sustained all the way from 2500 to A six-speed manual gearbox is but here, on a rainy morning in our car is fitted with Audi’s twin-clutch six-speed transmission for an extra £1400, shaves from the 0-62mph time and the promise of seamlessly streamed effortlessly choreographed by a couple of set behind the chunky, flat-bottomed wheel.

The headline figures are impressive in way. With its larger uprated intercooler, freer-flowing myriad internal upgrades and keener appetite for revs, the new turns in an almost eye-watering for the 0-62mph sprint (5.4 for the and steams on to an electronically pegged The other big figure is the price. At the manual TTS costs just less than a 2.7-litre Cayman.

Certainly, the Porsche quite answer the Audi’s straight-line pace, but then was never really the issue. the way the Cayman steered, cornered and that made the TT look

And it’s here that has put in the work to raise its little game. As ever, having the of a quattro four-wheel-drive system can push up to 100 per cent of the torque to the or the rear as conditions dictate is a ally in a car with so much and a nose-heavy weight distribution (58 per on the front) that will favour understeer. In theory, the ESP should curb the front enthusiasm to run wide, while for the aspects of body control and the TTS teams stiffer springs and bars with Delphi variable-rate dampers.

Audi TTS

Let it be said straight off that the TTS transmission combo, while the most stirring of sonic is strikingly effective, delivering an flow of near-furious acceleration cool-browed precision. The acquisition of speed has seldom seemed stealthy. The engine has a silkiness rare in a four-pot and, it revs vigorously, it does so any audible change in character.

has also finessed its twin-clutch, transmission to the point where its is almost invisible. For anyone about their blood this is undoubtedly the car to choose if you to get from A to B in a hurry, but for those who the feeling of adrenalin in the morning, it provide much of a hit.

The massaged chassis tries to the same pace-without-consequence example for the most part, succeeds. On dry traction and grip are never Neither is torque-steer.

Helm are a tad lightweight and lacking in detail but they’re decently accurate, and unsullied by squeezing the throttle all the way exiting a bend – something you can do early where a Cayman might exhibit more

In the wet, though, the TTS feels sure of itself. It will dispatch distance at a cracking but, on the limit, it seems ill at the torque-shifting Haldex transmission and ESP failing to harmonise and robbing the TTS of any sense of balance and flow. off ESP restores some of the flow but back the understeer too.

This is still the best TT but it’s not quite the R8’s kid we were hoping for. The for the time being, has no reason to

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