Audi's TT sports car has aged surprisingly well since its 2000 model year U.S. debut and is still a head-turning design despite the influx of outlandishly styled models. A redesigned TT is on its way, however, and should hit U.S. dealerships next spring as a 2008 model.
Longer and wider than the first-generation TT, the 2008 TT Coup� uses Audi's Aluminum Space Frame technology and is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a V-6. Redesigned TT roadsters debut later.
The 2008 TT sports Audi's new trapezoidal grille, which bisects the front bumper. The slit-like headlights and lower grille styling lend the TT a sinister appearance. Like the current TT, the 2008 version has a gracefully arching roofline. Wheels as large as 19 inches in diameter are available.
The TT's body is 69 percent aluminum and 31 percent steel, with the steel pieces located at the back of the car for optimal weight distribution. The new TT Coup� also features one of the latest trends in sports cars: a powered spoiler that deploys when the car hits 75 mph.
Though ostensibly a four-person sports car, the TT Coup� has front bucket seats and a small rear seat. The large rear hatch opens to reveal a cargo area about 10 cubic feet in size that grows to about 25 cubic feet when the rear seats are lowered. Audi says the TT Coup� can carry two golf bags.
The driver faces two large round gauges behind a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel. Metal pedals are used, and the manual gearshift is positioned comfortably within reach of the driver and moves through the gears with little resistance. Round vents are trimmed in aluminum; automatic climate control and a CD stereo are standard. A navigation system is optional.
Under the Hood
The TT's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 200 horsepower and drives the front wheels while the available 3.2-liter V-6 generates 250 hp and drives all four wheels via Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed sequential manual transmission dubbed "S tronic" (previously known as Direct Shift Gearbox) is optional. V-6-powered TT Coup�s can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds while the turbocharged four-cylinder TT takes 6.4 seconds.
Standard features include side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.