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Audi TT – Shoot to thrill

Snapshot: With over 200bhp of power and a potent chassis, the TT coupe is a lethal weapon for track days and practical as well for day to day duties.

Most Sportscar manufacturers harp on the fact that their cars offer agile handling, sharp steering and punchy engines. But Audi knows that if you have all these along with good looks, then half the battle is already won. And sportscars don’t come better looking than the Audi TT. So, even though this particular model is on its way out and will be replaced by a new one sometime next year, we just wanted to remind ourselves what a stellar product it really is.

Audi TT Exteriors
With that dramatic face upfront, and the pronounced wheel arches along with the sweeping roof line are clear indications what this car is all about. The big grille and black alloy wheels on this particular example also lend it an air of sportiness. The long bonnet and the short overhang at the back also give it a very muscular and purposeful stance. This clearly is a car that will love to be thrown around the track.

Audi TT Interiors
Step into the cabin and you get the same classy cabin and top notch materials that we’ve come to expect from Audi now. The big theme are the three circular air vents which have brushed chrome surrounds around them.  The front seats are very good on support and side bolstering is excellent as well. But the only downside are the unusable rear seats. The bench doesn’t have too much knee room and that along with the sloping roof at the back means no adults can sit in there. The boot is also useable, making it one of the better sportscars for practicality.

Audi TT Engine, performance and gearbox
It’s really amazing how much power carmakers are generating from even small capacity engines. The TT’s 2-litre unit generates 208-bhp of power. This FSi motor loves to be revved all the way to its redline and when revved hard the throttle note becomes very meaty and sporty as well, making the TT a great sportscar for audiophiles. Performance is understandably quick, wherever you are in the rev range of the car. The six-speed automatic gearbox is a delight to operate as well and the shifts are quick and effortless. You also get paddle shifters at the back of the steering wheel to operate this gearbox manually.  Performance is effortless to say the least and the car’s low weight also help build momentum in a hurry.

Audi TT Ride and handling
The TT is surprisingly very useable as an everyday commute as well. Though the tyres are low profile, they do manage to soak in the bumps rather well. All you have to do is negotiate around bad patch worked roads with ease. The handling is sublime to say the least. The car is ready for any driver input and that along with the dynamic chassis makes it one of the best handlers in its segment.

Audi TT Safety and equipment
Being an Audi means you get all the bells and whistles in terms of equipment. You get six airbags, ABS along with EBD as well as ESP. Audi also gives you a traction control system as standard. The cabin comes in Alcantra leather, which really spells class. Xenon projector lamps and 19-inch alloy wheels are also standard kit.

Summary
The TT is one of the most useable and easy to live with coupes in the car market. This is one car that you can buy with both your heart and head if you have the cash to spend. 

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