Audi TT Roadster
POSTED: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 8:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 8:52pm
The Audi TT roadster is a very fast, great handling little sports car. It is a bit small, but makes up for that by being very expensive.
I know, I harp on price a lot, but I’m not sure I see where the nearly $50-grand is in all this. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the cost is literally my only complaint. The TT is screwed together like a Swiss watch with a folding roof. It is light, nimble and a pleasure to drive.
The shape is, well, it’s of the melted-milk-dud school of design, and like the old original bathtub Porsche, looks very much the same either coming or going. I confess to being old school enough to want a truly distinctive front end, and preferably, a longer hood than trunk in a sports car. Think of the old Jaguar E-type, and that’s my taste.
That said, the TT is still an intoxicating drive. The cockpit is just plain gorgeous, and the baseball glove stitching in the seats is inspired. It has a classic layout and everything is just where you need it when you need it.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder lump under the hood produces 200 horsepower and in a 3300 pound car, that is pretty good. But, for roughly $5,000 more, you can get the 265-horsepower version which will haul the little rocket to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. The lesser version takes 6 seconds to accomplish the same task, which for a high-dollar sports car is just plain slow.
With Quattro all-wheel-drive, the car sticks like super glue, and tight curves make you feel as confident as George Clooney on a first date. It’s a terrific little sports car, and being German, it’s as efficient as a clerk at the DeutschBank.