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2008 NAIAS Audi TTS: A Good Thing Gets Better.


The VehicleVoice editorial management staff if very good to me. Being primarily on the consumer research side of AutoPacific I’m not the first choice for industry analysis or vehicle evaluations. In spite of this, I get some pretty cool assignments. Having the opportunity to drive the 2007 Audi TT along California’s Riviera this past summer was one of those assignments. The newest interpretation the Audi’s iconic design clearly exceeds its predecessor in every way. The challenge of re-designing an icon, has given Audi an even more beautiful TT. In addition, the upgraded platform, engines and transmissions have transformed the TT from a beautiful car, into a true sports car. So getting to cover the 2008 TTS at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show is a nice assignment. The TTS marks an anniversary for Audi. In 1998 the TT Coupe was introduced to the world and immediately became a design icon.

The TTS is propelled by a two-liter TFSI engine delivering 272 hp. TFSI is Audi-Speak for gasoline direct injection and turbocharging. Its peak torque of 258 lb-ft, is hit from 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. This power plant pushes (and pulls) TTS Coupe to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds with governor-limited top speed of 155.34 mph. The Audi TTS is available as both a 2 + 2-seater coupe and as a roadster.
One of the best features of the TT and TTS is the optional S tronic transmission. While we generally prefer a manual in a sports cars, this automatic transmission is truly world-class. S tronic uses two clutches to performing extremely quick gear shifts at high engine loads and rev speeds. Torque is delivered almost loss-free to the road. Coupled with Audi’s well-established Quattro system, the TT with S tronic gives a formula one-like experience in shifting, while still allowing for less involved cruising when desired.
The TTS’ list of features includes quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the Audi magnetic ride adaptive suspension system, 18-inch aluminum wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, plus – on the Roadster – the fully automatic soft top including power wind deflector.


The beautiful interior includes a multifunctional leather sports steering wheel, Audi’s aluminum styling and heated sports seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery. Optional extras include two navigation systems, a Bose sound system, an iPod port, an LED interior lighting package, electrically adjustable seats, as well as the Audi adaptive light dynamic cornering light system.
Sales of the TTS will begin in the early summer.

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