From an enthusiast's perspective, the base Audi Tt
fell out of sight once the AUDI TTS
arrived on the scene with more power, improved handling and those flashy LED running lights. Not content to live in the shadow of its sportier sibling, the 2011 Audi Tt
hit the gym and pumped itself up a bit for the new model year.
Set to hit the scene in the first quarter of 2011, the refreshed Audi Tt
makes the biggest strides where it counts: under the hood. The old 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder is out, replaced by Audi's updated 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder with the new Audi
Valvelift System which optimizes the flow of exhaust gases to the turbocharger. The result is an extra 11 horsepower and a more impressive gain of 51 pound-feet of torque for a total of 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet.
Like the current car, power is fed to the pavement solely through Audi's S Tronic dual-clutch six-speed automatic. From there, they go to all four wheels via Audi's AUDI QUATTRO
all-wheel drive system. With 3300 pounds to carry thanks to extensive aluminum body work ahead of the B-pillars, the new AUDI TT
should hit 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and gets 35 mpg on the combined European cycle.
German roadster aficionados will no doubt note that despite the updates, the AUDI TT
is still down on horsepower compared to the six-cylinder engines in the Mercedes Benz S
LK300 (228 horsepower) and the Bmw Z4
sDrive30i (255 horsepower). However, the AUDI TT
packs nearly 40 more pound-feet of torque than the other two while carrying the same amount of weight and though the Benz and Bmw
both offer manual transmission options, only the Audi
comes with AWD. Despite these differences, the spec charts say that the AUDI TT
should actually be slightly faster than its rivals, not to mention several thousand dollars cheaper.