Review: Audi TT Coupe A Balance Between Luxury & Performance

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Audi plans on introducing each and every model from its portfolio into the Indian market. The all-new TT Coupe was introduced in the country during late 2015. We get the third iteration of the supercar from the German luxury carmaker.

Once again Audi has made use of Volkswagen Group's MQB platform for its TT Coupe. The Audi TT Coupe is a starting point for performance enthusiasts. Post owing this sportscar one will have a strong base for Audi's RS range of supercars.

The very first Audi TT Coupe was introduced in 1998 and has witnessed vital changes over the years. The German-based manufacturer recently unveiled a more performance oriented version of the TT Coupe, which is named as the Audi TT RS model.

Engine

Under the hood is a 2.0-litre TFSI four-cylinder, petrol engine. Power is delivered to all four wheels and the engine produces 227bhp, along with 370Nm of peak torque output. The engine is mated to S Tronic 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Audi's TT Coupe is capable of attaining a top speed of 250 km/h. The sportscar can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a matter of 5.3 seconds. An ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 14.33 km/l is achievable, however, driving within a city expect it to drop down by half.

Styling

In terms of styling, the Audi TT Coupe looks as if it's in motion even while standing still. The sportscar is bound to have a few head turners on our roads. Although, the TT Coupe has a love it or hate it, in the first impression type of looks, which could work for many young sportscar buyers.

Front-end of the Audi TT looks aggressive and has an unique design, with the signature Audi grille. The side gets a heavily sculpted skirt, along with flared wheel arches providing a bigger and muscular appearance. Rear, on the other hand, does not look that impressive and is kept simple, only the large dual exhaust ports grab one's attention.

Interior

The insides of Audi TT scream premium luxury and is rather over the top for a supercar. Once you get in you will be surprised and will be searching for the music system and other creature comfort buttons and knobs. Controls for several features have been integrated into various elements for a less is more feel.

Audi's TT Coupe is sold as a four-seater, however, there is actually no room for rear occupants, once full grown adults take up the front seat. The seats are comfortable and help in keeping the occupants in their place in high speeds as well as under heavy braking.

Tall passengers will feel cramped up and getting in and out will be a bit of a hassle. Luckily the positives outweigh the negatives and these are a few things that can be forgotten about. Virtual Cockpit by Audi will grab your attention as soon as you get into the driver's seat and it provides tons of information.

Driveability

For Indian roads, the Audi TT Coupe even in comfort mode felt a bit stiff. Surprisingly, even though the sportscar sits low it does not manage to scrape over speed bumps. We believe it is due to the short wheelbase of the vehicle that saves the underbelly.

Manoeuvering the TT Coupe in a city like Mumbai is rather easy and you can forget you are driving a supercar. One will hardly feel any difficulty in working through the traffic. The vehicle crawls easily and is always ready to pounce once it sees an opening.

Gearing is fantastically smooth, you will hardly experience a twitch as the gears shift up or down. The TT Coupe will inspire a lot of new drivers to go even faster without intimidating them too much, which will eventually improve the driving ability of a newbie.

Safety Features

Audi India equips the TT Coupe with six airbags as standard for maximum safety. The supercar is also equipped with several other safety features like ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BA (Brake Assist) and more. All these features help the driver take maximum control over the TT and exploit the vehicle to its potential.

Audi TT Coupe Pros & Cons

+ Uniqueness
+ Price
+ Drive and handling
+ Simplicity

Cramped seating
Stiff ride
Exhaust Note

Pricing

The Audi TT Coupe is available in a single variant and is priced at Rs. 61.50 ex-showroom (Delhi). German-based luxury car manufacturer offers the TT Coupe in India via the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route.

Verdict

First and foremost every supercar needs to have its very own uniqueness. Unfortunately, the Audi TT Coupe feels muted in this department. Even though you are going fast you can barely hear the engine growl, only a thump is audible every time gear changes occur which add some oomph.

The driving experience is good, however, owing to a stiff suspension minor bumps unsettle the driver from his seat. Once you get onto a clean patch everything changes and the drive gets very engaging and demands all your attention. Driving the Audi TT Coupe with the paddle shifters is most fun as you can completely take control of the gear shifts.

Realistically in India, the Audi TT Coupe competes with the likes of BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK, and the Porsche Cayman. All of its competitors are placed higher up and the Audi has an attractive sticker price.

In our opinion, this is one supercar that you can drive every day and you will not easily get bored of it. Every day you will extend the limit of your driving skill and be a better driver. We think the Audi TT Coupe can easily be an everyday supercar, owing to its ease of driving, along with a terrific fuel efficiency.

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Story first published: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9:39 [IST]
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