The Audi TT comes in two body styles, coupe and convertible. The standard TT can be had in either form, while the high-performance TTS and TTRS are available only as a coupe. All trims other than the TTRS come standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. In the standard TT and TT convertible, this engine makes 220 horsepower, along with 258 pound-feet of torque. In the TTS, the engine has been retuned for performance, with a higher compression ratio and modified internals to be good for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The TTRS is powered by a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 400 horsepower. Both convertible and coupe versions of the TT are capable of hitting 60 mph in less than six seconds, while the TTS will make the same sprint to 60 mph in under five and the TTRS can do it in under four seconds.
Despite impressive performance numbers, the TT is far from a bare bones performance car. Open the doors and drivers will find a stylish cabin covered in leather and Alcantara and complete with the latest technology. Audi has always prided itself on the interior of the TT, and this latest generation proves that the commitment continues into the car's third generation.
The Audi TT offers extraordinary levels of standard equipment. Standard features include a rearview camera, auto-dimming, heated, power-folding side mirrors, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear mirror, automatic windshield wipers, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, ambient LED interior lighting, a 9-speaker sound system with Bluetooth integration and two USB input slots, a 12.3-inch screen that houses the speedometer and tachometer, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights and turn signals, rear parking sensors, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch wheels.
Of course, there are plenty of options available on the TT as well. An audiophile Bang & Olufsen stereo features 12 speakers and a 680-watt amplifier. A Technology Package adds power heated and folding side mirrors, a navigation system, and Audi connect. Nicer seats featuring Napa leather are also available at an added cost. A Black optic package is available on both the TT and TTS. It adds Audi's signature Singleframe grille surround in black, with black exterior mirror housings and unique wheels with Titanium finish in 19 and 20 inches, respectively.
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Being given the freedom to drive as fast as you want is a rare commodity. Getting to do so legally on public roads is almost unheard of in the developed world. Germany's Autobahn is, of course, the notable exception, where sections of the smooth, wide highways are de-restricted, with multiple lanes of traffic where drivers (mostly) stick to strict lane-keeping rules and all go in the same direction.
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