2017 Audi TTS
2.Zero-liter inline-four turbo, DOHC (292 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm; 280 lb-ft @ 1,900 rpm)
Six-speed dual-clutch automated, all-wheel drive
23 metropolis / 27 freeway / 25 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)
10.three metropolis / eight.6 freeway / 9.5 mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)
25.three mpg [9.3 L/100 km] (Noticed)
Base Worth: $53,450 (U.S) / $64,895 (Canada)
As Examined: $58,375 (U.S.) / $71,535 (Canada)
Costs embrace $950 vacation spot cost in the US and $2,195 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.
As an vehicle journalist, I’m purported to qualify sure statements.
This automobile is attractive, I would say, however solely with an asterisk that denotes magnificence being within the eye of the beholder. This automobile is attractive, I would say, however not as attractive as its predecessors, after which I’d draw your consideration to the advantageous print the place I describe my lack of a advantageous arts diploma.
The 2017 Audi TTS is attractive. Much more beautiful than the outside is the inside.
But simply because the third-generation TT continues to main within the arts doesn’t imply Audi fully forgot to teach the TT within the trendy STEM curriculum.
The Audi TT has all the time been targeted extra on type than substance. However the 2017 TTS is greater than only a fairly face.
Fitted with the two.Zero-liter turbo from the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R, the TTS serves up 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. That’s 72 extra horses and 22 extra lb-ft of twist than the essential TT’s 2.0T, however 108 fewer horses and 74 fewer lb-ft of torque than the two.5-liter turbo inline-five of the 2018 TT RS.
292 horsepower appears like loads of energy for a three,220-pound sports activities automobile — and it’s — however you’ll be pressured to actually ask the Audi to ship it if you wish to really feel just like the TTS possesses one thing apart from a Golf 1.8T’s powertrain.
The TTS’s throttle wants a correct prod, and the Audi Drive Choose’s Consolation and Auto modes masks a number of the 2.0T’s in any other case ample assets. Nought to sixty requires considerably lower than 5 seconds (the TT RS will do the deed in beneath 4) however the TTS doesn’t really feel almost that pressing in routine driving.
It’s as if the fries are prepared, however the counter employees at your native McDonald’s must be reminded if you happen to’re to be served promptly.
Additional emphasizing the pace is the TTS’s six-speed dual-clutch, the one transmission out there, that in Dynamic mode shifts with sufficient ferocity and incites sufficient brap to interact even jaded auto writers. Discover a twisty highway the place speeds fluctuate between 45 and 75 miles per hour and the two.0T/six-speed DSG combo comes into its personal, punching out of corners prefer it’s grown a pair of additional cylinders. A guide can be nice, certain, however the TTS is a ruthless method to make ahead progress.PRETTY NIMBLE
You’ll be punching the 2017 TTS out of these corners sooner than you anticipated, too, particularly if you happen to’re accustomed to automobiles that don’t ship excessive ranges of bhp to 4 pushed wheels. The TTS is hip-deep in grip. 255/30ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros stick like honey to a toddler’s fingertips.
Once more, the TTS’s Audi Drive Choose Dynamic enhances this sensation. Immediate steering response and an ultra-stiff suspension work with these vast, flat tires to create a particularly tossable automobile. Smack it round from nook to nook prefer it’s a ping pong ball being hammered from racket to racket and the TTS simply retains asking for extra.
Don’t ever let this rally finish.
That is the place the issues start, nevertheless, as a result of the TTS’s skill to simply accept regardless of the highway throws its means doesn’t lengthen to the standard of pavement. There isn’t any such factor as a easy highway with the 2017 TTS, not on these 20-inch wheels, not even in Consolation mode.Regardless of my slim body, I’m squeezed between kidney-embracing facet bolsters. I’m trying to see out of a automobile with much less glass than the skin of a Kingdom Corridor. As if I’m in Stig Blomqvist’s WRC Audi Quattro, the undercarriage amplifies the sound of each fleck of gravel the sticky tires choose up. The tires themselves drone and hum and chatter on and on like a CNN political panel. Why do all 4 tires — and all 9 panelists — have to speak on the identical time?
However above all, the TTS’s suspension is so stiff that easy pavement not exists.
I drove the TTS down a contemporary patch of pavement across the nook from my home on a number of events. Even there, the TTS simply can not calm down.
This a lot stiffness may be acceptable. Possibly. Maybe. However pair the TTS’s poor journey high quality with the extreme noise — in a high-priced Audi — and my need for a extra sedate S5 begins to develop. The 2017 Audi TTS will not be too tough that enjoyable can’t be had, nevertheless it’s tough sufficient to severely restrict the automobile’s enchantment as a every day driver.PRETTY SIBLINGS
The reply right here is to not substitute the TTS you so need with certainly one of its platform companions, the Audi A3 or Volkswagen Golf R. The prototypical potential TTS purchaser isn’t excited about a small premium sedan or a mainstream-brand hatchback.
However the dynamic habits of these automobiles, notably the Golf R with a guide transmission, can be greater than welcome within the TTS. The Golf R possesses virtually all the TTS’s excellent dynamics, nevertheless it does so in live performance with a extra sedate, refined, and splendid atmosphere whenever you’re not caning it.
Making issues worse, the TTS’s stiffness masks a lot of the Volkswagen Group MQB platform’s skill to speak. The TTS is, for a automobile that turns into somewhat uncooked in Dynamic mode, additionally considerably inert.
Though the Audi TTS by no means stops speaking, it’s all the time the identical message: I can go sooner. Filtered out is sort of each different communiqué.PRETTY EXPENSIVE
The worth for efficiency isn’t low-cost. Whereas a daily 2017 Audi TT begins at $44,450, the transfer as much as TTS requires an additional $9,000.
Add premium paint, Audi Lane Help, large wheels, purple brake calipers, and a collection of tech and security gear and this Audi Canada-supplied tester’s U.S.-market worth jumps to $58,375.
That’s not low-cost. In actual fact, it’s $2,Zero25 greater than the least costly Porsche 718 Cayman cash should buy. (Not that such a $56,350 Cayman exists in the true world.)
PRETTIEST ON THE INSIDE
It’s troublesome to think about every other related issue when you’ve taken your seat within the 2017 Audi TTS’s driver’s perch.
Audi one way or the other managed to infuse a minimalist design with an array of eye-catching element. Eradicating the central display screen so pervasive within the luxurious market — MMI is managed by means of a big display screen within the gauge cluster — reduces visible muddle.
The local weather controls are gone, too, or somewhat, they’ve been changed by smaller controls in the midst of every vent. It’s so wise you marvel why it’s not commonplace apply.
Materials high quality, from the ground mats to the steering wheel to the sprint prime, embarrasses an entire host of high-end machines.
True, the TT’s inside isn’t an ergonomic masterpiece: the centre armrest is just too low; the amount management knob is a distant attain past the shifter. The rudimentary rear seat solely works for people with no legs. Or canines, I suppose. The cargo space’s opening is huge; the cargo space itself will not be. However none of that issues: that is an inside for the ages.
This 2017 Audi TTS prices $58,375, however the cabin feels as if the TTS may very well be priced at $98,375, even when the outside is starting to develop stale, even when the hilariously fast powertrain doesn’t all the time really feel fast, even when the aggressive dealing with is married to punishing journey high quality.
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Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.web. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars.