Saturday, February 23, 2008

2008 Audi TT Roadster Review

2008 Audi TT Roadster

When Audi TT Coupe and Roadster werer anounced in 2000, both had the distinct mark of the Art Deco-inspired styling. It did not matter to many that the proponents of the new sports car were more monotonous-Volkswagen parts bin pieces - the TT's fabulous telegram style a modern twist on an earlier era, sports car while providing performance levels and the influence of Audi quattro all-wheel drive.

Fast-forward to the 2008 model year, and the TT is returned. Only Deco's been detuned for something a little more commercial. And the TT itself was composed of two notches. Instead of being a part Frankencar-bin, the new Audi TT has made its own chassis, which is made of lightweight aluminum. It is much harder-edged, from its flat bottom driving his gearshift coupled powerful and direct-injection engines.

It is impossible not to notice how beautiful the new Audi sports car, although its themes are more modern than generically in its first edition. Not more Bauhaus bone or Deco details - TT today is bright and clear.

On the outside, le'08 TT is considerably longer and wider than before. The wheelbase has been extended by about two inches, giving it a little more usable interior room, which we will discuss shortly. But in general, the form is still familiar with inverted bathtub "chopped" roof as defined in the original, but with a little more masculine (and even Porsche-like) cuts to it.

It is certainly attractive. But for me, the profile does not have the "wow, check that out!" Quotient of the first year of TT. Too many other cars are too similar. For example, Nissan 350Z can easily be mistaken for a new TT.

Brouille the distinction in the cockpit as well. In the past, the TT wore aluminum trim on the dashboard, on the shifter and on the air vents, as jewellery. He even an option-seat trim sewn together that the TT's buckets as baseball gloves. This time, the cabin is much more useful, the scoreboard, more compact and details better integrated. The aluminum trim is there, but it is lower - and the center console of the main feature today is not a group of metal hide radio is a big screen interface for the multimedia and Audi navigation system, when it is ordered. It's less fun, a little darker, and much more for the sport than for the show.

Although there is a choice of $35575 front-drive TT roadster with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed double-clutch automatic, $45275, or the V-6 TT Roadster with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual (Automatic option), we pushed the four turbo roadster, which is closer in spirit and in pricing in the first TT led us eight years ago.

The 2.0-liter turbo four delivers 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. It is a four-cylinder with muscular one of the most linear power supplies of any turbo engine that we know. A small whistle while it works is the only clue that there is no massive, large displacement engine hiding under the shapely bonnet TT. It is 20 horsepower more powerful than the 1.8-liter turbo four in the old Audi TT, and it gets better fuel economy, too, at 22/29 mpg. Audi said with the 200 horses that you can shoot four to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

(TTS A new version, incidentally, comes from the month of November and the four increases the power to 272 hp.)

If you just have to be expensive TT Roadster, the 3.2-liter six-cylinder 250 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque and a six-speed manual transmission standard. His growl is considerably throatier than the turbo four, and it does deliver some additional power with a huge price increase - but not much more than speed. Its 0-60 mph run takes about 5.7 seconds, Audi estimates.

A note on the transmission: manual gearboxes treaty could give the ultimate control over shifting, but VW/Audi 's double-clutch automatic is one of our favorite substitutes. By effectively coupling two automatic transmission in a single housing, the TT's "S-tronic" automatic can prepare and upshifts down on a clutch while the other had been released, giving smooth and fast with gearchanges transmission little whip. It's a good idea, it is copied to the automotive world - in the new BMW M3, by Dodge in Euro versions of the new Journey, and no doubt many others to come.

Like most any modern sports car, the TT has high levels of lateral grip and can take corners at high speeds, before the tires or the chassis even begin to consider their levels of comfort. The electric steering assistance is good enough, too - neither more nor boosted anesthetic. It is not as strong as what you can find in a BMW or even a new Lexus GS, but it is certainly a step up from the previous TT.

The V-6 versions of the roadster, Audi offers a magnetically damped suspension reflexive changing its behavior as the road surface changes. Although we have cars equipped with this system, we tend to prefer Audi normal settings of the suspension four-cylinder model. Its base MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link rear have a basic goodness in their compound, which allows the electric power steering to respond quite naturally - and these systems have not always good idea. The ride comfortable enough for a small short-wheelbase roadster that sits close to the ground - but we would not advise ordering optional S-line package and its 19-inch wheels, unless you live near roads perfectly smooth.

Even on the standard 17-inch wheels, with the electric power steering, the TT currently enjoys thanks to the hard falls, as well as anything else in its price category. Braking and performance seems to feel much better about this generation. And the extra effort put into the construction of the TT aluminum shows. The only updates Audi said he needed to be done for the Cup of the structure in its transformation into a Roadster include a brace in the rear, the construction of reinforced side sills aluminum and steel tubes for the sector beef up the A-pillars. Audi boasts a torsional stiffness is 120 percent higher than the last TT Roadster, and you can feel through the car and stretched answers quiver-free body.

Audi's negotiated some of the uniqueness of the TT in the development of a better car than the more sensitive, more substantial and more spacious. But they were also a little less distinct, and that may have been what the success of TT first question was - made his style and his references iconic appeal.

There are a few cars expressive in the same niche, like Nissan 350Z Roadster or the BMW Z4 Roadster - not to mention a whole class of four-seater rigid Volvo C70 convertible to the BMW 335i, ranging from on the high-end $30000. Each has its own flavor, especially the Nissan - which, from many angles, the new TT looks.

Make no mistake: the new TT's a good-looking, high-performance roadster. It is pleasant to drive, and did not receive any major flaws or drawbacks, other than the rather steep price. It's always glorious to watch, and much more engaging to drive, but it is no longer surprising that the original declaration for the Audi TT was made at the beginning of the decade.
Source: thecarconnection

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