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On it's debut the Audi TT stole the hearts of the critics and the driving public alike. However, almost 15 years have passed since that grand introduction, so Audi has had to work hard to keep the TT fresh and relevant in the 2012 marketplace.
In fact the TT has been the product of much hard work by Audi throughout the vehicle’s up and down lifespan. An instant icon of sleek styling at its launch, only to be lambasted during a manufacturer recall on safety grounds, the TT returned to plaudits such as nominations for North American Car of the Year. A massive rethink by Audi saw the TT second generation launched during the mid 2000’s to regain some ground lost to the likes of Nissan’s 370Z.
The 2012 TT is the refined result of much toil by Audi to ensure it remains a potent factor, both visually and from a driving perspective. Of course the TT’s styling is still as eye-catching as it ever was, and its subtly tweaked sleek lines are still the envy of the competition, so there’s no question that if aesthetics were your primary factor when deciding which car to buy, you’d choose the Audi every time. But should you judge this particular book by its cover, or would you be better off with a Mini or Porsche Boxter?
Well you certainly wouldn’t be disappointed by the TT. As you slip into the cabin you’re welcomed by a smart interior of leather, Alcantara and aluminum, all nicely laid-out and the perfect compliment to the exterior styling. One drawback is the rear seating arrangement – yes there is a rear ‘seat’ but in all honesty it’s so cramped that it’s all but useless for an adult to travel in comfort upon. Essentially the TT is a two-seater and as long as you aren’t planning on using it as a family transporter you’ll be happy.
Under the hood the TT also stacks up to its rivals, with a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant delivering 211 horsepower. For such a neat and light car this is more than capable of propelling it in very swift fashion.
The aforementioned 2.0L turbocharged engine produces 0-60 times of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 130 and the sporty suspension keeps the TT firmly on the road. However the adaptive rear spoiler that automatically deploys at 75mph might seem like a flashy addition, but it’s guaranteed to earn you a ticket. The beautiful 18” alloys also come as standard as do the xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as the rain and light sensors that will activate the wipers/lights when appropriate. Driver information and sound systems are both excellent as is the long list of trim extras and creature comforts that are standard to the TT.
The TT continues to fight its corner in the 2-door sports coupe division and remains a serious contender.
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