The Audi TT debuted in the 2000 model year as a quirky-looking sports coupe designed for younger buyers looking for inexpensive sport and luxury wrapped into one package. Beginning late in the 2009 model year, Audi released a higher-performance version of the TT, known as the TTS. As it heads into the2013 model year, the TTS is a carryover from the 2012 model year.
The 2013 TTS is completely unchanged from the 2012 model year and comes in just a single trim level – 2.0T Premium Plus – that is available in both a coupe and convertible body style. The TTS comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that pumps out 265 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque, while getting 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Combined with standard quattro all-wheel drive, the TTS hits 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
Because it is only available in a single trim level, the TTS relies on five optional packages for customers to customize their TTS. The first optional package is the Audi Navigation plus with Real-time Traffic and Six-disc CD Changer package, and it includes the driver information center with lap timer, Audi Navigation plus, six-disc CD changer and real-time traffic. Next up is the Audi Navigation plus with Audi Music Interface with iPod integration package, which adds the Audi music interface with iPod integration to the previous package. The next package is the Black Baseball-optic Leather package, which adds in Black Baseball-optic fine Nappa leather seating and an extended leather package. Next it the Madras Brown Baseball-optic Leather package, which is the same as the previous Baseball-optic package only it adds Madras Brown Nappa leather. Lastly, you have the largest package, the Prestige package, which adds in LED interior lighting, heated front seats, a driver information center with lap timer, rear parking assist, Audi Navigation and a BOSE 12-speaker sound system with a six-disc CD player.
Competition is not too expansive for the TTS, but there is enough to give you something to think about when considering it. The competition starts off with the 2013 BMW Z4, which comes standard with a 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower, a 5.8-second 0-to-60 time and leatherette interior. Next, you have the 2013 Porsche Boxster, which comes with a 2.7-liter flat-six engine with 265 horsepower, a 5.4-second sprint to 60 mph, and 18-inch wheels. Last is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK, which comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine with 201 horsepower, a 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph and leatherette interior.
As you can see, the list of competitors isn’t overly long, but the intensity of the competition is high. Despite the Audi TTS’ superior performance numbers, it still has a lot to prove in this segment.
The 2.0T Prestige Plus trim level on the 2013 Audi TTS is the base level, but it comes pretty well equipped. On the outside, it includes auto on/off and leveling Xenon headlights for added nighttime safety, fog lamps for safer driving in low-laying clouds, heated windshield washer nozzles for cooler climates and 19-inch five-parallel-spoke star-design wheels for a sporty look. On the inside, the Prestige Plus carries a three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel for a sporty look and feel, silk Nappa leather seats for extra comfort, automatic climate control to keep the cabin at the perfect temperature, and a nine-speaker Audi concert radio with AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity.
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Awesome styling, equal base price and 34 highway mpg, but lacks power and acceleration, and faux leather
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