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2009 Audi TT

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2009 Audi TT Review


When it first hit the streets for the 2000 model year, the radically styled Audi TT –- sleek and bulbous and minimalist at once –- left not a single head unturned in its wake. Eight years and a truckload of design awards later, that car has earned for itself a place in automotive history. While it would be unrealistic to expect the same kind of visual impact from its follow-up, with its second-generation TT, Audi has delivered a car that's even more exciting than the first. The front- or all-wheel-drive TT competes on varying levels with the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, all of which are rear-wheel-drive cars.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a two-seat roadster or a 2+2 coupe, you're probably looking for some combination of style, comfort and fun. In the TT you'll find equally lofty levels of the three.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If rear-wheel drive is the only way to go as far as you're concerned, or if you're looking for something to take to the track, pony up for the mid-engine, rear-drive, beautifully balanced Porsche Boxster or Cayman and be done with it.

What's New for 2009

The big news for 2009 is the arrival of the performance-oriented TTS trim later in the model year. New standard features on all TT Roadsters include an auxiliary audio input jack (deletes iPod interface options), SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Hill Hold Assist and a multi-function steering wheel. The 2.0T now features a manual soft top, with a power unit optional.

Driving the TT
Driving Impressions

The 2009 Audi TT is the most well-rounded car in its segment. On winding roads with little traffic, every version is capable of coaxing grins as big as those flashed...

... from any driver's seat. Like the coupe, the TT Roadster reacts instantly to steering input and then holds the road with a firm grip and minimal lean. Especially given its lower sticker price and notably better mileage, we actually prefer the lighter feel of the four-cylinder/front-drive combination than that of the heavier V6/all-wheel drive pairing. The impressive athletic ability of every TT is balanced by a surprisingly comfortable, downright pleasant highway ride. Even conversation is easy with the top down. The action of the manual transmission selector is fine, but the more time we spend with the automaker's wonderful dual-clutch transmission, the more archaic the old pedal-and-lever system feels.

S tronic Transmission
In stop-and-go traffic it's a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. On your favorite road or track it's a quick-shifting, no-pedal manual. Audi's S tronic dual-clutch transmission (the same transmission cousin Volkswagen calls DSG) is truly revolutionary.

Magnetic Ride Suspension
The Audi magnetic ride system is built around strut fluid containing tiny magnetic particles. By applying electricity to those particles, the fluid becomes thicker and the suspension becomes stiffer. When traffic is light and your right foot is heavy, the TT gets more athletic at the push of a button.

2009 Audi TT Details
2009 Audi TT photo Interior

Whether or not you notice the TT's increased dimensions from the outside, you'll surely appreciate them inside. Contemporary design, premium materials and a wide array of color choices combine in a passenger cabin that furthers Audi's reputation for producing standout interiors. New for 2009 is a Magma Red leather option. Base models feature sport seats covered in a combination of leather and suede-like Alcantara, brushed aluminum trim and a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel that provides a touch more leg clearance on entry and exit, but mostly just looks cool.


The second-generation TT doesn't pack the visual impact of the original, but that's a common plight with sequels. It's no less stylish, though, with crisper lines and the brand's trapezoidal grille sending out a decidedly more contemporary vibe. The TT Roadster bucks the trend toward retractable hardtops in favor of a lighter cloth top, the powered version of which opens in 12 seconds and operates while driving at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Although larger, the new TT is actually lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. Standard exterior equipment includes attractive 17-inch wheels and a retractable rear spoiler that extends automatically at 74 miles per hour.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Base model TTs feature Alcantara/leather sport seats, automatic climate control and an AM/FM/CD sound system with auxiliary audio input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. For a CD changer, power seats and other items, you'll have to pay extra. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control plus front and front-side airbags.

Optional Equipment

Some of the TTs more significant options include an Audi magnetic ride dual-mode suspension system, backup sensors, navigation (Prestige model only), Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, Bi-xenon Adaptive Headlights and, on S tronic-equipped models, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Under the Hood

With 250 horsepower, quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of six-speed manual or revolutionary dual-clutch manu-matic transmissions, a V6-equipped TT is one powerful, stable, tossable fun machine. Still, the front-end weight savings, lower price and 30-percent better mileage make the 2.0T model – available exclusively with the dual-clutch gearbox and front- or all-wheel drive – the version we'd recommend for most. Both the 2.0T and 3.2 quattro models offer the Audi magnetic ride system that produces a noticeably firmer suspension at the push of a button.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (FWD), 21/29 (AWD)

3.2-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 18/24 (S tronic)

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