As initial information and drive reports of the third-generation Audi TT are now emerging, we at Autos.ca thought we’d take one final look at the brand’s last hurrah with the outgoing second-gen model.
Dubbed the “Competition Edition”, our TTS is one of only 500 to be produced featuring Audi’s sexy 19-inch five-arm alloy wheels, a fixed spoiler and a pair of crucial “1 of 500” badges on the doors.
Oh and it’s yellow. Very, very yellow (Imola Yellow, to be exact).
This all adds up to a sports coupe that attracts a lot of attention, from neighbours to strangers (to even the group of seedy-looking hooligans hanging out around the graffiti wall seen in the photos). Despite its imminent life-cycle changes, people still seem to really like this distinctive TT’s style.
It looks an awful lot like the now-defunct TT RS that turned a pretty, but not overly sporty coupe, into a mini-Porsche 911 hunter with its fire-breathing inline-five putting out 360 horsepower and mated to a row-your-own six speed manual transmission. Even though I wish our TTS had the extra 95 horsepower of its rowdier sibling, this car is no slouch in acceleration thrills. Its outrageous appearance is sufficiently backed by a higher-performing version of the seminal 2.0L turbo four-banger found in a sorority sister’s Beetle. With a larger turbo fitted to the TTS, it whistles out 17.4 psi of max boost creating 265 horsepower.
All TTs and TTS’s in Canada are now fitted with Audi’s six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
When left in “D”, the S tronic (Audi-speak for that dual-clutch transmission), is eager to shift up to as tall a gear as it can in the interest of saving an extra bit of fuel. This means that when you’re looking to nip through a hole in traffic, you’ll have just enough time to think to yourself “oh crap, what have I done?!” while the Audi either winds up its turbo or drops a gear or two while a dump truck or bus barrels toward you.
2015 Audi TTS, dashboard. Click image to enlarge
Pulling away from a stop, the elastic-band sensation is also prevalent while suffering the turbo lag. Motorists are growing accustomed to modern turbo technology that spools up in a flash and delivers sensational torque from barely above idle. As a result, the TTS feels comparatively old school. It’s an exhilarating charm that just requires the driver to think ahead when he or she is going to need the boost.
By 2,500 rpm all the torques are ready to thrust and the TTS springs forward with considerable enthusiasm up to its power peak at 6,000 rpm, at which point there’s a small backfire pop and the gearbox seamlessly serves up the next cog. Ardent Han Solo fans can imagine they’re piloting the Millennium Falcon as it launches into hyperspace – the rest of us would prefer a smoother power delivery.