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2009 Audi TTS Review
Drives like a sports car with a luxury coupe interior.
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The 2009 Audi TTS is the high-performance model of the Audi TT. Available in both a two-door coupe and a roadster convertible, it offers the performance and handling of a sports car. The TTS is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder 265-hp turbocharged engine, Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) and a six-speed automated manual transmission.
Standard equipment on the Base Premium trim level includes a chrome grille, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, power heated mirrors with turn signal lights, mechanical center differential, center limited slip differential, brake hill holder, MacPherson strut front suspension, multilink rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), emergency braking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, brake drying, remote anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, fog lights, dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling capability, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, sport front seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery, split-folding rear seatback, cruise control, front console with storage, manual rear seat easy entry, 12-volt power outlets, electric speed-proportional power steering, universal remote transmitter, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with paddle shifters and audio control functions, interior charcoal air filter, dual-zone climate control, alloy/leather interior trim, tachometer, external temperature display, trip computer, and 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with nine speakers and radio data system.
The 2009 Audi TT Roadster features a fabric-trimmed manual convertible soft top, multilayer headliner, and rear glass window.
The Premium Plus option package features rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and power heated front seats. The Roadster Premium Plus package also includes a power-folding convertible soft top.
The Prestige package adds a navigation system with seven-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera with parking assist, LED interior lights, and a Bose premium audio system with a six-CD changer which is installed in the glove compartment.
Napa leather upholstery with contrasting seams is optional, as are 19-inch five-parallel-spoke alloy wheels with summer performance tires, and 19-inch seven-twin-spoke alloy wheels.
Engines: 2.0-liter 265-hp turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmissions: Six-speed automated manual transmission with Audi quattro AWD
Models: Audi 2.0 T TTS Coupe, Audi 2.0 T TTS Convertible
2009 marks the first year for the Audi TTS, which is the high-performance model of the Audi TT.
Like the Audi TT, the 2009 Audi TTS’ silhouette is low and sleek. It has Audi’s signature trapezoid-shaped grille, and a power retractable rear spoiler that automatically deploys at 75 mph, and retracts at 60 mph. LED running lights sit below the Xenon headlights. Large air intakes appear on the upgraded bumper; quad-tip exhaust pipes grace the rear. Also new on the TTS is the front fascia, rear skirts and rocker panels, and chrome accents on the mirrors.
Audi’s Space Frame technology of using laser-welded aluminum and steel results in a stiffer body, increased acceleration and enhanced safety.
The interior of the 2009 Audi TTS provides an equal measure of sportiness and luxury. The coupe features sport front bucket seats and a small back seat, which is large enough for small children. Cargo space in the coupe is an impressive 13.1 cubic feet. By folding down the rear seat, cargo capacity increases to 24.7 cubic feet. The TTS roadster offers seating for two. The convertible top folds evenly with the body of the car, it does not reduce the amount of cargo space in the trunk. The metal pedals match the metallic trim within the cabin. The flat-bottomed steering wheel has a sporty look.
The roadster’s fabric-trimmed cloth top has a multilayer headliner and a rear glass window to aid in sound and weather insulation.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Audi TTS offers more power with its 265-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an adaptive Magnetic Ride suspension which offers ""Normal"" and ""Sport"" settings. It automatically adapts to road and driving conditions using magnetically-charged hydraulic fluid, instantaneously adjusting the shock absorbers, which allows the vehicle to shift from one setting to the other in a 0.2 second.
The S tronic automated manual transmission allows for rapid shifts by way of a double clutch. Shifting can be done by using the shift lever or the shift paddles that are mounted on the steering column. Automatic ""Normal"" and ""Sport"" driving modes can allow the driver to further customize their driving.
Audi’s quattro AWD sends powers to all four wheels, which improves handling on wet or snowy pavement. The brakes on the TTS have been improved to match the car’s increased power. The TTS coupe can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
Standard safety equipment includes ABS with brake assist, hill holder, stability control, an anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, front side-mounted airbags, and front knee-level airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi TTS Roadster: 19/29 mpg city/highway
- Fuel economy
- Ample cargo space in coupe
- Engine power
You Won't Like
- Small back seat in coupe
- No manual transmission option
Drives like a sports car with a luxury coupe interior.
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