Available as a 2 + 2 coupe or two-seater convertible, the driver-centric 2012 Audi TTS reflects Audi's fun, sporty side, in a small and practical daily driver. The TTS' 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces a very capable 265 horsepower, 54-hp more than the regular TT. All that extra power does well pushing the TTS' small frame. Audi's dual clutch automatic is the only transmission available on the TTS, though Audi recently introduced a manual transmission on the TT RS. Enthusiasts looking for even more performance can opt for the TT RS, which is powered by a much stronger 2.5-liter 360-hp engine.
The TTS is finished with high-quality materials giving the sporty car a premium interior, typical of the German automaker. Thanks to Audi's all-wheel-drive quattro system, superior handling and cornering are notable. Boasting up to 29 mpg highway and 21 mpg in city driving, the TTS offers decent fuel economy to boot. Those considering the coupe should note that although technically a four-seater, it can only fit two adults comfortably, and even larger children would experience cramped quarters. With an attractive design aesthetic, premium interior, and fun, sporty drive with good fuel economy, the 2012 Audi TTS makes for an attractive package.
Body styles: Coupe, convertible
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: six-speed dual-clutch automatic
Models: Premium Plus, Prestige
While there are no changes to the 2012 Audi TTS, a refreshed version may appear in the future. The previous model year saw a more efficient engine and some cosmetic changes.
The 2012 Audi TTS 2+2 coupe and two-seater roadster have an attractive, sleek body, and represent the latest in the Audi design language. Eighteen-inch wheels and daytime LED lights are standard. The convertible doesn't have a hard-top option, like the BMW Z4, but Audi says this is to keep the car light in weight, just as the car uses light weight steel throughout the frame.
The German automaker has earned a reputation for producing top-notch interiors, and the TT is a good example of this. Audi's Multi-Media Interface (MMI) utilizes a control knob on the dashboard, compared to newer systems, this isn't the most convenient or user-friendly infotainment system. Sporty front seats along with some aluminum accents on the multi-function steering wheel, vents and console offer a premium touch. The coupe's rear seats are not practical or usable for daily use or anything beyond a quick errand trip. Unlike its competitors, the roadster still utilizes a folding soft-top as the only option.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Audi TT's turbocharged four-cylinder engine is updated with Audi Valve Lift and now offers 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Upgraded for the hot 2012 Audi TTS model, the turbo four makes 265 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. A revised base engine with a bit more power is expected in 2011.
Antilock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact thorax bags for front passengers and front and rear head curtain bags. Electronic Stability and traction control are also standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
TT: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway
TT RS: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Sporty styling
- Good handling
- Solid build quality
- Decent fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Rear seats in name only (coupe)
- Manual transmission only on TT RS
- Light steering
More than just a good looker
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