Audi TTS Origins
Serving as the bridge between the Audi TT and the premium Audi TT RS, the Audi TTS was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in 2008. This 2009 model created immediate intrigue amongst US drivers and the fans of the incredibly popular TT. The TTS offered performance modifications from its TT platform—distinct differences in the cylinder block, heads, and fuel-injection system offered more horsepower, torque, and overall performance.About the Audi TTS
The Audi TT gained immediate popularity many drivers found it simply too cute. It lacked the look of a sports car and, worse, without any significant power or true road-blazing capability. Though quick, nimble, and serving as a great introduction for many drivers into the compact sports car arena, the TT was incomplete and unable to compete with many vehicles in its class. The Audi TTS was the first step towards presenting the automotive world with the beginnings of another top-tier sports car.
The Audi TTS evolved from the TT platform, but the body was immediately designed to possess a sleek, ground-hugging profile that is more similar to that of its competitors as well as the cars Audi has put in the Le Mans racing circuit. With the introduction of the Audi TTS, the Volkswagen-affiliated Audi AG proved that its design team could compete with Porsche.Modern Audi TTSs
The 2012 Audi TTS offers no significant change from the 2011 model year. The 2012 models will continue to include the Premium Plus quattro Coupe as well as the Premium Plus quattro Roadster convertible. Both models present drivers with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, testing similarly in track performance—the lighter Coupe clocking a slightly faster time when going from zero to 60 mph.
The MSRP for the Coupe is also priced slightly less than that of the convertible Roadster: $47,000 and $50,000, respectively.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine presents a significant boost in power from the standard Audi TT. The TTS is able to produce 265 hp, which is expertly controlled through the 2+2 quattro suspension and a six-speed, dual-clutch S tronic transmission.
In terms of efficiency, the Audi TTS offers one of its best selling points. With more than 260 horses and the ability to achieve 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, it's surprising that the TTS was tested to offer 21/29 mpg city/highway. A turbocharged sport coupe or convertible at 24 mpg is truly impressive.
The Audi TTS, like brothers TT and the TT RS, rolls on 19-inch wheels. Mounted on the wheels are 255/35R high-performance tires, allowing for expert maneuverability and performance as well as increased safety. The beautiful, five-dual spoke wheel design looks perfect with any of the eight available colors. When considering the impressive interior, the TTS offers luxurious comfort within a high-performance sports car. Few automakers rival the interior and trim options of Audi.
Safety capability begins with the performance of the TTS which comes equipped with standard features such as stability control; traction control; robust, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes with front and rear disc ventilation make for incredible stopping and maneuverability. Additionally, the interior includes driver and passenger airbags, side-curtain airbags, and other standard security and safety features that will offer peace of mind and better insurance rates.Audi TTS Evolution
Due to the relatively youthful nature of the Audi TTS, there have been few changes within its years of production. The 2009 model presented the same engine options and performance capability that are found within the 2012 model. There were no changes between the model years 2009 and 2010 and only a few body changes offered to the TTS for model years 2011 and 2012.
Most notably, the 2011 Audi TTS received an upgrade of its front, based on the design of the coveted Audi R8. The 2011 TTS also received a slight redesign of the grille, the Sport Trim Plus option became standard, including the 19-inch wheels. A Sport button was also offered as standard equipment. The Sport feature allows for push-button control of various performance features, such as suspension firmness, variable exhaust performance and volume, and the ability to engage or disengage steering assist.