Review: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic Luxury Sports Car

Having test-driven the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic for the past week – courtesy of Audi Singapore – I found the luxury sports car a thrilling ride suited for urban roads of Singapore. This is the conclusion of a two-part review following the test drive.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The front-wheel driven car is powered by a bigger 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that puts out 227bhp and 370Nm of torque, which is plenty light 1,285kg that the facelift weighs.

 

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The ride for the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic is firm, while the steering is light but precise.

Mid-drive acceleration is responsive especially in Sport mode with the maximum 370Nm at 1,600rpm.

My take:

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic is an exhilarating ride that offers a proven design that’s lasted the car’s 20-year vintage, quality interior befitting the German marque, and most importantly, sharp handling and performance you’d expect from a sports car.

The car hugs to the road even in the sharpest of turns, including on damp roads when it rained on one of the days when I test-drove the coupe.

The TT now comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic S tronic transmission, compared to the seven-speed one prior to the facelift.

Exterior design wise, the smart looks is iconic of the Audi TT line that has seen the proven styling little changed in its 20 years’ existence.

The latest face lift is more masculine, progressive and sportier and I still love it.

 

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The driver-centric cockpit with air vents that harkens to jet engines.

The design of the cabin is driver-focussed with the cockpit and displays thoughtfully laid out to put the driver at the centre at the centre of the driving experience.

I like the Virtual Cockpit display directly behind the small flat-bottomed steering wheel.

 

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Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display directly behind the small flat-bottomed steering wheel – with two modes of digital display.

This display replaces conventional analogue dials and gauges with a 12.3-inch digital display.

You can switch view and control customisable satellite navigation, instrument and infotainment screens using buttons on the steering wheel or a rotary dial in the centre console.

I found the menus are easy to navigate and the various inputs responsive to use.

The flip side of a driver-centric design is that it kind of detracts from the front passenger role.

It’s now more difficult for the passenger to control the in car entertainment since the infotainment display is no longer in the traditional central position in most cars.

 

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The rear of the latest Audi TT Coupé features horizontal lines that underscore the width of the sports car.

It’s also more difficult for the passenger to play the role of navigator since the SatNav display is now snuggled behind the steering wheel in front of the driver.

Space-wise, the TT Coupé offers 2 back seats which is great for bags and coats, and perhaps small children, occasionally.

 

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The new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic that puts out 227bhp and 370Nm of torque at 1600rpm.

Tall adults will find it too crammed and have the boot cover hit the head – but this IS a sports coupe and not a full-sized 4-seater saloon.

The TT Coupé has a huge boot that’s accessed via a big hatchback.

 

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The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic – a truly exhilarating ride.

The rear seats flip down 50/50, folding flush with the boot floor, expanding the boot space from 305 litres to a generous 712 litres.

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