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Audi TT review – performance and 0-60

That combo of transmission and EA888 makes all TTs quick, with even the lowliest model hitting 62mph in 6.6sec

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  • Superb interior; sharp and restrained aesthetic; better to drive than any TT before
  • Not particularly enjoyable to drive; is a TT just a bit 2001 these days?

In all standard TTs, performance and response is apparent, but character? Not so much. The engine feels and sounds flat, yet does deliver some impressive acceleration figures, with the entry-level 40TFSI model reaching 62mph in 6.6sec, and the 45TFSI in 5.8sec and 5.2sec in front-wheel drive and Quattro forms respectively.

As with most Audis, you can adjust the demeanour of the car via the Driver Select menu. Pre-defined Comfort, Auto and Dynamic modes tailor the dampers, steering and engine in the usual fashion, or you can have it your own way and mismatch the various settings to your individual taste, something that we’ll come back to later.

The range-topping TTS is next quickest. Some 50kg lighter than the previous model, its 2.0-litre TFSI engine puts out 302bhp and 280lb ft of torque – good enough to enable the car to sprint to 62mph in 4.6sec and onto a limited 155mph top speed.

The acceleration figures are certainly quick enough to put the TTS ahead of its closest rivals (a Cayman takes 5.1sec even with a PDK ’box) and while the four-pot isn’t stirringly musical in its soundtrack (it’s certainly not as characterful as the latest Golf R), there’s a pleasing edge to its voice and you do get the now increasingly common fireworks on a trailing throttle. The engine pulls cleanly and strongly, with hardly a whiff of turbocharging about its very linear delivery.  

The TT RS is by some margin the quickest TT though, reaching 62mph in just 3.7sec. It's a fantastic engine too, with a spine-tingling whip-crack soundtrack that elevates the RS to another level above the TTS.

Performance might even exceed Audi's own claims, with a brief test on the RS's launch revealing a 3.4 second sprint to 60mph. Either way, the engine and gearbox is a potent combination, delivering near supercar performance to the TT RS.

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