Continuing our new, shorter feature on First Drives
Audi TTS Coupe 2.0T Quattro S tronic
By Ron Amadon
KENT ISLAND, MD. – I just thought that upon introduction one should use the fun to drive Audi coupe’s full name.
Allow me to start with a neat feature. As you can see from the accompanying picture, everything the driver could want to know is displayed on the instrument panel, what Audi calls the “virtual cockpit.” All contained in a 12.3 TFT display – good thinking! For better or worse, Audi says it’s all visible from the passenger’s seat.
Under the hood was a responsive 2.0-liter turbo four with 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque – enough to produce a 0-60 of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155, which would be better realized at a track.
Handling was nothing sort of superb, the 6-speed S tronic automatic was quick and smooth, and, of course there was Audi’s all-wheel drive. That is the only transmission offered.
Just sitting in this slick looking coupe is enough to tell the driver that, “this is going to be fun.” The flat bottom steering wheel enhances that feeling, and once you have found a deserted twisty back road, you wish it would last forever.
The interior has a high class fit, feel and finish to it. Ahh but you may ask, where are the atmospheric controls? Air conditioning, ventilation, AKA heat at this time of year, and the heated seats are all controlled from the vents. This move, matched with that “Virtual Cockpit” results in one of the least cluttered interiors that I have seen.
Forget about picking up your offspring’s hockey team. There is room, and an abundance of it, for only two occupants. The outback is best preserved for packages.
Missing was a handy place to stash a cell phone.
The model I drove was a hardtop, but in California it would be mandatory to opt for the convertible. A drive up Routes 33 and 166 through the Sierra Madre Mountains north of Santa Barbara would be an excellent place to exercise the TTS drop top.
Fully redesigned in 2016, the TTS would be a stylish addition to your neighborhood, especially in the Daytona Gray pearl effect paint of the test vehicle.
With a $3,250 Technology package, and a $950 Bang and Olufsen Sound System, the TTS carried an MSRP of $57,600 with delivery.
As you may have guessed, it is one of my all-time favorite coupes.
Base price: $51,900
Economy: 23 city, 27 highway, 25 combined
Curb Weight: 3,230
HP 292 @ 5,400-6,200 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 1,900 – 5,300 rpm
Tires: 245/35 R19 Summer tires
Wheels: 9.0” x 19” Audi Sport 5-spoke design
Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles