Recent drives of the 2016 Audi TT have been popping up all over the internet as of late. The, new for 2016, Audi TT is in its third generation now and seems more like a baby Audi R8 than ever. While the original TT predates the original R8, the new TT draws inspiration from its younger but bigger and more powerful sibling. It’s obvious from the first look at the new face of the Audi TT that it’s trying to imitate the R8, and that’s not a bad thing. This is the best looking Audi TT yet, period.
The interior is equally as fantastic. With circular jet turbine-inspired air vents, with the HVAC controls mounted in the center of the vents. This makes controlling the heat or A/C simple and good looking. Everything looks neat and tidy inside the TT, like it should in a proper sports car. The Virtual Cockpit, a large high-definition screen in place of the typical gauge cluster, can act as normal gauges, the navigation screen and pretty much anything else. It really makes looking at navigation directions or changing radio stations incredibly simple, as the driver barely needs to look away from the road to view any information. However, it is slightly odd that with the Virtual Cockpit optioned, the passenger doesn’t get a screen to look at or radio controls. So the driver is the sole controller of radio and navigation controls.
The previous TT was a sporty version of a small GT car, but it wasn’t an actual sports car. It was a decent imitation of a sports car, but wasn’t the real deal. This new Audi TT is every bit of the sports car we wanted it to be. Build on the same excellent MQB platform that underpins the Volkswagen GTI. This allows it to be stiffer and ride better than the previous TT while only being 11 pounds heavier, at 3,186 lbs. The MQB platform has been putting out some seriously good cars, like the VW GTI and Golf R, and the new Audi TT is another notch under its familial belt. The TT turns in sharply, rides really well and has good chassis dynamics.
The engine is a 2.0 TFSI, making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The upcoming TTS will have 292 hp, but for now we must deal with only 220. However, those 220 horses motivate the good looking little TT to 60 mph from zero in 5.3 seconds. That’s plenty quick enough and about GTI-level performance. It’s fast enough to be fun and that’s all that matters.
The 2016 Audi TT Coupe will start at $43,825 and $47,352 for the Roadster. This puts the TT right into BMW 428i and even its own Audi A5 sibling territory. So while it might be a good sports car, it needs to be considerably better to warrant buying one over the aforementioned other two cars which have similar performance and good looks, but also have rear seats for passengers, albeit small ones. We’ll have to get our hands on a TT to see how it actually is, but from the drive reviews circling, it seems like it could finally back up its good looks with serious driving skills.