Having ordered my 2.0 TFSI TT at the start of August I have been desperately awaiting a delivery date from Audi. Having read many of the reviews here I can see that I have joined a long queue to take ownership of this beautiful machine. Audi sent me a postcard detailing the fact that the car was being built but I still didn't receive any indication of a delivery date. However, I am glad to report that I received a phone call today from Gregg (my Audi salesman) who was delighted to say that my car had arrived in the UK.
The car's sudden arrival not only appears to have caught me by surprise but also Audi UK who were not expecting it for at least another month. I am therefore going to collect her next week and cannot wait. Good luck to everyone else in the TT queue!
In the past month I have test driven the Porsche Cayman, the Z4 Coupe, the New BMW Coupe 335i, the Merc CLS, and of course the new Audi TT (both 2.0 and 3.2 V6). So what the verdict?
To cut a long story short I've ordered the 2.0 TT with S-Tronic, full sat nav, 10 spoke alloys, bluetooth...without hesitation. While everything I test drove was well quick, nimble, and sharp, the TT added refinement, flexibility, and class to the proceedings.
While the Cayman was quicker and sharper it was under spec'ed and over priced. By the time I added sat nav and the tiptronic box the price had reached just shy of 40K. The Z4 Coupe was cramped, brutish, and difficult to see out of. The new 335i coupe was a real gem though and almost stole the show expect for the fact it is too understated and feels more of a GT car. The other thing about all these car is that they were way over the asking price for the new TT - between 5k and 15k more.
Having said this the price is not the reason I chose the TT. The feels just right. If I need to tootle around and do the regular things it doesn't let the side down, while if you want to travel long distances it will do so without a whimper, and of course if you want to get seriously frisky then be its guest. Also, I have 2 little sprogs who will fit into the rear seats rather well. I chose the 2.0 over the 3.2 for obvious reasons...it was worth the extra 5K.
The new TT - A sports car, a GT car , and an everyday car...all in one.
I went in to the showroom today to look at test driving an A6. As soon as I entered the showroom the new TT was sitting there in Silver Metallic with Magma red leather interior and the S tronic automatic/flappy paddle gear box. I fell in love with its stunning stylish looks immediately. I previously owned a TT (180 BHP Quattro) I have always had a soft spot for the car. I previously decided to chop it in for my A4 convertible as I decided the TT wasnt practical enough. Well who gives a damn about practicality I thought. The salesman had me driving the car within 5 minutes and I was so impressed. The interior is totally different though reassuringly familiar. The S tronic 6 speed auto/tiptronic/flappy paddle gear box is fantastically smooth and responsive. Whilst more than willing to fork out the extra £ 5k for the 3.2 V6 the salesman was honest enough to assure me that he and the rest of the showroom staff thought it to be a complete waste of money and all of them said if it was their money they would go for the 2 wheel drive 2.0 FSI Turbo which is exactly what I have done. I have however spent that £ 5k on extras such as full leather including the extended leather interior (Magma Red), 18 inch 10 spoke wheels, BOSE sound system, Ipod prep, bluetooth prep, metallic paint (Silver) and a few other bits and pieces. The wife has decided that she wants my A4 convertible and we will chop in her Cooper S convertible for the new TT.
Well done Audi! Close inspection of this car shows it to be very well built for this money. It is practical for a sports car - with the back seats folded down(let's face it - there's no other use for them!). The seating postion, while lower than the old TT, is still a little high. I took it for a good b-road blast and thought it coped reasonably well with bends and undulations and the the gearbox was very smooth but allowed me to 'play' when I felt like it. As your only car it would work well as the road noise is very subdued when just getting from A to B. When you feel like playing with those flappy-paddle gears, however, the fun begins! The V6 has a muted roar which encourages pressure on the right foot and some 'paddle work'. The suspension was slightly ponderous for a true sports car but I'm hoping the magnetic ride will sharpen this up. Try this back to back with a Cayman S and you will see why I have been so critical but having said that they are at least £15000 apart so in all Audi has done VERY well with this car at this price.
And guess what? I'm in the queue!
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