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2018 Audi TTS Coupe verdict

We've long been fans of the Audi TTS, a car that's just had a midlife facelift. We find out what it’s like to drive in its spiritual home, the Isle of Man

Words By Neil Winn

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Audi TT on TT Course

These days, with the current rate of automotive development, by the time most cars require a β€˜midlife’ refresh they’re already behind the curve, over the hill and past their prime (delete as appropriate). So that's why Audi should take it as a compliment when we say that the TT didn’t feel like it needed much of a refresh – something we suspect the brand is already aware of, seeing that the changes for 2019 are, even by Audi standards, relatively minor.

However, small changes or not, the combination of a new gearbox and that extra slug of low-down torque does accentuate a package that, as a day-to-day proposition, is still unrivalled in the coupΓ© class. Of course, we still wish it was a little more engaging to drive, but it’s important not to forget that there is real dynamic capability beneath the TTS.

Ultimately, the story in the coupΓ© class goes unchanged. If all-weather performance is a priority, the TTS will appeal. But if you want a more immersive and thrilling driving experience, the Cayman is still the go-to choice.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

BMW 2 Series CoupΓ©

Porsche 718 Cayman


Audi TTS CoupΓ© 2.0 TFSI quattro

Price Β£45,000 (est) Engine Four-cylinder, turbocharged, petrol Power 302bhp at 5400rpm Torque 295lb ft at 2000-5300rpm Gearbox Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic Top speed 155mph 0-62mph 4.5sec Fuel economy tbc CO2, tax band tbc

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